Camp Liberty patients’ going to hospital obstructed againPublished by International Liberty on August 24, 2015
Upon orders from the committee tasked to suppress the residents of Camp Liberty, headed by Faleh Fayyad, the National Security Advisor of the Government of Iraq, guards stopped four patients from going to the hospital in Baghdad.
This is the second time that these patients are prevented from going to the hospital for scheduled eye surgeries.
On Thursday, 20 August, the committee also stopped four other patients from going to hospital for ear treatment. These eight patients had been prevented from going to hospital on 16 August as well.
Residents’ representatives have repeatedly raised this issue with UNAMI and the US Embassy who are party to signed agreements for safety and security of the residents but refuse to act to change the situation.
The breaches of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by UN officials before transferring the residents from their home of 26 years, Ashraf, to Camp Liberty, are reaching alarming levels yet UN officials refuse to condemn the Iraqi government publicly for such breaches. This inaction has emboldened the Iranian regime that is excreting pressure on Iraqi government for harassments of the residents.
It is also the fifth week that forces under the command of Faleh Fayyad are preventing basic necessities from getting to Camp Liberty.
The medical and logistical blockade of Camp Liberty is a grave violation of human rights and humanitarian standards, as well as a flagrant breach of the MoU signed between the United Nations and Government of Iraq on 25 December 2011, and a crime against refugees.