German Government condemns deadly violence at Camp Ashraf

03.09.2013 - Press release

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), on 1 September over forty people were reportedly killed in a hitherto unexplained outbreak of violence at Camp Ashraf, which houses members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran.

In this connection the following statement has been issued by a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson:

“The German Government categorically condemns the deadly violence at Camp Ashraf. We regret the tragic loss of so many lives. It is vital to conduct a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding these events.

The German Government supports the efforts of the UN Assistance Mission UNAMI to establish the facts of the matter. We welcome the Iraqi Government’s announcement that it will facilitate a speedy reconstruction of the deadly incidents. We appeal to the Iraqi authorities to assist in a full investigation into all the circumstances and to cooperate closely with UNAMI in this connection.

We call on the leaders of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran to enable everyone in their charge to exercise their full rights. The Iraqi authorities are called upon to provide prompt medical care for the injured and protect members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran from any further attacks.

The German Government is gravely concerned about the situation generally in Iraq, which in recent months has been shaken by a wave of horrific attacks. It is vital the country should allow not even such acts of terror to deflect it from pursuing the political and community reconciliation that is so sorely needed. We therefore appeal to political leaders in Iraq to work together constructively and responsibly to build stability and thereby deny terrorism any chance to take root and flourish.”

Background information

In the course of 2012 over 3100 inmates from Camp Ashraf were transferred, in the presence of UNAMI observers, to an interim camp (Camp Liberty) near Baghdad, the capital. The transfer was intended to enable the United Nations (UNHCR) to check the inmates’ refugee status and facilitate their possible resettlement to third countries. Germany is doing its share to resolve the conflict over Camp Ashraf and will take in those inmates who can show that they already have a claim to asylum.

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