5 days after attack, Iraq still bars entry of food & fuel to Camp Liberty

5 days after attack, Iraq still bars entry of food & fuel to Camp Liberty

Published by on November 4, 2015

The Government of Iraq prevents entry of food and fuel to Camp Liberty and bars discharge of sewage for the 5th day after the rocket attack. The Security Council should act immediately to punish perpetrators of missile attack, provide security of Camp Liberty, and lift its blockade.

In a situation where the ruthless missile attack on Camp Liberty on October 29 martyred 24 residents and destroyed large sections of the camp the Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents that receives its orders from Tehran, barred entry of food, fuel and other basic needs of the residents into the camp for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, 3 November 2015.

Moreover, since October 29, Iraqi forces are obstructing sewage tankers hired by residents to enter the camp and empty the black water tanks inside Liberty. This has caused the black water tanks to overflow which will contaminate camp’s environment and lead to outbreak of infectious diseases that will threaten camp’s residents that have already suffered a vicious attack.

All the hampering and antihuman pressures by the suppression committee have been reported on a daily basis in detail to UNAMI, UNHCR and the US Embassy. Regrettably, no effective measures have been taken to stop these criminal measures.

This antihuman treatment is being implemented despite the fact that in recent days the US Secretary of State, the EU High Representative, the UN Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Refugees, the leaders of the US Congress, Amnesty International and other human rights agencies, and hundreds of lawmakers from all over the world have strongly condemned the ruthless crime of October 29 and have demanded for the perpetrators to be identified and brought to justice and urged safety and security of Camp Liberty residents to be secured.

These repressive measures are in flagrant violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the United Nations and Government of Iraq on 25 December 2011, as well as transgression against many international covenants and a criminal act whose perpetrators must face justice and punishment.

UNAMI that is tasked with the implementation of the MoU and its supervision should promptly report this criminal attack and antihuman blockade to the United Nations Security Council and call on this agency to adopt effective measures to punish the perpetrators and safeguard the safety and security of Camp Liberty.

The repeated and written commitments of the international community to the well being and security of residents places the onus on the US government, the European Union, and the United Nations to act immediately to end this anti human blockade on Camp Liberty and remove camp’s file and management from the hands of Iranian regime’s agents in Iraq as an imperative step toward the provision of security and well being to the residents in Camp Liberty.

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