World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


BPCIF Condemns Iraqi Threat to Extradite Iranian Dissidents

BPCIF Condemns Shocking Iraqi Threat to Extradite Iranian Dissidents

The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) is deeply concerned by remarks made by Iraq’s Justice Minister Hassan Shammari regarding the extradition to Iran of members of PMOI, the main Iranian opposition movement. The residents of Camp Liberty are Protected Persons and ‘people of concern’ under the Fourth Geneva Convention and any attempt to extradite them to a country where they will face torture and execution is blatant unlawful, and in breach of the principle of non-refoulment.

Shammari was quoted as saying, “According to an agreement signed between Iran and Iraq on exchange of prisoners, Iran can ask for extradition of the MKO (PMOI) members.” Such total disregard for international law is nothing new for the current leadership of Iraq. The Iraqi regime has already been complicit in the deaths of over 100 members of the Iranian opposition based in Camps Ashraf and Liberty while denying basic rights, access to fuel, food, water and access to lawyers for more than 3,000 remaining residents in Camp Liberty.

These are defenceless people. International law clearly states that individuals should not be extradited to a nation where they face danger of torture or harm. Iraq must desist from this obedience to the unlawful demands of the Iranian regime.

The international community has a duty to intervene. The UN, US, UK and EU must immediately condemn statements of Iraq’s Justice Minister and reiterate demands that the Government of Iraq respect international law or face stern action from the international community. The Iraqi authorities must know that in due course the perpetrators of these crimes will face justice at the International Criminal Court.

Further, the UN and UNHCR should without hesitation declare Camp Liberty as a refugee camp and provide the residents with group refugee status.It is time for a protective UN force and permanent presence at Camp Liberty to protect the residents.

We urge the UK to use its power as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to secure the safety and well-being of these ‘persons of concern’. Nothing short of blue helmets at Camp Liberty is likely to save its defenceless residents, who have no weapons for their own defence and are long committed against violence.

British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
11 March 2014

--- ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN Agency Food Prices Drop To Four-Year Low

As the result of two consecutive years of good harvests, global cereal inventories are expected to rise to their highest levels in 15 years. Photo: FAO/Danfung Dennis More>>

Pacific.Scoop: Fiji’s Captive 45 UN Peacekeepers Set Free

The United Nations has confirmed the release of all 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been held for two weeks by Islamist rebels in the Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, reports Al Jazeera English. More>>

ALSO:

UN: Ozone Layer Is Recovering But Remains Threatened

The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades. Photo: UNEP More>>

UN: Despite Price Dip, Uranium Demand, Production On The Rise

Uranium ore is processed into a concentrate known as yellowcake and packed in special, tightly sealed steel drums similar in size to oil barrels. Photo: IAEA More>>

ALSO:

UN: Disarmament For Development Is A 'Win-Win' For States

Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order Alfred De Zayas. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard More>>

ALSO:


Tasmania: Anti-Protest Bill Contravenes Australia’s Human Rights

Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of peacful assembly and of association Maina Kiai. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré More>>

ALSO:

Amazon: Missionary Contacts Vulnerable Uncontacted Amazon Tribe

Uncontacted Mashco-Piro have taken clothes and food from outsiders, putting them at extreme risk of contracting fatal diseases to which they have no immunity More>>

Liberia: Merciless,’ Spread Of Ebola In Liberia Must Be Stopped

‘Merciless,’ Spread of Ebola in Liberia Must Be Stopped in Its Tracks, Security Council Told More>>

Botswana: Diamond Mine Opens On Bushman Land

In 2004, a Botswana Minister said there was no mining nor any plans for future mining anywhere inside the CKGR. In 2014 a $4.9bn diamond mine opens . More>>


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news