Green light for continuation and escalation of suppression of Ashraf and Liberty
– Through falsification and distortion, UNAMI’s semiannual report covers up forcible evacuation of Ashraf, violation of fundamental rights of residents, four years of siege, and turning of Camp Liberty into a prison and glosses over crimes by Government of Iraq and the Iranian regime
UNAMI, under leadership of Martin Kobler, published a report on December 21 on the condition of human rights in Iraq during the first half of 2012 (January-June period).
This report, in the section that refers to Ashraf and Liberty, has resorted to falsification, disregard and distortion of realities to depict Camp Liberty as a paradise in Iraq where residents enjoy privileges beyond Iraqi citizens. The objective is to cover up forcible eviction of Ashraf residents, the depriving of residents of their ownership rights, a tyrannical four-year siege, the turning of Camp Liberty into a prison, the absence of human rights and humanitarian standards, the violation of residents’ fundamental rights, and the infringement on international conventions and to gloss over crimes against humanity committed by Government of Iraq at the behest of the Iranian regime with facilitation of Martin Kobler that has taken and continues to take place. This report acts as a green light for the Iraqi government and the Iranian regime to continue and intensify suppressive policies and inhumane siege against residents of Ashraf and Liberty.
How the report was prepared
1- Anyone who has followed Mr. Kobler’s actions in the past 15 months is quite familiar with his fictitious reports full of political malice. The Iranian Resistance has previously and on numerous occasions disclosed some of these fabricated reports. Altered and selected pictures of Camp Liberty to deceive Ashraf residents is one example.
2- Mr. Tahar Boumedra, SRSG advisor on Ashraf affairs who was responsible for Ashraf dossier in UNAMI for three and a half years and resigned this year in May in protest to Kobler’s actions, in his two shocking testimonies at the U.S. Congress on September 13 and the UK parliament on 11 December 2012, has exposed the process of preparing these reports. Speaking at the UK parliament he states:
“….During the three and a half years I never received any allegation from the Ashrafis that did not turn true and I had never dealt with an allegation from the Government of Iraq that did not turn to be false,….We go on a weekly basis to visit the Ashrafis… , when we go back to report, there is also, we are employees of the United Nations and most of us try to keep the job, they’re not there to defend human rights, we’re there to defend our jobs! So, before I do anything I have to make sure that my report will satisfy the SRSG. And I know that whatever I report the report will be rewritten at what we call the front desk of the SRSG. So, he’s got his own staff who have never been out of that office, his staff don’t know the situation on the ground, his staff never met any Ashrafi, and yet their words on those reports preferred from my report coming from the ground. So, whatever I report it never reaches New York, the SRSG office, will reshape the whole thing and put it the way it should be done because we are there to report and to keep everybody happy. When Al-Maliki is happy, the Secretary General of the United Nations is happy.”
3- Vice-President of the European parliament Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in his letter to the Secretary-General regarding the report of Mr. Kobler’s visit to Camp Liberty, wrote on 12 June 2012:
“ Mr Kobler’s report is totally biased and leaves no doubt that, so far as Ashraf is concerned, he is pursuing a special political agenda which is by no means in service of the residents’ rights. I wrote in my letter of May 28 to the High Commissioner António Guterres, “Mr Kobler’s mandate seems to be, first and above all, closing Ashraf at any price and piling up the residents in Liberty Prison. This has caused us all frustration and dismay.”
Now after that report, I feel I was still optimistic about Mr Kobler’s goals and programmes. Mr Kobler’s visit was following his return from his trip to Tehran.
Briefly, the written or non-written parts of the report give the impression that Iraq behaves with understanding and patience and provides enough necessities, but the residents are maximalists who have irrational demands, refrain from talking with Iraqi officials, create crisis, and make trouble for those willing to leave the camp.
This is nothing but a fabrication and distortion. This is the first time I am using such words about a UN official or an official in a democratic state; so far, I have used them only for officials in totalitarian regimes. If you go over what has happened to Ashraf residents over the past six months, and if you just enumerate Mr Kobler’s violations of his pledges, and if you just review his unrealistic reports, you wouldn’t reprove me.”
