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Lord Carlile of Berriew On Today's Attack On Camp Ashraf

Statement By Lord Carlile of Berriew On Today's Attack On Camp Ashraf

MPs strongly condemn deadly attack on Camp Ashraf, call on UK, US and UN to order Iraq to stop massacre of refugees

They should dispatch a delegation to the scene immediately to save the wounded and hostages

Iraqi army units began an assault on Camp Ashraf at midnight on Sunday 1 September and up to now at least 23 residents have been killed and others have been injured or taken hostage. The attackers are shooting directly at the residents as mortar units hit buildings with mortar rockets. At least 5 residents were handcuffed and killed at point blank range.

The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom strongly condemns the brutal attack on the ‘protected persons’ who are civilians in Camp Ashraf and calls on the UN and the UK and US governments to uphold their commitment for protecting these refugees. They should immediately call on the Iraqi government to stop the massacre and dispatch their representatives to the scene to save the wounded and the hostages.

As of now at least 23 bodies have been identified and the actual number of the dead and injured is not known.

It is a disgrace for the international community to allow such a massacre to take place after so many warnings were given in advance by the residents and their representatives in Europe and North America.

Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC said: “I call upon the UK Government to make the strongest protest to Iraq against this human rights outrage and carnage.”

British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom

1 September 2013

Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation
Rt. Hon. Lord Waddington, Former Home Secretary and Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Clarke of Hampstead, former Chairman of the Labour Party
Baroness Gould of Potternewton, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen OBE, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
Baroness Harris of Richmond, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
Rt. Hon. Baroness Boothroyd OM, former Speaker of the House of Commons
Rt. Hon. Lord Dholakia PC OBE DL, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party
Rt. Rev. Bishop of Oxford
Rt. Rev. Lord Harries of Pentregarth FKC DD FRSL, former Bishop of Oxford
Mr. David Amess MP
Mr. Mike Hancock CBE MP
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass
Lord Alton of Liverpool
Lord Bilston
Rt. Hon. Lord Eden of Winton PC
Mr. Austin Mitchell MP
Baroness Turner of Camden
Baroness Masham of Ilton DL
Lord Rea
Lord Roberts of Llandudno
Mr. Martin Caton MP
Mr. Jim Dobbin MP
Mr. Brian Binley MP
Mr. Mark Williams MP
Lord Inglewood DL
Lord Turnberg
Sir Roger Gale MP
Baroness Blood
Mr. John Leech MP
Lord Joffe CBE
Lord Cotter
Sir Bob Russell MP
Mr. Mike Freer MP
Mr. Joe Benton MP
Mr. Steve McCabe MP
Rt. Hon. Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde

ENDS

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