Politicians, Jurists in a conference at UN Headquarters in Geneva defend rights of Camp Ashraf

Politicians, Jurists in a conference at UN Headquarters in Geneva:
Call on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to station a permanent monitoring team in Ashraf to prevent another attack until transfer of all residents to third countries

Iranians and families of Ashraf residents will provide for the expenses of UN protection for Ashraf so that delay in allocation of budget would not lead to further loss of lives

On Thursday, August 11, a number of prominent American and European scholars, officials and political figures convened to express their concerns over a lack of effective measures by the UN and its pertinent bodies to prevent the recurrence of another Srebrenica in Ashraf. The meeting called on the United Nations and its relevant institutions to interfere and take the initiative to solve this humanitarian crisis by resorting to urgent action. Drawing on twenty-two legal opinions that demonstrate that International Law, International Humanitarian Law, and many other international conventions side with Ashraf, the meeting emphasized that the support of thirty parliament majorities in the world, support of U.S. Congressmen, and support of many Iraqi officials and political leaders who urge an urgent humanitarian solution to the Ashraf crisis, all lend support to the endeavors of the United Nations to resolve this crisis.

Speakers to this meeting, presided over by Eric Sottas, Director of World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), were: Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance; Teodor Melescanu, Senator from Rumania and Paulo Casaca, former member of European Parliament. Among participants were renowned scholars and jurists such as Professor Eric David, Professor of International Law from Belgium; Dr. Juan Garcès, prominent Spanish lawyer; Guy Goodwin-Gill, Professor from Oxford and expert in refugee matters in international affairs; Ms. Vera Gowlland, professor of international law from the University of Geneva; Jean Ziegler, member of the advisory committee of the Human Rights Council; Christiane Perregaux, co-President of the Legislative Council in Geneva; Alfred Zayas, professor of international law and international relations in Geneva, Fattorini Gianfranco, Co-Chair of Movement against Racism and for Friendship among the Peoples (MRAP).

In her speech Mrs. Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, emphasized that Ashraf is now a very sensitive human rights case; she said: “United Nations and its institutions can take the initiative for a peaceful and permanent solution to this crisis and prevent the occurrence of another Srebrenica in Ashraf. Many factors come to assist the UN in this humanitarian mission.”
Mrs. Rajavi reminded the responsibilities of the United Nations institutions regarding the crisis in Ashraf as follows:

? The establishment of a United Nations monitor at Ashraf to observe the situation;
? The UNHCR’s reaffirmation of the prima facie or group determination of political refugee status of residents of Ashraf, even on an interim basis, so that the residents would enjoy protection under international law and a protective shield against Maliki. The Iraqi Prime Minister justifies attacks by Iraqi forces under the pretext that the residents of Ashraf have no legal status now, despite living in Iraq legally for quarter of a century;
? The immediate commencing of investigations into the April 8 massacre under the auspices of the United Nations;
? Compelling the Iraqi Government to announce compliance with the call by the UN Secretary General to refrain from any use of force or violence, to end the inhumane siege and the psychological torture of the residents, and to withdraw the military forces from Ashraf, where 1,000 Muslim women are living;
? International support for the European Parliament solution to transfer the residents of Ashraf to third countries and provide and guarantee their protection until that transfer is completed.

Mrs. Rajavi requested from Mr. António Guterres and Ms. Navi Pillay to act expeditiously because the inaction to prevent the next massacre in the ensuing four months after the April 8massacre has heightened the threats. She stressed that: “If helpful, Iranians and families of Camp Ashraf residents will handle the expenses incurred by the UN to provide protection to the residents of Ashraf so that the bureaucratic procedures for allocation of budget would not cause delays leading to a further loss of innocent lives.”

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 11, 2011


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