4- In UNAMI’s semiannual report there is no trace of around 200 letters and daily reports from Ashraf and Liberty residents and around 120 letters, emails and reports from residents’ representative outside Iraq sent to Mr. Kobler and the apparatus that he heads in the period of January to June 2012; they have all been ignored. Likewise, there is no sign of issues presented by residents’ representatives in dozens of meetings with Mr. Kobler and his representatives. All letters and reports from various parliamentary groups, prominent political dignitaries, and residents’ jurists and lawyers have also been brushed aside.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
5- UNAMI’s semiannual report attempts to depict signing of the MoU agreement between Mr. Kobler and Iraqi government’s National Security Advisor as a grand achievement of the SRSG. However, it fails to make any mention that although SRSG had made promises to residents’ representatives in Brussels, Paris and Ashraf that he would not sign the MoU without residents’ agreement, he did go ahead and sign it without the consent and even the knowledge of residents; an MoU that fails to meet minimum demands of residents.
6- The semiannual report even forgets that this very memorandum of understanding has been continuously violated by Government of Iraq with UNAMI and the SRSG himself has kept silent before it. According to the MoU, Camp Liberty must adhere to humanitarian and human rights standards; nonetheless, this is utterly not so. Even Mr. Kobler’s statement of January 31 on the readiness of Camp Liberty to receive residents just emphasizes on humanitarian standards and completely forgets about human rights standards; not to mention that it later became clear that SRSG’s claim about adherence to humanitarian standards was also utterly unreal.
7- The report conceals the fact that SRSG explicitly had residents choose between a further attack by Iraqi forces and their massacre or to leave their home of 26 years and go to “Liberty” prison. This is not in any way a voluntary relocation; it is rather a forced eviction. The standard of life of residents in Ashraf was far superior to that at Camp Liberty. Ashraf’s area is 70 times larger than “Liberty”. Initially, UNAMI informed residents that Camp Liberty is 40 square kilometers and it will be wholly at the disposal of residents. A while later in Paris, Mr. Kobler told residents’ representatives that the area is 2.5 square kilometers. It however turned out later that the section of Camp Liberty to be given to residents is just half a square kilometer.
8. The report amazingly does not mention anything about the three statements by the UNHCR on 1February, 1March and 28 March 2012 regarding Ashraf and Liberty that underscore freedom of movement in Camp Liberty, and makes no reference to prohibition of commutes from Liberty.
9. The opinion by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued in May 2012 (i.e. during the period of UNAMI’s report) specifies that the conditions in Camp Liberty is synonymous to that of a prison and violates article 9 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and articles 9 and 10 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Failure to mention UNHCR statements and setting aside the assessment of the most credible international authority regarding the issue of detentions and detention centers, and not taking into consideration its instructions clearly shows how void, apocryphal and misleading UNAMI report is.
10. However, the truth is even more bitter and worrisome; Mr. Kobler not only did not live up to his duty as a UN official to implement the instructions of this UN body, but he made his best effort directly or indirectly to have the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention retreat from its professional opinion. Nevertheless the Group once again in its second recently issued opinion not only reiterated its first opinion, but also concluded that Ashraf too has prison-like conditions and human rights mechanisms should investigate the allegations GOI is accused of.
11- The report does not speak of the residents’ ban from accessing their family, human rights activists, parliamentarians, reporters and any foreign visitor to Liberty and Ashraf, and it does not mention that the camp’s government management is a henchman named Sadeq Mohammed Kazem, who was responsible for opening fire on the residents during the two criminal massacres at Ashraf in 2009 and 2011, and the fact that he has been summoned to an international tribunal in the Spanish court, and that he was temporarily arrested in Paris in June 2012 for his role in the torture of Ashraf residents. He receives all of his repressive orders from the Iraqi Prime Ministry, passing them on the agents of the Army Intelligence, orders such as harassing and mistreating patients and placing pressures on them during their commuting to Baghdad, and also preventing the entry of commodities into the camp.
12- In a very small camp, there is one central police station and at least five other police posts and uninterrupted patrols. Following long and repeated talks with the Special Representative, he finally announced in an official letter on 16 March 2012 that from now on police presence will be limited. However, most of the articles stated in this letter, similar to Mr. Kobler’s other letters and promises, were never actually implemented.
