The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Gutierrez stressed that his body would not grant asylum to the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), reminding that the UNHCR gives asylum only to individuals and not groups and organizations.
According to a report published by the Habilian Association, a human rights group formed of the families of 17,000 Iranian terror victims, the issue was raised by Gutierrez in a meeting with Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Muhammad Shia al-Sudani.
"The commissioner doesn’t grant asylum to groups and organizations, rather asylum is granted to individuals under the condition of abandoning violence," he noted.
He added that the UNHCR has opened several ways for talks with a number of European states in a bid to find a third party to host the MKO terrorists.
The two officials also discussed the memorandum of understanding signed between Iraq and the United Nations on the procedures for the expulsion of the MKO from Iraq.
The latest reports said that expulsion of the cult members is imminent, while over 1,600 Ashraf residents are willing to voluntarily return to Iran.
The reports also indicated that Iraq has issued arrest warrants for some 70 MKO members who were terror chiefs, torturers and interrogators.
Based on a memorandum of understanding signed on 25 December between Iraq and United Nations, the MKO members are temporarily transferred to a former US military base for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to determine their refugee status.
The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.
Before an overture by the EU, the MKO was on the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations subject to an EU-wide assets freeze. Yet, the MKO puppet leader, Maryam Rajavi, who has residency in France, regularly visited Brussels and despite the ban enjoyed full freedom in Europe.
The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).
Many of the MKO members abandoned the terrorist organization while most of those still remaining in the camp are said to be willing to quit but are under pressure and torture not to do so.
A May 2005 Human Rights Watch report accused the MKO of running prison camps in Iraq and committing human rights violations.
According to the Human Rights Watch report, the outlawed group puts defectors under torture and jail terms.
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran’s new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.
The terrorist group joined Saddam’s army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.
Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who also argue for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.
The MKO has been in Iraq’s Diyala province since the 1980s.
Iraqi security forces took control of the training base of the MKO at Camp Ashraf – about 60km (37 miles) North of Baghdad – in 2009 and detained dozens of the members of the terrorist group.
The Iraqi authority also changed the name of the military center from Camp Ashraf to the Camp of New Iraq.