Sample letters

Letter # 1

This letter is an urgent letter in regards to the situation in Camp Ashraf, in northern Iraq. On the morning of April 8th, Iraqi forces raided the camp in an illegal and despicable manner. When residents resisted the raid, they were savagely attacked, with Iraqi forces opening fire and killing up to 33 individuals. More than 200 individuals were said to have been wounded in the clashes, as Iraqi forces sought to take complete control of the camp, and 16 others were said to have been arrested and taken out of the camp.

Over the past two years Iran has continually pressured Iraqi officials in to have residents of Camp Ashraf expelled. Several members of the Iraqi government have echoed these sentiments, even though these actions would be illegal under international law.  However, these recent actions indicate the Iraqi military’s willingness to ignore these standards, and undertake actions which could fall under the category of war crimes.
The coalition forces have an obligation to the safety and protection of these individuals under the ceasefire agreement which was signed with them in 2003. The individuals in Camp Ashraf are protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention, and have been recognized as refugees by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

We urge that protection of the residents of Camp Ashraf be transferred back and remain with US forces. The Coalition Forces in Iraq owe a legal duty of protection to these individuals, and must intervene to ensure their protection and prevent a humanitarian disaster. The United States cannot stand by idly while these blatant violations occur. The Iranian community is deeply concerned by this situation, and will hold the appropriate bodies responsible for their failure to protect these refugees.

Sample Letter # 2

We are writing this letter to urge immediate action in regards to the situation in Camp Ashraf in northern Iraq. Camp Ashraf, which is the home of 3,500 members of the Peoples Mojahedin of Iran has come under attack by Iraqi security forces, 33 individuals having been killed, over 200 injured and 16 being taken away from the camp. These attacks occurred against unarmed camp members, who are protected persons under international law.

Over the last two years Iraqi officials as well as Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei met with have expressed their desire to have the residents of Camp Ashraf expelled from Iraq, even though these actions would be illegal under international law. This raid comes after a similar attack was carried out in July of 2009, resulting in the death of 12 individuals in the camp.

As the peoples uprising for democracy continues in Iran, Camp Ashraf now more than ever represents the hope for democratic change in Iran. Specifically women have taken a leading role in this movement, as they have suffered the brunt of discrimination and oppression under this regime. Women have been leading the fight for democratic change in Iran over the last 30 years, especially in Camp Ashraf Iraq.
The coalition forces have an obligation to the safety and protection of these individuals under the ceasefire agreement which was signed with them in 2003. The individuals in Camp Ashraf are protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention, and have been recognized as refugees by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

We urge that protection of the residents of Camp Ashraf be transferred back and remain with US forces. The Coalition Forces in Iraq owe a legal duty of protection to these individuals, and must intervene to ensure their protection and prevent a humanitarian disaster. The United States cannot stand by idly while these blatant violations occur. The Iranian community is deeply concerned by this situation, and will hold the appropriate bodies responsible for their failure to protect these refugees.

Letter # 3

Open Urgent Letter to President Obama

April 10, 2011

Dear President Obama,

I am sure that you are aware of the barbaric attack by the Iraqi Army on Camp Ashraf in Iraq, home to 3400 Iranian political refugees, on Friday, April 8, 2011. In this  shameful act, eight women and twenty-seven men were killed, three hundred have been injured, and over twenty of the injured victims are in critical condition. As of Friday, due to the lack of proper medical care, equipment, and personnel, the number of dead is increasing.

By the order of Nouri-Almaleki, the so called “Iraqi Prime Minister,” the Iraqi forces have prohibited the transfer of the injured to hospitals or medical facilities outside of the camp. On the other hand, the American forces, which used to provide the residents of the camp with security, refuse to take the victims—who are in critical condition—to the American Military Hospital nearby the camp for medical care. It is nonsense that the American forces argue that the Iraqis do not allow the Americans to take the victims for medical care.

Dear president, through their letters, E-mails, and telephone messages, Iranian supporters of the Camp Ashraf residents have been trying to contact you and ask you for your support and intervention. So far, Iranians have not heard anything from you in regards to your sympathy or support for the victims of Camp Ashraf. Mr. Obama, during your greeting message for the Iranians for their New Year, you stated that you were standing on the side of the Iranian people and were supporting their struggle for freedom. Is this your support and sympathy for the oppressed Iranians—silence?

Mr. President, every moment of your silence is causing more people to die in Ashraf.  Through your silence, you are also supporting the violation of the Forth Geneva Convention and the treaty which the U.S government signed with every single members of Camp Ashraf.

Thus, by writing you this letter, I am urging you to stop the Iraqi forces from injuring and murdering the camp members. I am also asking you to urge the U.S forces to provide the victims, especially those who are in critical condition, with urgent medical care. I have relatives in Ashraf who have been shot by the Iraqis and may die in any moment due to the lack of medical care. If medical care is not provided for my dying relatives, you and Nouri- Al maleki will be held accountable.

Please show your promise to the Iranians that you are on their side through your intervention in the Camp Ashraf situation.

Sincerely,

Letter # 4

I am an Iranian-American citizen I am writing to you about the attack on Camp Ashraf.

I have a right to express how deeply this administration has ashamed and disgusted me.  Your administration has not only looked away from the crimes of torture implemented by the previous administration, but has added to them. Your administration has failed to fulfill its promise to pull out of Afghanistan and has covered up the unspeakable crimes of American troops there and in Iraq. Your administration has turned a deaf ear to peoples’ demands for real freedom and democracy throughout the Middle East, and turned Libya into an opportunity for freedom not for Libyan people but for Western corporate interests.

The most recent obscenity perpetrated by the Obama administration is the criminal neglect of the Iranian refugees living in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.  Although international law requires other states to take positive action to protect innocent civilians in these circumstances, US troops are stationed in close proximity to Ashraf, and the US government is fully aware of the risks to the lives of the unarmed people living in the camp, the US government nevertheless took no steps whatsoever to prevent the military assault that has unfolded over the past 24 hours, and has not intervened to protect the lives of these refugees.  As a result, tens of people have been killed and hundreds have been wounded.  It is a massacre, and this administration bears its full share of responsibility for declining to either prevent or demand a halt to this atrocity.

I have watched this Obama administration make its choices, from its first to this latest, and I know well where this administration stands.  The Obama administration stands foremost against the interests of people, it stands against freedom, justice, and humanity.  This administration supports the killers, the exploiters, the torturers, and the criminals of our world.

Despite knowing full well whose interests the Obama administration represents, I nevertheless make my demands of you as a citizen:

1) stop this massacre against the people in Camp Ashraf and prevent its expansion, and

2) ensure that the rights of the residents of Ashraf, and all other refugees in Iraq, are immediately, fully respected and supported.

I worked to elect a humanitarian president. I want to see that humanitarianism at least once during this administration, and I particularly demand it in the name of Iranian people, who have been struggling alone in this world for their freedom for 33 long, tortured, and bloody years – years that this administration has just helped to make bloodier.

Sincerely,

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22 08 2009
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