MKO denies members to choose next stay
The MKO denies its members the right to choose an alternative place to stay, as Baghdad starts a countdown to move the group out of Iraq.
The leaders of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) have refused to allow a group affiliated to the Iraqi ministry of human rights to access the residents of Camp Ashraf, the MKO’s headquarters in the Iraqi province of Diyala, Farsnews agency reported on Monday.
According to the report, the human rights team was trying to get in contact with the members of the terrorist group to ask their opinion on an alternative place to go to as the Iraqi government has decided to shut down their headquarters in the near future.
Iraq has vowed to move MKO members to their country Iran or send them to a third country as it holds the anti-Iran group responsible for destabilizing Iraq through its terror attacks.
According to a late March report by the Iraqi al-Bayyina al-Jadida daily, Iraq has been in talks with Australia to convince it to accept MKO members.
Iraqi sources also revealed in February that several countries were considering granting entry permission to certain members of the terrorist group.
Egypt, they said, had agreed with a request by MKO leaders to establish a camp in the country.
The MKO is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by many international entities and countries, including the US.
The group was exiled from Iran after the Islamic Revolution and settled in Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
The MKO is responsible for numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials as well as Iraqis during the reign of Saddam.
Tehran has long called for the expulsion of MKO members from Iraq. Tehran says the members of the group who have not participated in terrorist activities can return home but others will need to stand trial.