UNHCR in its annual report published in April, 2006, reported that:
IRAQ OPERATION, 2006
Ashraf Facility: Some Iranian detainees at this facility near Baghdad have applied for asylum. UNHCR has been requested to verify their status and pursue solutions for those who qualify as refugees. Due to lack of access to Ashraf by humanitarian agencies, UNHCR has piloted the first Refugee Status Determination interviews using video tele-conferencing facilities.
Targets: Some 180 asylum-seekers from Ashraf are interviewed in the first half of 2006, their status is determined and solutions are identified for those who are recognised as refugees.