Camp Liberty restrictions reach troubling levels

Camp Liberty restrictions reach troubling levels

Published by on August 19, 2015

Liberty20150816-11It is the third week since necessary items purchased by ‘Liberty’ residents are prevented from entering the cam. Eight residents were prevented from going to their medical appointments and 4 missed their much needed surgical operations.

At the behest of the Iranian regime, the committee tasked with suppressing Camp Liberty residents led by Faleh Fayyaz in the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office has intensified its suppressive policies and inhumane restrictions against Camp Liberty residents.

On Sunday, August 16, Iraqi agents prevented four patients from attending their long-awaited eye surgery appointments in a hospital in Baghdad.

On the same day Iraqi forces prevented four other patients, suffering from ear problems, from going to a Baghdad hospital, which led to the cancellation of their long-awaited appointments.

UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) who is responsible to uphold a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by Iraqi government before the Ashraf residents were forced to move to ‘Liberty’, was immediately informed of this further breach of the MoU and international humanitarian law, yet nothing was done.

The medical siege and ‘causing the residents to suffer until death’ is a well-known policy of the ‘suppression committee’ that acts on behalf of Iranian regime. This policy has led to the death of 26 residents thus far.

In another inhumane measure, the ‘suppression committee’ prevented the entry of the items purchased by residents necessary for day to day living in the hostile environment of Iraq. These items included: 10 water coolers, maintenance and repair supplies for the camp’s infrastructure and spare parts for the service trucks. This is now the third week that the ‘suppression committee’ is preventing the entry of these essential necessities.

Immediate intervention of the US and the UN are needed, based on their written commitments, to end the inhumane logistical and medical siege on Camp Liberty.

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