Defectors from the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization allege the United States is thwarting the closure of MKO’s Camp Ashraf in Iraq.
Director of the Iran-based Nejat [Rescue] Association’s Foreign Relations Department, Arash Sameti, said the United States refuses to hand Camp Ashraf over to the Iraqi government.
Most of the MKO members currently in Camp Ashraf are ailing, and being physically and mentally abused by their terrorist leaders, he added.
The MKO is blacklisted by several countries, including the EU, as a terrorist organization. The group has launched terrorist attacks inside Iran and has killed nearly 12,000 citizens across the country.
Nejat Association members have recently held meetings with the European parliament, human rights organizations, Amnesty International and British government officials in London to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis occurring within the MKO. The leaders of the group, headed by Maryam Rajavi, are committing crimes against their own members.
According to former members of the MKO, the organization’s leaders have set up a personality cult ‘which brainwashes its supporters.’
“We urged the European officials to open Camp Ashraf doors to doctors and human rights organizations and rescue the trapped members who don’t want to be part of this terrorist group anymore,”Sameti elaborated.
“We welcome the Iraqi government’s decision to take over the control of the Ashraf Camp and seek the European countries’ support for the release of its members.”
After the US-led invasion of the country, the US put the members under protection in north Iraq amid reports that they had been used by Washington for espionage and violence-related activities.
Iraqi government officials believe the Mujahedeen Khalq Organization is playing a significant role in fueling violence and insecurity in the country. They have banned any deal with members of the MKO, calling on the US to stop supporting the terrorist group.
Nejat Association was established in 2003 by former members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization and families of the members who remain at Camp Ashraf.