13. On 21 February 2012, the National Council of Resistance of Iran disclosed a document revealing the Iraqi Prime Ministry had guaranteed the mullahs regime “the PMOI in Liberty will be under direct control of Iraqi forces” after the transfer of a number Ashraf residents, adding these conditions “will paralyze this organization and … in Liberty they will become the living dead.” On 21 February 2012, the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran declared the mullahs’ terrorist Quds Force and Ministry of Intelligence – with Iraqi government assistance – have installed eavesdropping devices on 15-meter high towers adjacent to Camp Liberty. According to these reports, these devices were installed to cover the area in which the residents’ trailers were located. In addition to this, spying cameras were installed in various areas of the camp to control all commuting inside. The signals from these eavesdropping devices and spying cameras were transmitted to the Iranian regime, causing serious security threats for the residents and their families.
Having religious fascism involved in the fate of dissidents by Kobler
14- The report disregards the most important issue being the continuous objections of the residents during the past year. The residents, their lawyers, political groups, and many international prominent figures frequently asked Mr. Kobler not to have the Iranian regime involved in their fate. Multiple dialogs between Mr. Kobler and Danai-Far, a commander of the terrorist Quds force and mullahs’ Ambassador to Iraq, about Ashraf residents faced with the residents’ protest which was never taken into consideration.
15- In his under the oath testimony before the US Congress, Mr. Boumedra declared:
“Yes, Mr. Chairman, I do confirm here in front of you that UNAMI has no independence whatsoever. That every issue dealt with regarding Ashraf is decided at the prime minister’s office and sometimes at the Iranian embassy in Baghdad”.
He also added that he had participated in five meetings of Kobler and Danai- Far in which the main topic was the case of Ashraf.
16-“On return from Tehran and following the meetings with security officials of the clerical regime including Qasem Soleimani, chief of the terrorist Qods force, on24th of April Maliki’s security advisor, Faleh Fayaz Al-Ameri, said on Iraqi state television that it is natural “to discuss the issue of the ‘terrorist’ organization of Mojahedin with the Iranian party”. The security advisor added, “Mr. Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Iraq, has talked in details with Iraqi and Iranian parties through the Iranian Embassy or other channels communicating with Iran in order to provide the requirements for implementation of the understanding which has been agreed on between him and Iraq to close camp Ashraf and put an end to the presence of this organization on Iraqi territory. Talks included the mechanisms and Iran’s role in what has to be done to solve this matter…”
17- After the forcible eviction of two thirds of the Camp Ashraf residents and the fifth move to Camp Liberty on May 4th, Mr. Kobler after waiting for a long time to receive his visa to Iran, finally he received his prize from the mullahs and immediately went to Iran on May 6th. On May 9th, the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) that represents 4000 parliamentarians across Atlantic pointed out in a statement:
” Mr. Kobler’s visit to Tehran exactly on the day after the relocation of the 5th group of the residents raises, more than ever, a series of questions and concerns by all freedom-loving people, especially since in his trip to Europe in February, Mr. Kobler told the European sides that the Iranian Ambassador in Iraq had set the PMOI’s transfer from Ashraf as the precondition for his visit to Iran”. And added ISJ “condemns the statements by the UN Secretary General’s Representative regarding Iran’s constructive role in Iraq and advises against negotiations on Ashraf and Liberty with Iran’s totalitarian regime”.
18- Blatant meddling of the Iranian regime in the fate of Ashraf and Liberty residents continues to this day. Regrettably, warnings of Iranian Resistance, Camp Ashraf residents, their representatives and international human rights advocates have been futile. On October 7, 2012, the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, a well-known commander of the suppressive Quds force, told Iran’s state-run TV about Ashraf and Liberty:
“Today, I had a meeting with Mr. Kobler, the United Nations representative who is in charge of this file in Baghdad. We held long discussions in this regard and our expectations were raised in the meeting. The main problem is that majority of the world countries are not prepared to receive them due to the knowledge they have about them and their criminal and terrorist acts. But up to now a number of countries have declared that they would receive them; this is in line with the completion of their file for their transfer to some European countries.”
19- On 19 October, the International Committee In Search of Justice in the European Parliament (ISJ) wrote to the UN Secretary-General in this regard:
”Discussions with the Iranian regime regarding its opposition members that under 4th Geneva convention and as declared by UNHCR are “asylum seekers” and are “people of concern” is itself a criminal act. The residents of Ashraf, their representatives, numerous human rights organizations as well as parliamentarians and legal experts have expressed their concerns on this matter directly to you and SRSG and other UN officials many times over. Mr. Kobler has never responded directly to these legitimate concerns and has denied that he has had any discussion on this matter and that at times perhaps the Iranian officials may have mentioned these issues! Perhaps he means that he was passing information to the Iranian regime rather than negotiating with them! We wonder why Mr. Kobler wouldn’t publically deny the Iranian Ambassador’s comments in this regard.
