Another Camp Liberty resident dies due to medical blockadePublished by International Liberty on April 19, 2015
Friday afternoon, 17 April 2015, Jalal Abedini, resident of Camp Liberty, lost his life in a hospital in Baghdad after a failed much belated surgery. According to medical experts he lost his life due to an anti-human medical blockade, lack of access to medical services and delays in treatment and surgery.
Mr Abedini who was suffering of eye and ear diseases for a long time and was living on just one kidney for many years underwent urgent surgery on April 15, after a long delay, for a 20 cm tumour of the intestine. The surgery was too late and hence unsucceful.
His name was given to relevant authorities as a patient in need of swift transfer abroad for medical treatment a long time ago. Numerous times his name was given to the United Nations and the pertinent countries for the purpose. For example, his name was on the list of individuals to be transferred to Finland 16 months ago (January 2014 – No 65) and subsequently his name appeared in the list of patients presented to Ms Jane Lute, Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General for Relocation of Camp Liberty Residents Outside of Iraq (April 2014 – No. 38). His name was also passed on (February 2014 – No. 33) for transfer to Britain, where he had refugee status. However, none of these attempts bore fruit.
Like any other President of Camp Liberty, Mr Jalal Abedini was a “Protected Person” under the Fourth Geneva Convention and an ‘individual of concern’ to the High Commissioner for Refugees. He also enjoyed protections offered by the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the United Nations and the Government of Iraq on 25 December 2011 with US government endorsement. The U.S. government was also party in the quadripartite agreement of August 2012, as well as the joint plan of UNAMI and U.S. Embassy on 5 September 2013, hence responsible for ‘safety and security of the Camp Liberty residents’ highlighted in the letter of the US Assistant Secretary of State dated 6 September 2013. Had the United States and the United Nations, based on these commitments, compelled the Iraqi government to end the medical siege, his loss of life could have been avoided, as was the case with 24 others prior to him.