MPs denounce Iran’s plots against residents of Camp Liberty

MPs denounce Iran’s plots against residents of Camp Liberty

Published by on September 9, 2015

UKParliament-5The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) has warned about the Iranian regime’s new efforts to use its proxies in Iraq to increase pressure on the residents of Camp Liberty in Iraq.

In their statement the British lawmakers express concern that the Iranian Embassy in Iraq with the help of some Iraqi officials transferred elements of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) and the Iranian regime’s terrorist Quds Force to Camp Liberty, under the pretext of family visits.

“These agents were transferred in a minibus from Baghdad to the police station near Camp Liberty entrance and started to chant threatening and provocative slogans against the residents as soon as they got there. The ominous intentions of this campaign was exposed when many of those dispatched to the camp, claimed they were relatives of those who have already been relocated outside of Iraq under UNHCR supervision”, the BPCIF statement emphasised.

Iranians or even non Iranians who attempt to go to Iraq to visit Camp Liberty have systematically been barred by Iraqi officials, including US Congressmen, Senators and lawyers as well as journalists and family members of the residents.

During a similar campaign at Camp Ashraf in 2010 and 2011 the residents were subjected to psychological torture with 320 loudspeakers on a daily basis for over 2 years. Sadly, the International Community failed to respond appropriately to the threats and intimidations of Iranian regime. This inaction tragically led to several deadly attacks against these refugees, and over 100 lost their lives.

British law makers urged “the Government of Iraq, the Iraqi Prime Minister Dr Heidar Al-Abadi, the UN and the US to take urgent and decisive action, in accordance to previous assurances, to put an immediate end to such an ominous campaign against the Iranian refugees currently residing at Camp Liberty before it is too late.”

The British Parliamentary Committee also called on the UN, the UK and the US governments to “pressure the Government of Dr Al-Abadi to dismiss officials, like Faleh Fayyad, with known ties to the Iranian regime, from the Governmental Committee in charge of the camp and its security. Failing to do so will only embolden the Iranian regime to plot more deadly attacks against these refugees”.

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