Appeal to EU, US and UN to Compel Iraq to Provide the Minimum Humanitarian Requirements for Completion of Ashraf residents’ Relocation to Liberty
BRUSSELS, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
The following is a statement from Struan Stevenson MEP, President of European
Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq:
The EU, US and UN must intervene to force the Iraqi authorities to meet the basic
humanitarian requirements of the residents of Camp Liberty. Currently the Iraqi Government
has prevented the resolution of water and electricity problems, the transfer of passenger
cars as well as vehicles and trailers for the disabled, and they have barred the sale of
the residents’ properties in Camp Ashraf.
Part of the remaining goods and belongings from groups 4 and 5 of Ashraf’s residents
were transferred to Camp Liberty on Sunday, 15 July. These properties were initially
supposed to have been transferred on 6 May after the fifth group moved to the camp. This
was later postponed to 16 June and subsequently the UN envoy in Iraq specified in his
report of 12 June that the Government of Iraq (GoI) would send containers to Ashraf on 19
June for loading, but this was again postponed.
The GoI did not allow the transfer of the 3 vehicles and 6 trailers which have been
specially built for the transport and convenience of the disabled, and also refused to
transfer 6 other utility vehicles which were separated from the fifth convoy and turned
back while moving from Ashraf to Liberty.
The UN envoy, Ambassador Martin Kobler and Secretary Clinton’s special advisor for
Ashraf, Ambassador Dan Fried, both wrote in separate letters to the residents on 24 April
that the GoI agreed on the transfer of the vehicles and trailers for the disabled in the
Following the fifth convoy, the residents and their representatives have on several
occasions raised with US and UN officials their minimum humanitarian demands listed as six
basic items. These demands, which have received extensive international support, were
brought to the attention of George Bakoos, political advisor to Prime Minister Maliki and
deputy of the Ashraf committee in the prime minister’s office, in a letter by me and the
vice-President of the European Parliament on 29 June. In this letter, which so far has
received no reply, we wrote:
“We would like to draw your attention once again to the 6 items demanded by the
residents as their minimum rights under the terms of the MOU and stress again that unless
they are met, relocation to Liberty is not possible. As you notice, items 2, 3, 4 and 5
are related to the GOI and could be easily and quickly done if there is goodwill.
1) The SRSG (Martin Kobler) will not permit any interference of the Iranian regime against its opponents in Camp Ashraf and Liberty. 2) All the agreements and commitments related to the fifth convoy, mainly women, will be fulfilled by GOI (6 utility vehicles, 25 trucks to transfer their belongings, 6 special trailers and 3 vehicles of the paraplegic patients). 3) All the provisions of SRSG letters, particularly about the police, 10 passenger cars for every convoy, a precise date for the connection of Liberty to the city water network and power grid, construction, green area and planting of trees will be guaranteed and implemented before any other move. 4) Liberty's legal status will be recognised as a refugee camp. 5) The UN guarantees selling all Ashraf moveable and immoveable properties or transferring moveable properties to another country/ or to Iraqi Kurdistan. 6) The US will inspect Camp Ashraf as soon as possible. "
These are basic requirements for meeting the humanitarian needs of several thousand
people squashed into a small area at Camp Liberty. None of these are outside the MoU
framework and no one can claim that they endanger the security and foreign policy of Iraq.
Failure to implement these points will clearly illustrate a flagrant disregard for
International Humanitarian Law and if Iraq does not implement them it will certainly
underscore its ominous intentions.
Struan Stevenson MEP
President of European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq
SOURCE The Office of Struan Stevenson, President of European Parliament’s Iraq Delegation