BHRC writes to UN Secretary-General about inhumane conditions at Camp Liberty in Iraq

BHRC writes to UN Secretary-General about inhumane conditions at Camp Liberty in Iraq

Published by on February 12, 2015

The Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) has written an open letter to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, to express its concern at the inhumane conditions being suffered by Iranian Refugees at Camp Liberty in Iraq.

The Government of Iraq has repeatedly failed to meet its obligations to respect the humanitarian and human rights of the refugees who have been targeted by numerous deadly missile attacks. The Iraqi authorities are now imposing a cruel medical siege on the camp, denying the refugees access to medical services and putting their lives at stake. It is believed that 23 people have died so far as a result of this medical siege.

Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee said, “The treatment of the refugees at Camp Liberty is in complete contravention of international humanitarian law and must be urgently addressed. We request the UN to recognise Camp Liberty as a refugee camp under the supervision of the UN High Commission for Refugees. We believe that this measure would enable the refugees to be rightfully protected.”

Read BHRC’s open letter to the UN Secretary-General [here]

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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