The conditions under which 400 Camp Ashraf residents were forced to move to Camp Liberty last week, where minimum of their humanitarian standards are not observed despite a technical approval in advance of the move by a UN inspector, among other issues, were the subjects of discussion at a conference held by legislative and legal authorities in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2012 in Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.
The speakers protested the fact that Camp Liberty was approved at first place by a shelter specialist to be fit for Ashraf residents to move there. A fact that was proven false after the 400 residents moved to the camp. The speakers demanded to know who was responsible for such foul play. They also warned about any cover-ups by Iraqi authorities or other parties involved, who by using Iranian regime tactics, are trying to demonize the residents by trying to blame them to be causing the problems.
The speakers called for an international investigative committee to find out who was responsible for certifying the camp Liberty to meet humanitarian standards.
The conference started by paying tribute to Lord Robin Corbett, who passed away last Friday, as a leading advocate of freedom in Iran and the rights of the residents of Camp Ashraf.
The conference was chaired by Mr. DAVID AMESS, MP; Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, addressed the meeting on video conference.
Maryam Rajavi's speech at London Queen Elizabeth Centre
Valeri Corbett's speech at Queen Elizabeth conference centre in London
Speech by: Geoffrey Robertson QC, founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, Former president of the UN Special Court For Sierra Leone, and former distinguished jurist member of the United Nations Internal Justice Council
Speech by: Lord Clarke of Hampstead, former chairman of the Labour party
Speech by: General David Phillips (U.S.), former chief of military police at fort Leonard wood, Missouri Missouri, and former commander of all police operations in Iraq, which included the protection of camp Ashraf; col. Wes martin (U.S.), is the former anti-terrorism/force protection officer of all coalition forces in Iraq, and base commander for camp Ashraf
Speech by: col. Wes Martin (U.S.), is the former anti-terrorism/force protection officer of all coalition forces in Iraq, and base commander for camp Ashraf
Speech by: Christina Rees, Writer, Broadcaster and Public Speaker. She is also a member of the general Synod of the Church of England and Chair of WATCH (Women and the Church);
Speech by: Matthew Offord MP, Conservative MP for Hendon
Speech by: Lord King Of West Bromwich, is a former Mayor of west Bromwich and one of the 35 appellants that took the UK government to court leading to the PMOI’s de-proscription in the United Kingdom
Speech by: Professor Sara Chandler, Chair of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee
Speech by: Malcolm Fowler, Birmingham lawyer, member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society
Speech by: ; professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, Oxford professor, expert in refugee matters in international affairs, formerly professor of asylum law at the University of Amsterdam, and legal adviser in the office of United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) from 1976-1988