British Ambassador meets with Iraq’s Human Rights Minister

Under Iraq’s Constitution the government will not forcibly repatriate Mojahedin members to Iran

Iraq’s Human Rights Minister, Mikhail SalimIraq’s Human Rights Minister, Mikhail Salim, said her government does not intend to return members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization Iranian opposition, to their country by force.

An official source at the Ministry of Human Rights said: The Ministry, in cooperation with international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, is fully informed of the situations of residents in the Camp of New Iraq (formerly known as Camp Ashraf), and of the humanitarian and legal aspects, stressing the necessity for them to be subject to Iraqi laws and not to encroach upon the sovereignty of the country.

On the riots which recently took place in the camp, the Minister confirmed to the British Ambassador that the Government of Iraq had investigated the matter and will provide them with detailed facts on the subject. The Minister indicated that the suspects arrested during the recent events were held based on the decision of the Director of Residence, after violating residency law. For his part, the British Ambassador showed interest and praised the Ministry of Human Rights Affairs over the 36 detainees who were released last Tuesday. The MKO has been present in Iraq since the 1980s.

Addustour, Baghdad – translated by Iran-interlink

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