Prominent American, European, and African Dignitaries to Take Part at Paris International Conference
PARIS, December 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Fate of Iranian refugees abducted in Iraq, duties of the US, EU and UN among issues of
Iran News Update has confirmed that several prominent American and international
dignitaries will address the International Conference on Iran in Paris on Saturday, Dec 7.
According to several sources, a key issue of discussion at the conference will be the
nuclear agreement recently signed with Tehran by the five permanent members of the UN
Security Council and Germany. The same sources pointed out that the event, taking place on
the eve of International Human Rights Day, will also focus on the human rights situation
in Iran, with a focus on the period since the start of the Hassan Rouhani presidency.
The long list of speakers includes some heavyweight American and international
dignitaries including former mayor of New York Rudy Guliani, Howard Dean, former chairman
of the US Democratic Party, Louis Freeh, former FBI Director, and Michael Mukasey, former
U.S. Attorney General. Several European dignitaries, including several from France, are
slated to take part in the event. The presence of Naomi Tutu, human rights activist and
daughter of South African Bishop Desmond Tutu stands out in light of the recent death of
The situation of Iranian refugees in Iraq, prospects for them, and the duties of the
US, EU and UN are all issues that will take prominence at the Paris conference.
On September 1, 2013, Iraqi military forces attacked Camp Ashraf, where 100 members of
the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) were
looking after the property until it could be sold. The Iraqi forces entered the facilities
and murdered 52 residents. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq,
“All the deceased appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds, the majority of them in the
head and the upper body, and several with their hands tied.”
During the massacre, seven residents were abducted, and their fate hangs in the
balance. Internationally renowned human rights organization, Amnesty International
announced on November 19 that “the seven Iranian exiles abducted on 1 September are now
known to be held by the Iraqi security forces at an unofficial detention facility in
central Baghdad. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment and could be forcibly
returned to Iran.”
In the meantime, despite the promises of the U.S. government and UN, no action has
been taken to ensure the safety and security of nearly 3,000 Iranian refugees in Camp
Liberty, Iraq. This is true despite the fact that the US Government declared Camp Ashraf
residents to be protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
According to INU sources, it is the hope of the organizers of the International
Conference on Iran that international attention will soon come to bear on this situation
and prompt Western powers to intervene to protect the embattled Iranian dissidents.
SOURCE Iran News Update