Several hundred hunger strikers in Camp Liberty wrote a signed letter to President Obama, underscoring the US government’s responsibility on the security and protection of the camp’s residents and demanding immediate intervention of US for the release of seven hostages in custody of Iraqi government.
President Barack Obama
The White House
November 4, 2013
Dear Mr. President:
We the hunger strikers at Camp Liberty are writing this letter on the 65th day of our hunger strike, at a time when we have lost more than 20% of our body weight and are reaching the point of no return. Since the very first day we initiated our hunger strike, our demand was the release of the 7 hostages abducted from Camp Ashraf currently being held in Iraq in Maliki’s secret prisons. These 7 residents were taken hostage by Maliki’s Special Forces during a raid on the defenseless Ashraf residents in which 52 residents were executed with their hands tied behind their back. Unfortunately, during this period, due to the silence and inaction of the US and UN, Maliki has refused to release them.
As you know, after the passing of two months from the crime against humanity at Ashraf by Nouri Maliki’s Special Forces, finally on Friday November 1st, the White House, coinciding with Maliki’s visit to the White House, stressed: “… We remain deeply concerned about the fate of the individuals abducted from Camp Ashraf as well as the security of the residents remaining in Iraq at Camp Hurriya. We are pursuing these matters actively and daily with UNAMI, with UNHCR, the government of Iraq and other relevant authorities, to seek information on the MEK members who went missing and to ensure as much protection as possible is provided for the residents who are at Camp Hurriya.”
Therefore, we demand the immediate release of the 7 hostages. The US Government has a responsibility towards their safety and security and you should condition your economic and military aid to the Maliki government on the release of the 7 hostages and provision of basic security measures for the Liberty residents. Of course, although we are suffering a heavy pressure and despite the fact that we are in a critical physical condition, we shall continue and shall not back down from our hunger strike until the release of the hostages. We urge you, by releasing the hostages, to not let us stay in this tormenting situation. You have great responsibility over the release of the 7 hostages and through a strong warning to the Iraqi Government, you can free them. We await the release of the 7 hostages. Time is running out.
Camp Liberty hunger strikers
- An Exclusive Interview With Camp Liberty Resident, Homa Roboby a Participant for 60 Days in a National Hungers Strike to Free 7 Hostages in Iraq (freethe7.wordpress.com)