Delivery of fuel, food stuff and medicine to Camp Liberty prevented for the fourth successive day

Delivery of fuel, food stuff and medicine to Camp Liberty prevented for the fourth successive day

Published by on July 2, 2016

Camp-LibertyThursday, June 30, 2016, for the fourth successive day, the Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents has prevented entry of tankers carrying fuel and oil for generators, and trucks carrying food stuffs, hygiene products and medicine to Camp Liberty. They have sent back the tankers and trucks after stopping them for some time. This inhumane measure which has started since June 27th, will rapidly create a crisis in the Camp.
A familiar excuse for such inhuman actions is the alleged failure of the company providing logistics to the camp to update its vehicles’ documents. This is while based on a previously agreed arrangement, the same company has been providing the needs of Camp Liberty residents for the past 4.5 years and its vehicles have been entering the airport area. Meanwhile, the logistics company updated all the needed documents only two weeks ago and sent them for the relevant Iraqi authorities.
While all the vital systems in the camp including water purification, sewage, air conditioning, cooking and food refrigeration are electrical and the only source of power generation are the camp’s old generators, preventing fuel delivery to the camp rapidly brings all the systems to a halt and creates a dangerous crisis in the camp.
By preventing delivery of fuel, food and medicine in the 50C heat of the month of Ramadan, the Governmental Committee tasked to suppress Camp Liberty residents seeks to bring maximum pressure on the camp’s residents and torment them physically and psychologically. These actions are in gross violation of a number of international conventions and specifically the MOU signed between the Government of Iraq and the United Nations on December 25, 2011, and their perpetrators have to be prosecuted by international tribunals.

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