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Religious personalities take part in Paris event to pay tribute to Iranian exiles killed in Iraq

1/5/2014 - 12:01 AM PST

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LONDON (January 6, 2014) - Christian and Muslim leaders took part in a Paris event on Sunday to pay tribute to members of an Iranian opposition group who were killed in Iraq as a result of rocket and missile attack on the camp near Baghdad housing Iranian dissidents in Iraq on Dec 26.

Four residents were killed and 71 wounded when thirty-eight 107mm rockets and 280mm missiles hit struck Camp Liberty, home to 3,000 Iranian dissidents, members of the Iranian resistance group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

The al-Mukhtar Army, an Iraqi Shiite militia group, claimed responsibility for the attack on Camp Liberty, in a protected area of Baghdad Airport. Its leadership has expressed support for the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. It has also boasted of being sponsored by Iran and linked to its Revolutionary Guard.

Renowned French Bishop Jacques Gaillot; Sheik Khalil Merroun, head of d'Evry Mosque; Abderrahmane Dahmane, President of Council of Muslim Democrats of France were among religious leaders who addressed the event.

In his emotional remarks, while referring to the four Iranian dissidents who were slain in the Dec 26 attack Bishop Gaillot said: "The martyrs are witnesses. We can trust them because they have given their lives for the cause."

"Martyrs are seeds of resistance and hope. Do not allow the (Iranian) dictatorship to steal the hope for freedom from you," Bishop Gaillot added.

In the same event that was held at the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI called for an independent inquiry by United Nations on the rocket attack and massacre of Iranian refugees in Iraq.

On September 1, fifty-two Iranian refugees in Iraq were massacred, execution-style, by Iraqi security forces at the behest of the Iranian regime and seven were taken hostage.

Rajavi said: "It is four months now that the Iraqi government and its master (Iranian regime) are doing their outmost to cover up the reality of the September 1 massacre in Camp Ashraf. It is the responsibility of United States and the European Union to urge United Nations to conduct an independent inquiry and prevent stonewalling by Government of Iraq. She warned that "the U.S., UN and EU have complete responsibility for anything that might happen to PMOI members in Camp Liberty" because U.S. has the obligation and the capacity to transfer all PMOI members to America, but so far has sidestepped from it.

She said lack of action by the U.S., EU and UN to guarantee the safety and protection of Camp Liberty residents only emboldens the mullahs and their puppet government in Iraq to repeat their atrocities against the defenseless residents of Liberty on a much larger scale.

In addition to religious leaders, French personalities, including elected officials from Val d'Oise Province such as Jean-Pierre Béquet, mayor of Auvers-sur-Oise and member of provincial council, and dignitaries such as honorary governor and former head of DST Yves Bonnet, former UN Chief of Human Rights Office in Iraq, Tahar Boumedra, and supporters of resistance from throughout Europe participated in the event.

Speakers reminded the explicit commitments by the international community, the U.S., EU and UN to protect the residents. They emphasized that political expediency in this regard was immoral, indefensible and tantamount to participation in the crime. In particular, they called on France to take the initiative at the Security Council to protect Camp Liberty residents and launch an inquiry into the Ashraf massacre.

Rajavi called on the international community, in particular the U.S., EU, UN and the UN Security Council to adopt urgent measures to save the lives of these defenseless asylum-seekers. She called for the provision of minimum security requirements at Camp Liberty, immediate release of the seven Ashraf hostages, a comprehensive, independent, transparent and impartial UN probe into the September 1 massacre in Ashraf and the December 26 attack on Liberty, and transferring asylum-seekers in Camp Liberty, especially the injured and the sick, to European countries or the United States.


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