MEP Muscardini calls on EU’s Ashton to intervene for release of Camp Ashraf hostages

NCRI – Hon. Cristiana Muscardini, spokesperson for the Conservatives and Reformists group at the European Parliament has written to Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs to mediate and secure the release of seven Iranian dissidents taken hostage by Iraqi forces during September 1 massacre at the camp.

“The European Union should act in defense of the seven Iranian hostages, including six women, held by Iraqi forces loyal to the government of Baghdad.” “There is this fear that the Iraqi government hand over these civilians who survived the massacre in Camp Ashraf where they had taken refuge and 52 people were massacred, “said the Hon. Cristiana Muscardini, spokesperson for the European Conservatives and Reformists group.

Italian MEP Cristiana Muscardini made the remarks after writing to the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, asking her to act as mediator.

“If the hostages were to be deported to Iran their lives would be at risk, since they would be tortured by the regime and could be executed, in a country where the protection of human rights and the respect of political opponents are unknown. “

“We ask that the High Representative Catherine Ashton to intervene immediately to secure the release of the seven Iranian hostages.”

“The European Union cannot wait any longer to take action in defense of human rights. “

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