Iran Focus: The Law Society Human Rights Committee has condemned reports of a deadly attack on Camp Ashraf, which killed 52 residents and injured dozens. Several refugees were reportedly taken hostage by Iraqi troops.
The Law Society Human Rights Committee has condemned reports of a deadly attack on Camp Ashraf, which killed 52 residents and injured dozens.
According to reports, the attack on the refugee camp started at midnight on Sunday 1 September. Several refugees were reportedly taken hostage by Iraqi troops.
The Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales has called for greater protections for the residents of the Iranian dissident camp.
Although most of the 3000 refugees in Camp Ashraf were moved last year to Camp Liberty, a former US military base on the outskirts of Baghdad, around 100 refugees stayed behind.
Professor Sara Chandler, chair of the Human Rights Committee, said:
‘The UN and the US government gave assurances for the safety and security of the Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, on numerous occasions. They have clearly failed to uphold their promise of protection while the Iraqi army has indulged into such a heinous act of aggression against refugees who are ‘protected persons’ under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
‘The UN and US should condemn this attack in the strongest terms and provide all the humanitarian needs for the wounded. Iraq should immediately release all the hostages. The safety and security of the residents of Camps Ashraf and Liberty is the responsibility of the UN and the US.’