The SRSG’s communications with the Iranian regime’s representative in regards to the Iranian opposition will have devastating security implications and would pave the road for a third massacre of the residents that would have legal implications for the UN and the SRSG…
Therefore we are respectfully seeking your urgent intervention in this matter so that this dire matter could be brought to a closure soon. Furthermore, to have an unbiased and neutral understanding of the situation there, we are requesting that you would urgently dispatch a personal envoy to Iraq to assess the conditions in the camps Ashraf and Liberty.”
The report does not mention anything about hundreds of letters and contacts that the SRSG has received in this regard.
Putting aside massacre investigations
20- The report does not mention anything about one of UNAMI and Special Representative’s vital duties, and intends to erase it from everyone’s memories. Following the 8 April 2011 massacre, the UNHCHR announced: “There must be a full, independent and transparent inquiry, and any person found responsible for use of excessive force should be prosecuted.”
Mr. Ad Melkert, former UN Secretary General Special Representative to Iraq emphasized on the necessity for these investigations. However, a short time after the massacre (August 2011) Mr. Melkert left Iraq for good, since he didn’t accept Maliki’s demand to recount the election votes. Who is responsible for these investigations in the UN? Who must have investigated this issue? Who must have reported on this issue? Who must have compelled the Iraqi Government to carry out these investigations? Why doesn’t the report covering the first 6 months of 2012 mention this issue? What have UNAMI and Martin Kobler done for these investigations?
Mr. Kobler knows this obvious principle very well that in order to prevent the repetition of a crime, investigation into the crime and punishment of its perpetrators is a key element. Putting aside the investigations is facilitation for the Iraqi Government and the Iranian regime to execute further crimes.
21- Disregard towards investigations into the massacre comes at a time when the victims of both the 2009 and 2011 massacres are still suffering from their injuries, and their physical injuries have intensified. Mr. Hamdollah Rahmani was one of the injured in the 2009 massacre, and on 23 June 2012, after enduring 3 years of pain and suffering during the siege on Ashraf, died under surgery in Baghdad. Mr. Mohammad Ali Tatai, also injured and taken hostage in the 2009 massacre, passed away on 26 June 2011 following a surgery at the Baquba Hospital in Iraq’s Diyala Province. Tatai was one of the 36 residents taken hostage, who were tortured in a cell within the Iraqi battalion base under the command of Sadeq Mohamed Kazem. Following a 72-day hunger strike, with 7 days of dry hunger strike, and while within hours of death, they were released.
Resettlement and Temporary Transit Location
22- Martin Kobler, on one hand gave in to the Iraqi Government’s insidious request to name Camp Liberty a “Temporary Transit Location” under the false lie that Liberty residents would be transferred to third countries swiftly. And on the other hand he cruelly and hastily jam-packed the residents at Liberty. By naming Liberty a “Temporary Transit Location” (TTL), the Iraqi Government and Kobler legitimize the suppressive measures, prison-making and trampling of its residents’ rights. A TTL is a place where refugees or asylum seekers spend a couple of days, or weeks or months. While all signs indicate that the residents will be in Liberty for years. UNAMI and Mr. Kobler’s report, in a dishonest manner, refrains from presenting the resettlement figures.
23- Up to the end of June 2012, not even one person was transferred to outside of Iraq by the UNHCR, and up to this day, the end of 2012, the number of individuals transferred by the UNHCR is only 5, and the 14 December 2012 UNHCR statement stresses: “So far a small number of residents have departed Iraq.” During this period, 42 individuals have been able to depart Iraq because they were either citizens of Western countries or as a result of the efforts of the Iranian Resistance or parliamentary groups defending Ashraf residents’ rights.
All of Kobler’s promises regarding the residents’ transfer to various countries have to this date been empty. Yet, he still refrains from announcing Liberty as a refugee camp and insists on the illegal TTL title.
