After the recent illicit remarks made by the Supreme leader of the Mullahs who during a meeting with the Iraqi president asked him to expel the residents of Ashraf, in an unprecedented move on March 13th, Iraqi forces surrounded one of Ashraf's buildings and used force and bullying tactics in an attempt to evacuate hundreds of residents of the building, mostly women. This is an extremely urgent situation and we are all very concerned.
There is an urgent peaceful Sit-in called on, starting from Monday March 16th 2009 in front of the Iraqi Embassy in London at 9 Holland Villas Road to express our outrage over the new conspiracy by the Iranian government's proxies in Iraq who intent to hurt and have Ashraf dissidents extradited to Iran.
Following the Supreme leader of the Mullahs meeting on the 28th of February restricted measures against Ashraf have exceeded dramatically and the Iraqi National Security Advisor Mouwaffaq Al-Rubaie who is the authority responsible for the Iraqi forces around Ashraf- and a known agent of the Iranian government- ordered its forces to stop all lorries and trucks carrying logistical goods, fuel and even medicine to Ashraf. Since March 12, Iraqi forces have prevented any commodity or even fuel from entering Ashraf and turned back trucks carrying logistics. Moreover, 150 Iraqi workers, six vendors who procured Ashraf logistical needs and seven trucks carrying commodities have been barred from entering Ashraf. The Iraqi forces have also prevented families of Ashraf residents from going to the camp and visiting their families. The new measures raise very serious concern about the intentions of the Iraqi forces who have openly said they intend to close Ashraf.
We urge all our friends to join us at the Sit-in to protest the new measures and to prevent this human catastrophe. This will have an effective impact on the destiny of the dissidents in Ashraf as we have had it in the past 5.5 years.
Our demand is that the security of the camp must be returned to the American forces who based on the International law are responsible for the safety of these dissidents, as it was prior to the transfer of security to the Iraqi authorities who have proved not to be acting independent of the Mullahs.
We also urge you to help us in promoting this campaign among friends and relatives, media, etc in any way you can. The writing points could be:
- Condemning the recent actions by the Iraqi authority in force evacuation of the building where women are residing, and an immediate stop on all such activities.
- Asking for guaranteed protection of Ashraf residents based on the principle of non-refoulement, the Geneva conventions and all International laws, thus the protection of Ashraf must be reinstated to that which was in place before January 2009, i.e., the U.S. forces be tasked with the protection of Ashraf.
- Demanding an immediate seizure of all restrictions imposed by the Iraqi authorities on supply of medicine, logistics and fuel, etc in to the city or the limitations on Iraqi workers or agents from entering the city who are trying to assist the residents or are working in Ashraf.
This is extremely urgent.
Please address your letters of concern to all the following bodies:
The president of the United States of America, Honourable Barack Obama, Fax: 001 2020 456 2461
The secretary of states, Hon. Hillary Clinton, Fax: 001 202 261 8577 or 001 202 647 6040
Sit-in Venue: Opposite Iraqi Embassy, 9 Holland Villas Road, W14 9BP
Time: 10 AM to 2 AM, Daily (working days)