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    Posted December 1, 2013 by
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    British bishops criticize UK government for failure to press Iraq over Iranian dissident killing abductions

    NCRI - The British Government has failed to put enough pressure on the Iraqi Prime Minister to answer the charge that Iraqi military forces are responsible for the deaths of 52 people at Camp Ashraf in September, the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard has said this week.
    In a letter sent to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, on Monday, the Bishop, writing on behalf of a 'considerable number of bishops', expresses 'deep concern' about the response to the massacre and disappearance of seven former residents of the camp.
    'The UK Government shares responsibility under the Geneva Convention for ensuring that Iranian dissidents are properly protected,' he writes, according to Church Times.
    Also recently, British MPs in an early day motion supported by 72 lawmakers has also called for a full inquiry into the slaughter of the victims who were all protected person under the Geneva Convention.
    The full motion presented to the British parliament states: 'That this House is aware of the tragic events that took place in Camp Ashraf in the early morning of 1 September 2013, when an armed raid led by Iraqi forces who needlessly slaughtered at least 52 persons and kidnapped a number of other people who remain hostages; condemns unreservedly the actions which led to these deaths, with many of the deceased appearing to have died of gunshot wounds, the majority of which were to the head and upper body and several with their hands tied; reminds the Iraqi government of its human rights responsibilities and that those killed and taken were protected persons under the terms of the Geneva Convention; and demands the safe release of those held and an immediate and full inquiry into these actions.'
    Despite an extensive demand by the international community for an impartial inquiry, the United Nations refrains from any action. This unquestionably encourages the Iraqi government and the Iranian regime to continue and repeat their atrocities.


    Warning to US&UN: Iran Quds Force in Baghdad to eliminate Camp Ashraf hostages

    NCRI - In several statements since November 13, Iranian Resistance has exposed entry of six agents of the Iranian regime's terrorist Qods Force into Iraq in an attempt to cover up the crime against humanity in Camp Ashraf and in relation to the fate of the seven hostages.

    Meanwhile, according to reports received from inside the clerical regime and its Supreme Security Council, in a deal with Nouri al-Maliki,the mullahs’ regime is waiting for a suitable opportunity so that Government of Iraq is able to handover the hostages to it or alternatively to kill them in Iraq or break them under torture.

    At the end of the eleventh week of abduction of the hostages and hunger strikes by residents of Camp Liberty and Iranians in various countries, meetings and talks between henchmen of the terrorist Qods Force and senior officials of the Iraqi government on the fate of CAmp Ashraf hostages has raised extensive concern about conspiracies by the Iranian regime and Maliki’s government to extradite the hostages or alternatively to finish them off.

    Astonishing statements by a U.S. “Senior Administration Official” in a briefing via teleconference on October 30, and statements by representative of the State Department in the November 13 hearing of the congressional Subcommittee on Middle East in favor of Maliki and his amazing essay from beginning to end of the hearing to portray Maliki as uninformed and not culpable in this great crime against humanity, work to facilitate any future criminal act by Government of Iraq in the next steps. The official in the teleconference stressed: “We have no credible information to date that the Iraqi Government was in any way involved in the reprehensible attack at Camp Ashraf.” Similarly, representative of the State Department in the congressional hearing shockingly asserted that the seven hostages are not in Iraq!

    These statements are void of any truth whatsoever. Extensive presentable documents to any independent international probe, body, or court are readily available that unmistakably testify to the fact that the seven hostages continue to be on Iraqi soil and that they are under the control of special forces of the Prime Ministry and Maliki’s son.

    Iranian Resistance has continuously shared details on this matter with the U.S., but for unknown reasons the State Department refrains from conducting a probe into this crime or even to officially ask for an independent, impartial and transparent inquiry by United Nations.

    Clearly, if the hostages are to be extradited to the Iranian regime or killed in Iraq, most burden of responsibility squarely rests on the U.S. government that had repeatedly guaranteed their safety and security.

    At the beginning of the 12th week of hunger strike in Camp Liberty and various countries around the globe, given extraordinary apprehension of the families and the Iranian community, Iranian Resistance calls on President Obama for intervention and urgent action to secure the release of the hostages. Taking seven “protected persons” hostage for 78 days is a blatant case of crime against humanity.

    Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
    November 17, 2013


    National Chairman of Cross Link, a network of churches around Australia, Pastor Brian Medway, along with his daughter, has joined the Melbourne hunger strikers in their protest to release the seven Camp Ashraf hostages from the Iraqi forces. After becoming involved with the Iranian resistance in Aus

    National Chairman of Cross Link, a network of churches around Australia, Pastor Brian Medway, along with his daughter, has joined the Melbourne hunger strikers in their protest to release the seven Camp Ashraf hostages from the Iraqi forces.
    After becoming involved with the Iranian resistance in Australia in 1992 during a protest Pastor Medway’s church became involved and provided accommodations to some Iranian dissidents.
    The Pastor immediately felt a strong bond with the Iranian people and identified deeply with their cause and their efforts. In the past four years, Pastor Medway has been involved in and supportive of the cause in any way possible and has now been on hunger strike for more than 25 days – committed to showing his support and encouragement to those in Camp Liberty and to the hostages.
    The following is an Iran News Update (INU) interview with Pastor Medway detailing his efforts, his inspiration to help create democracy in Iran and the hunger strikes in Melbourne.
    INU: What are you asking of the churches and the congregations in Melbourne and Australia to help in this situation?
    Pastor Medway: I am the National Chairman of a network of churches called Cross Link and over the years I have been involved in various leadership groups across Australia connecting with leaders of other denominations. So, quite frankly, I have had the opportunity to connect with people across the board. When I tell them about my experiences with NCRI and Madam Rajavi and about the circumstances for the people in what was formerly Camp Ashraf and now in Camp Liberty, I always encourage them to understand what is going on, to see for themselves, to see the facts.
    The thing about this whole campaign, this whole cause, is that it really sells itself. When you see the facts, when you see what is happening and when you see the integrity and the passion of the people who are wanting to see change in Iran – it sells itself. I always tell people about this, and sometimes they are a bit curious about why I would be involved in this way – but when they hear the story and read about it for themselves, they very often feel the same way as me.

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