No investigations yet into the murder of Ashraf residents in 2009, Amnesty International says

In its latest reports about rights violations in Iraq, Amnesty International has highlighted crimes against humanity committed in July 2009 in Camp Ashraf, where 3,400 Iranian dissidents reside, and stresses that despite its promises the Iraqi government has failed to conduct the necessary investigations about the deaths of residents by assailing forces.

On July 28 and 29, 2009, Iraqi forces attacked Camp Ashraf, where members of the main Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) reside, at the behest of the Iranian regime. As a result, 11 people lost their lives and more than 500 were injured.


The Amnesty report, which was published on Monday, September 13, 2010, also points to shocking human rights violations and torture in Iraqi prisons under the government of Nouri al-Maliki.

With respect to Camp Ashraf, the report says, “In July 2009 the government stated that it had set up an investigation into the killing of six Iranian refugees, members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), in Camp Ashraf in Diyala governorate after the camp had been raided by Iraqi security forces provoking an international outcry. As of July 2010 it is not known to Amnesty International
whether the investigation had been conducted. If it was conducted the findings have not
been made public.”

The report goes on to say, “The PMOI is an Iranian opposition group and it has about 3400 members who have been living in Camp Ashraf since 1986. The camp had been under US military control from 2003 until June 2009.”

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