European Politicians Form A New NGO to Improve Political and Human Rights Situation in Iraq
BRUSSELS, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
In a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday, prominent European politicians, joined
by a former Prime Minister of Algeria announced the formation of a new non-governmental
organization with the mission of improving the political and human rights situation in
The press conference, chaired by the President of the European Parliament’s Delegation
for Relations with Iraq, Struan Stevenson, strongly condemned the human rights violations
in Iraq, the executions and massacre of Iranian refugees in Camps Ashraf and Liberty, and
stressed that the main cause of these problems has been the monopoly of power in Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s hands in the past 8 years and the unprecedented infiltration of
Iraq by Iran and its terrorist Qods Force.
The announcement was made after insurgents captured the city of Mosul in Iraq on
Tuesday and Tikrit on Wednesday.
The Shiite government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claims that the attacks
have been carried out by terrorist groups, namely the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant. But the participants at the press conference disputed this claim vigorously,
calling the recent actions part of a popular uprising, which Maliki has been attempting to
suppress. They stressed that Maliki has resorted to the indiscriminate killing of innocent
civilians with barrel bombs and missile strikes and repeated air attacks on insurgent-held
areas, and that these operations are carried out under the command and monitoring of the
At the press conference for the newly formed NGO, the European Iraqi Freedom
Association (EIFA), Sid Ahmed Ghozali – former Prime Minister of Algeria, Alejo
Vidal-Quadras – Vice President of the European Parliament, Stephen Hughes, Vice-President
of the Socialists-Democrats group and former MEP Paulo Casaca, an expert on Iraq, pointed
out that Maliki misleadingly pretends that the terrorists and ISIL have taken control of
Nineveh province in order to pave the way for bombings and missile attacks as well as to
find an excuse for the U.S. and the Iranian regime’s military intervention in Iraq.
The participants strongly criticized the support of Western governments, particularly
the United States, for Maliki and called for an end to arms shipments to the Maliki
government, coming from the US and Russia, which help him to suppress the popular
Representatives of various Iraqi factions reiterated that recent elections were
neither free nor fair and all of them have been defrauded by Maliki and the Iranian regime
since December 2012.
Participants in Wednesday’s press conference left no doubt as to the specific goals of
their newly formed NGO, noting that “the crisis of Iraq can only be resolved by an urgent
change of leadership and the ousting of Maliki, combined with the complete eviction of the
Iranian regime from Iraq.”
The Board of EIFA includes John Bruton – former Prime Minister of Ireland, Geir Haarde
- former Prime Minister of Iceland, Giulio Terzi – former Foreign Minister of Italy, Lord
Carlile – former National Security Advisor to the UK Government.
SOURCE European Iraqi Freedom Association