Friends of a Free Iran intergroup in the European Parliament strongly condemned the medical ban on Ashraf residents by the Iraqi government
Friends of a Free Iran Intergroup European Parliament in Brussel, released a statement which reads: The committee in charge of suppressing the residents of Ashraf, within the Iraqi government, organized a deadly attack against Ashraf on July 28 and 29 during which 11 residents were killed, 130 were disabled, 370 were wounded and over 1000 were beaten up. Ashraf Camp is home to 3400 members of the Iranian democratic opposition, PMOI.For the past three days, this Iraqi committee has prevented the necessary medicine purchased by Ashraf residents as well as specialist doctors from entering the camp to visit their patients. On November 25, it was notified to the residents of Ashraf that from now on all medicine and medical doctors would be barred from entering Ashraf. In addition, in recent months, sending medical test samples of the patients and the wounded to laboratories in Baghdad as well as entering any medical equipment to Ashraf has not been allowed. To prevent access to medical doctors and treatment as well as medicine is a war crime and crime against humanity in blatant violation of the principles of the medical profession and medical law.The European Parliament resolution adopted on April 24, 2009, ’Calls on the Iraqi government to end its blockade of the camp and respect the legal status of the Camp Ashraf residents as ‘Protected Persons’ under the Geneva Conventions, and to refrain from any action that would endanger their life or security, namely full access to food, water, medical care and supplies, fuel, family members and international humanitarian organizations.” It also “calls on the Iraqi authorities to protect the lives, and the physical and moral integrity of the Camp Ashraf residents and to treat them in accordance with the obligations under the Geneva Conventions, notably not to forcibly displace, deport, expel or repatriate them in violation of the principle of non-refoulement,’The Iraqi committee in charge of suppressing the residents of Ashraf has also told PMOI representatives that it will soon resort to force and violence to transfer Ashraf residents to Southern Iraq. Displacement of Ashraf residents and threats by the Iraqi government representative are unlawful and considered as criminal acts under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. According to the Statute of the International Criminal Court, the forcible displacement of a population is a case of crime against humanity. We call on the Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki not to stand face to face against the international community on the basic rights of people who have lived lawfully in Iraq for many years. We are fully confident that the people of Iraq would strongly condemn violations of these rights and it is only the Iranian regime that would welcome such violations.
A female Kurdish political prisoner on the verge of execution
The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement on November 28, 2009 that the mullahs’ regime has sentenced a female Kurdish political prisoner, Zeinab Jalalian, accused of ‘waging war against God’ to death. The sentence, delivered in a trial that lasted only a few minutes in the absence of a lawyer and a fair judicial process, has also been approved by the regime’s Supreme Court. Zeinab, 27, coming from Maku (Western Azerbaijan), was interned for eight months in torture chambers of the regime’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS.) She is now in Sanandaj prison and on the verge of execution. She is in a poor state of health as a result of tortures. The clerical authorities refuse her medical attention and visits with her family. The Iranian Resistance called on all human rights organizations, the UN High Commissioner for human rights and women’s rights organizations to condemn the wave of arbitrary arrests, torture and execution of women in Iran and the medieval state of prisons in that country and it urges them to take urgent and binding measures to stop executions, especially that of Zeinab Jalalian.
Tear gas attack on protesting mothers of those killed in uprising and political prisoners
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran- November 28, 2009:
Mothers of those who were killed or detained in nationwide uprisings and families of political prisoners, held their weekly march on Saturday. The march went on despite measures by suppressive forces to prevent it. The regime’s agents who failed to prevent the gathering, fired tear gas to intimidate them. However, mothers continued with their protests until 6.00pm marching from Karegar Street to 16 Azar Street with candle lights in hand in memory of the martyrs.