Iran Human Rights urges immediate release of 36 Iranian detainees in Baghdad

5 10 2009

Sunday 4 October 2009

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Iran Human Rights, October 4: Iran Human Rights has in a public statement urged the Iraqi government for unconditional and immediate release of 36 Iranian detainees who have have been held by Iraqi police since end of July this year.

These 36 (all men) are residents of Camp Ashraf (belonging to the Iranian opposition organization Mojahedin-e-Khalgh) and were arrested under the violent attacks by the Iraqi security forced on July 28. and 29.

11 residents of Camp Ashraf were killed under these attacks which were condemned by several human rights organizations such as Amnesty International.

According to several reports, a court in the town of Khales (north of Baghdad), has ordered for immediate release of the 36 detainees. However Iraqi police has refused to follow the court order and transferred the 36 camp Ashraf residents to a undisclosed location in Baghdad.

According to the reports all the detainees have been under hunger strike since their arrest and despite their poor health condition, are continuing their hunger strike, but now also without drinking water.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights said: ” we condemn detention of the 36 Camp Ashraf residents and urge iraqi government to release them unconditionally and without any delay”. He added “According to the reports, several of the detainees are under serious health conditions and need urgent medical help. Iraqi government and Mr. Nouri Al-Malaki should be kept responsible for their life and safety”.


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