Help us to save the lives of residents of Camp Ashraf
Following extensive conspiracies against residents of Camp Ashraf, Iraq, dozens of law makers and human rights figures from across the world formed an international committee to defend their rights in Iraq. Iran Liberty Association supports the aims of the International Committee in Defence of Ashraf and helps fund the activities of the lawyers who defend the rights of Ashraf residents.
In the first session of the International Committee in Defence of Ashraf in the European Parliament in Brussels it was emphasised that:
Residents of Ashraf are protected by the Fourth Geneva Convention and international law. They have lived in Iraq for 20 years as political refugees. The Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I), the Iraqi government and all relevant international organizations should respect the protections granted to Ashraf residents by their status as protected persons.
Ashraf City is home to members and sympathisers of Irans main opposition group, the Peoples Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI). In the last few years it has become the beacon of hope for tolerant, secular and freedom loving Muslims in their struggle against the reactionary forces of Islamic fundamentalism, which has been responsible for so much death and destruction across the Middle East and the wider world.
Ashraf City is situated north of the Iraqi town of Al-Khalis and approximately 60 miles from Baghdad. As with any other small city, it contains all sorts of educational, health, sports and social facilities. These include Olympic size swimming pools, in door and our door stadiums, a hospital, a shopping centre, a university, libraries, a zoo, parks, a mosque, a cemetery and a museum of terrorism containing evidence of Iranian regime attacks on the PMOI. In order to function effectively, Ashraf City also has services such as shops and bakeries, petrol stations and its own traffic police. Ashraf City even has its own Cola production factory, which produces thousands of bottles of Ashraf Cola, and its own ice cream parlour.
The residents of Ashraf City advocate a free, secular and democratic Iran in which there is a separation of Church and State, and in which the rights of all citizens are safeguarded regardless of their gender, ethnic background, religious or political beliefs.
PMOI members have built a bustling, idyllic sprawl of self-contained mini-villages with barracks-style living quarters, dining halls, recreational facilities and carefully maintained gardens. Camp Ashraf has its own swimming pool, library, monument to fallen comrades and a museum where visitors can view gruesome videos of Iranian regime brutality Whatever their idiosyncracsies, PMOI members also project a progressive streak and political ethos unusual in the world, much less the Middle East. (Los Angeles Times 19 March 2005)
Iraqi police attack on Ashraf, 28-29 July 2009
After nearly two months of illegal seizer of Ashraf by Iraqi forces, on Tuesday 28th of July 2009 at 16:00 local time, attack on Ashraf residents by Iraqi forces started using pepper gas, tear gas, sound grenades, clubs, wood-sticks, axes and metal bars. The police forces severely beat the defenceless Ashraf dissidents with batons, chains, and metal bars. The gates to Camp Ashraf were demolished by bulldozer.
11 residents were killed, over 500 severely wounded and 36 kidnapped.
In the evening of Tuesday July 28, 2009, the Iraqi police started shooting live bullets on the civilians living in Ashraf killing at least four and injuring a dozen. At least 30 people were reported to have been kidnapped by Iraqi forces to unknown locations on Tuesday. There was strong fear that they would be handed over to the Iranian government which will mean torture and murder. At the end of the two day savage attack 11 residents were killed and 36 abducted.
The attack was coordinated and done on behest of the Iranian government that is in deep crisis after the recent uprisings in Iran. Iranian regime considers Ashraf as the source of inspiration to millions of Iranians who have been out in the streets crying for freedom and an end to the three-decade-long repression under the rule of "velayat-e-faghih" (absolute rule of clergy).
(You can view the video clips for this savage attack on Ashraf here or watch the CBS report here.)
The Iraqi Army prevented journalists from entering the camp and had actually blocked all entries to the city. The dissidents resisted the unlawful invasion with bare hands, using their bodies as obstruction to military vehicles who intended to over run them. In the morning of July 29 residents were run over brutally by US made Hamvees given to Iraqi forces. The savagery could be seen on the shocking video clips broadcast by the Simye Azadi satellite TV that was the first TV station reporting the violent attack showing the first hand footage.
The Iraqi army prevented ambulances and cars from transferring the wounded to the hospital. They destroyed many cars, residential containers, and water containers and stole many more.
The hostages were released after 72 days of hunger strike. Many Ashraf supporters around the world joined the hostages and went on hunger strike for the same period. Doctors in Ashraf who received the hostages said they were in near death condition.
Hunger strikers around the world ended their fast after they made sure all the hostages werereturned to the camp and celebrated their victory which was won through massive suffering,sacrifice and perseverence.
(You can view the video clip for this savage attack on Ashraf by clicking at or simply by copying it to the Address bar on your browser. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5196722n&tag=cbsnewsSectionContent.0)