Inaction makes UN complicit in Camp Liberty massacre – ex rights envoy

Inaction makes UN complicit in Camp Liberty massacre – ex rights envoy

Published by on November 4, 2015

Through its inaction, the United Nations is complicit in the murder of two dozen Iranian dissidents in the terrorist rocket attack last week on Camp Liberty in Iraq, a former UN human rights chief in Iraq has said during a demonstration in London to commemorate the victims of the heinous attack.

Twenty four Camp Liberty residents were killed during the rocket attack carried out by agents of the mullahs’ regime of Iran. Many more are injured some very seriously.
Dr Tahar Boumedra described the attack on Camp Liberty as a “hideous crime,” adding that it was organized and planned in Tehran and executed in Baghdad.

“The attack against Camp Liberty did not happen for the first time; this is a repetition of serious attacks against defenceless people. They are people who are protected by international law, they are refugees, and they are under the mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). And yet, two countries, two governments (Iran and Iraq), are determined to get rid of these freedom loving people,” Dr. Boumedra said in a demonstration on Friday in London outside 10 Downing Street.

Dr. Boumedra, who as head of UNAMI’s human rights office until 2012 led the UN’s dossier on Camp Liberty, said that the Iranian regime had attacked the camp residents “to get rid of people who wanted freedom, who wanted democracy in Iran, who wanted Iran free of nuclear weapons, and who wanted to live under the rule of law, human rights and equal opportunities for all Iranians.”

“They attacked them in 2009; I was personally witness to that attack. They attacked them in April 2011, and I was also witness to that attack. They attacked them in 2013 and they attacked them again last night. These repeated attacks are due to complacency by a number of governments; complacency of the United Nations, complacency of the UNHCR. I would say all these people have now blood on their hands.”

“I personally warmed them more than once. I warned the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. I told him that the plan is to annihilate residents of Camp Ashraf, now in Camp Liberty. And yet there was compliancy at the time in the UN and they relied on the government of Iraq, the perpetrators of these attacks, to protect the Ashrafis.

This is unacceptable and is rather a naïve kind of request of Iraq to protect the Ashrafis, while the government of Iraq is openly saying that they will exterminate them and that they cannot leave Iraq.”

“Let me say that the countries that are now rushing to visit Tehran and establish new relations with the mullahs’ regime for the sake of having some commercials with Tehran are selling the blood of the Ashrafis to the dictator mullahs and criminals.”

Dr. Boumedra said the regime in Iran “exports Islamic fundamentalism to the whole region and causes all kind of wars in the Middles East and in Africa.”

He added that the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani is responsible for the attack on Camp Liberty and will be visiting Italy and France between November 14 and 16.

“This man must be arrested when he visits Europe. He must be held accountable for what he is doing. He must be held accountable for what happened last night. There are ways of arresting him. France and Italy are members of the International Criminal Court. We must call on them to invite the court prosecutor to take action and to arrest Rouhani either in Italy or in France. They must be held accountable and let’s all send petitions to the court. Let’s be numerous in communicating with the court and present them with requests to arrest Rouhani in France or in Italy,” Dr. Boumedra added.

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