Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
November 6, 2013
Dear President Obama,
We the signatories of this letter are writing you from Camp Liberty in Iraq to raise your attention to the dire status of hostages abducted from Camp Ashraf by the Iraqi government. As you are aware during the September 1 massacre, 52 defenseless Ashraf residents were massacred by Maliki’s special forces while seven others were taken hostage. Read the rest of this entry »
Families of 52 victims of September 1st massacre in Ashraf addressed President Obama in their letter, urging him to prevent the seven hostages from sharing the fate of their loved ones.
November 05, 2013
Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
Dear President Obama,
We, a group of family members of Ashraf’s September 1st massacre martyrs, are writing this letter to you. Forces under the command of Maliki carried out a crime against humanity and collectively executed 52 defenseless Ashraf residents and took 7 residents, 6 women and a man, hostage. The US had recognized all the victims including the 7 hostages as protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention and had accepted responsibility over their safety and security. All the evidence and reports show that Maliki’s Special Forces have taken the 7 residents hostage and due to the inaction of the US Government and US, are refusing to release them after the passing of 65 days. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Hassan Jazayeri is a doctor tending to the needs of the hunger strikers at Camp Liberty, Iraq, place of residence of Iranian opposition, members of the People’s Mojahedin Oranization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He recently sat down with Iran News Update and gave us a detailed report on the health conditions of the residents participating in the global hunger striker. Jazayeri like many is very worried for the continued health of these individuals and the likelihood of further complications.
Read Dr. Jazayeri’s full report below: Read the rest of this entry »
By Amir Rezaei, hunger striker in Camp Liberty
Don’t read this article! Instead, go ahead and follow more important events that are taking place around the world: the newest fashion trends, latest music albums, or the upcoming World Cup. This article is about violation of Human Rights, about human lives at stake, which seem to have lost meaning and value these days.
I write these paragraphs from a prison that is paradoxically called “Camp Liberty”. Why am I here? I’m here simply because I believe in freedom. Who guards this prison? Brutal armed forces whose job is to murder people.
And what brought me here? Broken promises by the United States and the United Nations!
How did I get here?
Washington Times – October 30, 2013
On Sept. 1, Iraqi forces under orders from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki staged a massacre in Camp Ashraf, shocking and infuriating the world with their sheer brutality and barbarity. The scenes of innocent people, handcuffed and fatally shot, were both horrifying and heartrending. Many of us here in Camp Liberty, where 3,000 Iranian dissidents reside, were personally touched by this tragedy. Many of us lost a brother, a sister, a parent, a son. All of us lost friends.
My mother was taken hostage along with six other residents of the camp, five of them women. I’ve been struggling day and night to find and rescue her, but to no avail. What I know for certain is that she is still in the custody of Iraqi forces and is incarcerated in one of Mr. al-Maliki’s horrendous “safe” houses, all of them notorious for the tortures practiced on the inmates. Mr. al-Maliki controls the location and conditions of the hostages and moves them frequently to secret prisons to prevent their being traced.
Knowing that every passing moment means more torment for my mother has made my life a living nightmare. What’s making it worse is seeing the United States and the United Nations — both responsible for the well-being of my mother and the other hostages — sitting by and doing nothing to free them. They have the power to change the situation.
Indeed, they had the responsibility to see that such a situation should never have developed. They had given their word, in writing, to every resident of Camp Ashraf, many years ago, to protect them with the backing of international law. Their failure to keep their promise, to do their duty, has cost the lives of 52 residents of Camp Ashraf. Continued U.S. and U.N. failure to do that duty could enable the al-Maliki regime to kill the hostages or extradite them to Iran, where they would surely be killed.
Perhaps a little history is required. More than 25 years ago, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran fled their country to escape Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his mullahs, who took control after the 1979 revolution. They set up new homes in Iraq in a place called Camp Ashraf. They lived in peace, and their new city thrived. After the American invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime, they voluntarily gave up their arms and accepted the protection of the Americans.
That was fine until the U.S. troops left two years ago. The al-Maliki government was obligated to continue that protection, but by then, Mr. al-Maliki was a puppet of the mullahs. He did their bidding to harass the Ashraf residents and force them to take up new homes in Camp Liberty.
I hold President Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responsible for anything that happens to my mother. What is worse, the man who has taken my mother hostage is coming to Washington on Friday to meet Mr. Obama in the White House. A hostage-taker in the White House?
To protest this injustice and inaction by all those who had made pledges to protect the residents of the camp, I have gone on a hunger strike since the day of the attack, and will continue this protest until my mother and the other hostages are freed, and the United States and the United Nations acts to protect us, as they said they would.
I cry out to Mr. al-Maliki: Let my mother and the other hostages go. Let those of us at the camp named Liberty actually have that liberty.
- White House expresses concern about seven ‘abducted from Camp Ashraf’, Iraq (ireport.cnn.com)
- Camp Ashraf massacre: A daughter’s plea for mother’s life (ireport.cnn.com)
- My Hunger Strike is the Wake-Up Call for the US and UN (campashrafmassacre.wordpress.com)
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
Posted on http://www.irannewsupdate.com/
INU – Homa Roboby is a 29-year old woman living in Camp Liberty. She was personally affected by the September 1, 2013 attack on Camp Ashraf as two of her friends were killed and seven others she was close to were injured. Roboby was kind enough to sit down with Iran News Update for an exclusive interview where she discussed the attack on September 1, what it is like to be a participant for 60 days in a national hungers strike and what actions she believes are necessary for the United States and United Nations take immediately.
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT BELOW.