36 PMOI members are in critical condition in 7th week of their hunger strike
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran reported on Sep. 14th that the 36 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) who were taken hostage by the Iraqi forces in the late July attack against Camp Ashraf are in critical condition. In the seventh week of their hunger strike to protest their illegal abduction, they are about to reach unrecoverable points. All the captives are suffering from severe weakness and impairment of vision and hearing, and digestive system. Although three weeks have passed since Khalis city court ruled their release, the Iraqi forces continue holding them captive. Habib Ghorab, is suffering from severe leg swelling and vascular lesions caused by torture and beatings he was subjected to during the arrest. He must be urgently examined and treated by specialists. Mohammad Reza Hooshmand, is transferred to Khalis hospital and put under oxygen tent due to critical complications caused by asthma attacks. Mehdi Zare who is on the threshold of losing his vision due to nerve inflammation of his eyes has never been visited by a specialist. Aziz Gholami while suffering from hypothyroidism does not have access to the required vital drug. Ibrahim Komary, Jalil Gholam Zadeh and Homayoon Dayhim have been transferred to emergency room in Khalis hospital for the treatment of severe chest pain. Ibrahim Komary is in need of special medical care. On Sunday, the officials at Khalis court expressed their helplessness in implementation of the court order because of political interferences. They stressed that ridiculous charges such as illegal entry dating back to 25 years ago, are clearly a pretext for keeping the hostages in captivity. The Iranian Resistance had previously revealed that, following the visit to Iraq by the regime’s Foreign Minister, the mullahs’ regime embassy in Baghdad with a brazen intervention in Iraqi Judiciary system, prevented the implementation of court ruling on the release of the hostages. Making excuses such as illegal presence in Iraq is made up by the terrorist Quds Force and the agents of mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence and Security who are pulling the strings. It is already evident that continued captivity of the 36 Ashraf residents, is simply giving in to inhumane demands of the mullahs’ regime that insists on their killing. On the Forty-ninth day of hunger strike by the 36 hostages, the Iranian Resistance once again calls on the U.S. government, U.S. embassy Baghdad, the Mult-National Force-Iraq, Secretary General of the United Nations, the UN Security Council, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and all international human rights organizations to act immediately to save their lives. U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and American Forces must fulfill their obligations towards the Protected Persons, including the 36 hostages, according to the individual agreements they signed with all Camp Ashraf residents. The Iranian Resistance warns the Iraqi Government that hostage taking and beating and injuring Protected Persons and preventing their release in violations of the court order, are considered as crime against humanity and will be pursued in the international courts.
Today(Monday sep. 14) was the 48th day of hunger strike by the Iranian-Canadians in Ottawa in front of the US embassy. They want to see the return of the 36 Iranian hostages taken by the Iraqi forces. Their state of health is not good and they all suffer from low blood pressure to low suger level. Yet they refuse to break their hunger strike.
Senior House Members Press U.S. Envoy over Protection of Camp Ashraf, Demand Release of 36 Iranian dissidents
PRNewswire-USNewswire, Washington, reported on Sept. 12 that at a hearing on September 10, senior members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, voiced outrage over a July attack by Iraqi forces against Camp Ashraf, where 3,400 Iranian refugees reside. Christopher Hill, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq was testifying. Committee Chair Howard Berman (D-CA) had already expressed deep concerns over the assault in a July 29 joint statement with the Committee Ranking Republican, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Congresswomen Ros-Lehtinen told Ambassador Hill: ’I’m concerned about Iraqi actions being undertaken at the behest of the Iranian regime with respect to Ashraf.’ She then asked about specific measures to ensure rights of Ashraf residents and to prevent their forcible return to Iran. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) pointed out that the 36 abducted residents of Ashraf are still in captivity ’even though an Iraqi judge has ordered these individuals to be released.’Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) referred to the 1,000 women in Ashraf and said that there is no excuse for attacking the residents. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) asked Ambassador Hill to ’take back with you to the Iraqi government that there are senior members of the United States Congress that are watching what they’re doing. Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC) called the attack a violation of the Geneva Conventions and called for ’pressure on the Iraqis to act in a humane way and consistent with the conventions.’ Ambassador Hill told the lawmakers, ’We have made it very clear to the Iraqi government... that we are interested in the well being of these people, we’re interested in the preservation of their human rights, we’re interested in the fact that they should not be forcibly repatriated to Iran.’ The U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents welcomes Ambassador Hill’s acknowledgement that exercise of ’sovereignty of should not come at the expense of human rights or repatriation.’ However, echoing the demands raised in an open letter to President Obama by two dozen Iranian-American communities, the Committee calls on the United States, in particular the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, to undertake practical measures to secure the release of 36 abducted residents. It also urges the U.S. to take the lead in facilitating the stationing of a permanent United Nations monitoring post at Ashraf.
SOURCE U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents
The Iranian Resistance warns against torture of political prisoners and possible arrest of Karoubi
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran reported on Sep. 13 that the Iranian Resistance warns against torture, rape, intimidation of political prisoners and possible arrest of KaroubiNCRI - On Saturday, the three-man committee of the mullahs’ judiciary, Ibrahim Ra’isi, Mohseni Eje’i and Ali Khalafi, investigating reports on torture, in particular sexual abuse of political prisoners said in their report to Sadeq Larijani, head of the regime’s judiciary, that the documents submitted by Mehdi Karoubi about torture and rape of those detained during the post election uprising were ”completely fake and politically motivated” and they asked for a “fair and decisive measure against him.” According to a report by Fars news agency affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards Corps Larijani has agreed with the recommendations of the committee. The regime, in a new phase of internal purge and suppression, is preparing the grounds for the arrest of Mehdi Karoubi, who had held top posts within the regime for the past 30 years and for eight years as the speaker of Majlis (mullahs’ Parliament). Members of this committee have been involved in the massacre, torture and sexual abuse of political prisoners over the years and should be put on trial for committing crimes against humanity. Ibrahim Ra’isi was a key member of the “Death Committee” responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. Mohseni Eje’i as the representative of the Revolutionary Prosecutor in the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), head of the Third District of the Revolutionary Court, the prosecutor of the Special Court for Clergy and the MOIS Minister has been one of the main elements of the regime in suppression and conducting atrocities in the past 30 years.On Friday, the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described reports about murders, barbaric tortures and sexual abuses of political prisoners, which has turned into a major scandal for the regime, as “lies and rumors” and warned the clergy belonged to the defeated faction that they will “fall” for the “mistakes” they have made. Prior to this, some members of Majlis affiliated to Khamenei and various bodies of the Revolutionary Guards Corps had called for Mehdi Karoubi’s arrest.Over three decades of the mullahs’ rule, the Iranian Resistance has continuously exposed barbaric tortures, rape and murder of political prisoners under torture that were all carried out on the order of Khomeini and other clergy. In these circumstances, the Resistance once again warns against medieval tortures and intimidations against political prisoners and recent widespread arrests and particularly the possible arrest of Mr. Mehdi Karoubi.The Iranian Resistance calls on the United Nations Security Council and all international human rights organizations to adopt effective measures to stop unbridled barbarism by mullahs’ regime in the 21st century.