53 signatories to Guterres – Families need the names of wounded residents

Honourable António Guterres UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva

As your Excellency is aware, Camp Liberty in Baghdad, the temporary camp for nearly three thousand members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) was subjected Thursday night 26 53 signatories to Guterres – Families need the names of wounded residentsDecember 2013 to a terrorist attack by rockets and mortars. According to the PMOI this attack caused the death of 4 of the camp residents and the wounding of 71 others, many of whom are in a critical condition.

The PMOI published the names and photographs of those killed, but not the names of the wounded. We, the undersigned, as a group of Iranian critics of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), as well as former members of the organization, express our support for the request of the families of the residents of Camp Liberty to speed up the transfer of the residents from Iraq to third countries.

So, we urge your honour, as UN High Commissioner for Refugees and international authority who is responsible for solving this issue, as well as the competent international bodies, especially the International Committee of the Red Cross and its office in Iraq, to oblige the leadership of the PMOI to announce the names of the wounded residents from this incident by any appropriate means, such as informing the families or by allowing the wounded to directly contact or meet their families.

We consider the request of the families to conform to the rights and requirements of international humanitarian laws and basic principles of human rights, including the right of families to know the fate of their relatives in such events because of their family relation, of course, and by virtue of emotions and natural humanity and they are worried about the health and status of their relatives residing in the refugee camp.

We also announce our support for the request of a group of families of the residents of Camp Liberty to speed up the transfer of the residents from Iraq, where there are daily killings of many innocent people in terrorist incidents or in bloody sectarian clashes, to the third countries, while nearly a third of them have documents of residency or asylum in European countries or North America.

We join these families to call on international bodies, especially the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to put their utmost efforts into urging the member states towards resettling the residents in third countries as soon as possible.

We would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude in advance for your efforts in this regard, and for informing the families about the fate and status of their relatives in Camp Liberty.

A group of Iranian critics of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and former members of the Organization

16 January 2014

Signatories:

1.Mohammad Karami

2. Hassan Piransar

3. Batul Soltani

4. Saba Shekar Beyghi

5. Mohsen Mahdavi

6. M. Barazandeh

7. Hamid Sistani

8. Mahmoud Sepahi

9. Mehrdad Sagharchi

10. Ghorbanali Hossein nejad

11. Hassan Azizi

12. Seyed Amir movasaghi

13. Alireza Mirasghari

14. Edward Termado

15. Behzad Alishahi

16. Toraj Amiri

17. Massoud Khodabandeh

18. Shirzad Jalili

19. Majid Rohi

20. Niaz Salimi

21. Shahin Rabiee

22. Anne Singleton

23. Bahiee Jeylani

24. Nasrin Ebrahimi

25. Zahra Al Sadat Mirbagheri

26. Homeyra Mohammad Nejad

27. Mahtab Alipour

28. Zahra Moini

29. Mona Hossein Nejad

30. B- Amiri

31. Visha Madej

32. Ahmad Mohammadi

33. Arash Sameti pour

34. Ali Khatami

35. Saeed Soltanpour

36. Ali Ghashghavi

37. Ali Jahani

38. Hamid Dehdar

39. Ehsan Bidi

40. Mehdi Khoshhal

41. Hassan Khalag

42. Jafar Ebrahimi

43. Hamid Yosefi

44. Vahid Saidi

45. Adel Azami

46. Ali akbar Rastgo

47. Mitra Yousefi

48. Massoud Jabani

49. Mohammadreza Najarian kermani

50 . Homayon Kahzadi

51 . Mirbagher Sedaghi

52 .Ghafour Fatahyian

53 – Reza Fani Yazdi

Copies to:

– Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon – New York

– Mrs Jane Holl Lute UNSG adviser for relocation of Camp Liberty residents to third countries

– UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations, Ms Nawi Pillay – Geneva

– Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Iraq, Mr Nikola Mladenov

– Chairman of the human rights monitoring in the UNAMI in Iraq, Mr Ashouri

– Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations in Iraq

– Ashraf-Liberty Project Office in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations in Camp Liberty – Mr Ahmed Al-Tamimi

– The International Committee of the Red Cross

– Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Baghdad

– Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq

– The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights

– Amnesty International

– Human Rights Watch

Mohammad Karami blog, Paris

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