Transfer to third countries
24- The report stresses: “The first transfer of … residents, along with their personal possessions, took place on 18 February. During the reporting period, a further four transfers of residents took place under United Nations monitoring…” However, the report does not mention that during the transfer of the third group engineer Bardia Amir-Mostofian, after enduring the pressures and harassments of Iraqi forces during the inspection process, died of cardiac arrest on the first day of the Iranian New Year on 20 March 2012 subsequent to his entry into Camp Liberty. Iraqi doctors confirmed that he died due to excessive sleeplessness and fatigue. Following Mr. Kobler’s insistence, the third group was forced to hastily depart Ashraf on the night of the Iranian New Year. The residents’ insistence on delaying the move for a couple of days had no effect on Mr. Kobler. The Iraqi Government has withheld from handing over Bardia’s corpse for some 280 days, yet the report does not mention it.
25- On 8 April 2012, during the inspection of the fifth group’s belongings, Iraqi suppressive forces, SWAT, attacked a number of the residents with rocks, sticks, metal rods and electrical baton, severely battering them. Twenty nine residents, including a number of women, were injured. These forces shattered a number of the residents’ automobile windshields with rocks and the butt of their rifles. They pulled out one the drivers from his truck and beat him. These forces took the driver away while his forehead was bleeding, and it was later on that an Iraqi officer released him. The UNAMI monitoring team is informed of the details of this attack and it conducted interviews with those injured in the attack.
Preventing the transfer and sale of property in a systematic plunder attempt
26- Mr. Kobler well-knows that it is a lie that either the individuals in this group or those in other groups transferred their personal possessions to Liberty. The residents were only able to transfer 5 % of their personal possessions to Liberty and the Iraqi Government prevented the transfer of the other 95 %.
27- Of the 1200 passenger cars, the residents were only allowed to transfer 30. This is while in December 2011 and January 2012, Mr. Kobler had persistently asked the residents’ representatives to agree to transferring 10 cars along with the first group so that more could be transferred with the next groups. However, on the contrary the Iraqi Government banned the transfer of any vehicles after the fourth group.
28- Moreover, in was initially agreed that with each convoy a number of service trucks (water, fuel and septic tankers) would be transferred to Liberty, yet during the transfer of the fifth convoy from Ashraf to Liberty on 4 May 2012, the Iraqi Government, in an outlawed manner, returned the 6 service trucks halfway through the way in front of the eyes of UN monitors. Since then service trucks have been banned from being transferred to Liberty.
29- The report does not mention that the residents have been deprived of transferring most of their refrigerators, 90 % of their AC units, most of their power generators, most of their computers, many of their communication devices, all of their medical equipment including a CT scan device that is related to the residents’ health, and hundreds of other necessary items. These are all their personal possessions that have been purchased at the residents’ expense.
30- Two containers belonging to the fourth and fifth convoys (mid-April and May 4th) were confiscated by Iraqi forces for no reason at all. Despite numerous letters written and requests made by the residents and their representatives, along with the many promises provided by the Special Representative and UNAMI officials, these two containers, containing legal and non-military goods worth around $120,000, remain confiscated by the Iraqi forces.
31- The residents have not only been deprived of the transfer of their property, in fact they also are not allowed to sell them. From the very beginning, numerous Iraqi merchants sought to go to Ashraf and purchase these assets. However, Iraqi forces prevented their entrance to the camp and some were even beaten and arrested. The residents’ representatives had time and again, as well as during the period of discussion in this report, provided the Special Representative a list of merchants eager to purchase the residents’ property. Yet these efforts all went in vain.
32- It is not clear why the report is silent on the Iraqi government’s systematic efforts aimed at stealing the residents’ property. On 11 October 2012, Mr. Kobler wrote: “The GOI only allows the sale of —moveable— property (no immovable property and no detachable) if legally owned by the residents.” This sentence is completely in violation of international laws and even Iraqi laws, and is nothing but a fancy formula to steal the residents’ property and assets. Referring to well-known rights, the residents’ representatives reminded Mr. Kobler and his colleagues that even under Iraq’s Civil Law no one can deny Ashraf residents’ rights over their moveable and immovable property. Doesn’t this issue, which was the subject of hundreds of letters and telephone calls with the Special Representative, deserve any mentioning in this report?
