Twenty seventh victim of medical blockade of Camp LibertyPublished by International Liberty on September 3, 2015
Abdul Ali Ghanbari died in hospital in Albania due to delay in his treatment while in Camp Liberty. He is the 27th person who has died because of the medical siege on camps Ashraf and Liberty.
On the morning of Wednesday, 2 September, former resident of Camp Liberty Abdul Ali Ghanbari, 57, died of cancer which could have been controlled had he have access to proper medical care.
On 21 December 2012 in a letter to the Deputy UNAMI chief, four doctors expressed concerns of the risks faced by the acute patients including Abdul Ali Ghanbari due to the inhumane blockade of Camp Liberty.
Legal Adviser of Camp Liberty in two separate letters to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in Baghdad on 21 and 24 June 2014, mentioned the names of acute patients who were denied access to hospital for more than two weeks and Abdul Ali Ghanbari was the third name in both letters.
Abdul Ali’s name was in many letters to UNAMI and UNHCR, Ms Jane Lute (appointed at that time by UN Secretary General for overseeing the plight of residents of Liberty), and other UN officials in Iraq as well as letters directly to the embassies of European countries calling for their immediate transfer.
He was finally transferred to Albania in October 2014 when cancer had progressed beyond point of rescue and doctors’ efforts in Albania proved ineffective.
Abdul Ali Ghanbari’s courage and steadfastness in the most difficult conditions reflects the will of the Iranian people for ending the dictatorship in Iran.
We call on the US government, UN, UNHCR and the Government of Iraq to take immediate measures to end the siege of Camp Liberty.