EU calls for international observers to probe clashes in Camp Ashraf

12 04 2011

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on 9 April that the EU was “deeply disturbed at reports of the use of force against Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq, resulting in casualties.” Deploring the loss of life, Ashton called on the Iraqi government “to grant access to Camp Ashraf to independent international observers in order that they can provide a comprehensive picture of the situation.” (Read her statement:

According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, a young woman who was filming the events in Camp Ashraf, Saba Haftbaradaran, and a journalist working for the satellite TV station, Asieh Rakhshani, were killed on 8 April.

The independent international observers who are sent to Iraq to investigate the events in Camp Ashraf must shed light on the circumstances of the deaths of these two young women, along with the deaths of all the other people killed by the Iraqi army in the course of the clashes of the past few days, Reporters Without Borders said. Those responsible must be punished. Impunity must not be the rule in Iraq today.



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