Water and Electricity
33 – The report has been prepared in a manner as if the Iraqi government is providing 200 liters a day for every individual in the camp, and electricity is provided by 19 generators around the clock. This is while Iraqi civilians have access to only 9 hours of electricity every day and every Iraqi receives an average of 70 to 90 liters of water a day. The report intends to use the residents’ painstaking efforts and expenses – which have faced widespread obstructions by the Iraqi government – to whitewash the true image of the Iraqi government and Special Representative.
34 – The Iraqi government to this day has not provided the residents one second of electricity or even one drop of water. The residents have procured their water and electricity by enduring skyrocketing costs. All of Mr. Kobler’s verbal and written promises to connect Liberty’s water and electricity to that of the national grid (including the letters dated 24 April and 28 May 2012) turned out to be nothing but empty promises and utter lies.
35- During the period of discussion, when the weather in Iraq was extremely hot, and over 80 residents, in a tiresome effort, had to utilize a limited number of water tankers, which the Iraqi government had allowed to be transferred from Ashraf, to procure water for the camp from 12 kilometers away and after hours of delay.
36- Regarding electricity, the residents have so far paid over $3.5 million to purchase fuel to keep Liberty’s worn-out power generators running – which consume twice the amount of fuel yet provide only 40% output –and deliver for Liberty’s electricity needs.
37- Cummins, the manufacturer of the existing power generators in Liberty, visited the camp and inspected the power generators on 30 May 2012 – meaning the period of discussion in UNAMI’s report – and issued the results of its inspection in a report on 28 July 2012 regarding the 17 power generators in the seven sections of Liberty. This report indicates:
“We inspected 14 generators, 5 generators has engine problems or missing some parts are out of order and cannot be used, seven generator need to have engine over haul and their efficiency and potency is very low, most of them with less than 50% potency although their fuel and oil usage is very high, two generator because of radiator problem can be used only in some hours of a day or night.”
38- The report doesn’t bother at all to mention the fact that the Iraqi government doesn’t even allow the residents to purchase fuel from inside Iraq, and they are forced to purchase fuel at prices many times higher from outside the country. Also, the report doesn’t mention that the Iraqi government prevents the transfer of (6) 1.5 MW power generators belonging to the residents. These 6 power generators – with all ownership papers and documents available, sent time and again to Mr. Kobler and UNAMI – can provide a higher and more certain amount of electricity for Liberty, and the fuel expenses would be many times lower. However, the Iraqi government is explicitly on the verge of stealing these power generators, similar to other property belonging to the residents in Ashraf.
39- The report expresses its utmost satisfaction of the residents’ medical conditions while the medical siege during this period has continued in Ashraf and Liberty, in addition to the many restrictions implemented. From the beginning of 2009 when the US handed over Ashraf residents’ protection to Iraqi forces, these forces took over Ashraf’s hospital – its buildings and equipment all procured at the residents’ expense – and practically turned it into a center for physical and psychological torture on patients. Meanwhile, they deprived the residents of open access to medical service in Iraq.
40- These conditions deteriorated in Liberty. In Ashraf, the residents were able to use some of the medical equipment available in their own clinic inside the camp and through the efforts of Ashraf’s physicians, to provide minimum medical care for their patients. However, during the relocation to Liberty, the Iraqi government did not allow the residents to transfer their medical equipment. This is while Mr. Kobler’s letter dated 15 February 2012 to the residents had clearly stated:
“The residents will bring their medical equipments to camp Liberty.”
However this letter, like all the other letters and promises, remained mere words without any actions.
41- The residents and their representatives have time and again requested from Mr. Kobler and UNAMI officials to prepare the necessary arrangements for the transfer of one CT scan device from Ashraf to Liberty, which is seriously needed for their patients and injured residents, especially since many of the 1,130 residents injured during the Iraqi forces criminal attacks continue to suffer from serious pains. The residents even said they will donate this device to the Iraqi Ministry of Health once they are transferred from Liberty to third countries. However, their legitimate, logical and humane proposal was rejected.
42- On 8 March 2012, a resident by the name of Nour Mohammad Biranvand, suffering from hepatitis, lost his life in Ashraf due to lack of access to medical services. Without a doubt if the residents enjoyed open access to necessary and adequate medical services, including access to hospitals and medical specialists in Irbil, or were allowed to have Ashraf’s doctors and two nurses accompany the patients, many of the losses would have been prevented, including Mohammad Ali Tataii and Hamdollah Rahmani. From November 2009, the PMOI had requested from UNAMI to transfer a number of seriously wounded and ill residents, including Mohammad Ali Tataii, to Europe for medical care. No action was taken.
43- Iraqi Army intelligence officers always accompany the patients transferred to Baghdad hospitals. In addition to harassing the residents, they also interfere in various medical issues. These repressive agents, acting under the control of the Iraqi Prime Ministry, usually cause delays in the transfer of the patients in a way that in many cases the patients arrive late for their appointments only to have them cancelled. Also, in many cases these agents prevent the residents from purchasing medicine and they enter doctor’s offices when the doctor is visiting a patient – even female patients. Details of these conditions are sent for Mr. Kobler on a daily basis. However, it is not in their interest to raise such issues at all in UNAMI’s report.
44- On 23 December 2012, exactly two days after the publication of UNAMI’s semi-annual report, a Liberty resident by the name of Behrooz Rahimian lost his life due to a cardiac arrest, one month after Iraqi Army intelligence prevented him frrom being hospitalized in Baghdad. On 25 November 2012 Behrooz was transferred to a hospital in Baghdad as an emergency case after suffering severe pain in his thorax. The hospital physicians intended to hospitalize him in the CCU, however, Iraqi intelligence agents prevented that and pressured the physicians to refrain.
Behrooz, suffering frrom heart illness frrom long ago and placed under medication and doctors’ supervision, faced further problems due to the inhumane medical siege that began four years ago. However, thanks to the assets available in the residents’ clinic inside Ashraf and the efforts of PMOI physicians, Behrooz and many other patients were medical care. Despite all this, following the relocation to Liberty and the Iraqi government preventing the transfer of the residents’ medical equipment, the conditions of Behrooz and many others seriously deteriorated. The patient’s translator called the head of the UNAMI monitoring team in Liberty frrom the hospital informing him of Behrooz’s critical condition, and the prevention of his hospitalization. Unfortunately, no action was taken and Behrooz was returned to Liberty while suffering frrom severe heart pain and only receiving some medicine.
Construction possibilities, recreational facilities
45- The report states Liberty has “numerous recreational spaces”. Whoever has gone to Camp Liberty knows this camp lacks any kind of recreational facility, including sports fields. To build a mini soccer pitch the residents have to clear out all the stones and gravel and dig its surrounding grounds to move 25 cubic meters of soil to spread on the ground and elevate it 10 centimeters above the gravel.
46- The entrance of any engineering machinery inside the camp, even shovels and hacks, for such activities is prohibited. Such work that was carried out in Ashraf with proper machinery in just two or three days takes many months to complete in Liberty. The residents’ protests and efforts, and referring to UNAMI to have these machinery transferred frrom Ashraf to Liberty, have all gone futile.
47- In another lie, the report claims, “Residents are free to undertake renovation projects with the approval of the camp management” and “they are also free to bring in external contractors to implement these projects, with the agreement of the camp management.” However, after nearly a year, the residents have not been allowed to build any buildings or facilities for the ill. The Iraqi government even prevents the building of a canopy. Following the first fall seasonal rains in November of this year, water had literally engulfed all of the camp and commuting became very difficult for most of the residents, especially the ill. Not allowing the transfer of water tankers and sewage vehicles frrom Ashraf to Liberty has made measures to remove the rain water in the camp much more difficult.
48- The report also doesn’t mention the numerous cases where purchased foods by the residents are held outside the camp. These measures cause much of the food to become rotten and inedible.
All this is but a small section of the irrefutable realities that demonstrate how partial and whitewashing in favor of the Iraqi government and its suppressive forces this UNAMI periodical report is and how it has been prepared to justify forcible ridding of Ashraf residents frrom their dwelling and their dispatching to Liberty prison. This report makes a mockery of all United Nations standards and every value that this organization has been built to defend and it paves the way for intensification of suppression of Ashraf and Liberty residents and trampling of their rights.
Iranian Resistance once again calls on the UN Secretary-General to prevent another massacre by Iraqi forces at the behest of Iranian regime and to avoid trampling of United Nations values for political objectives through appointing an impartial and competent representative for Ashraf and Liberty acceptable to all parties and not to allow United Nations and his Special Representative to pave the way for suppression of the opposition to the religious fascism ruling Iran any further.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran