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Ashraf Camp

Written declaration No. 430 | Doc. 12046 | 29 September 2009

Mr Mike HANCOCK, United Kingdom, ALDE ; Lord Donald ANDERSON, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Jorodd ASPHJELL, Norway ; Mr Viorel Riceard BADEA, Romania, EPP/CD ; Mr Walter BARTOŠ, Czech Republic ; Mr József BERÉNYI, Slovak Republic ; Mr Kurt BODEWIG, Germany ; Mr Július BROCKA, Slovak Republic ; Mr André BUGNON, Switzerland ; Ms Lise CHRISTOFFERSEN, Norway ; Ms Alma ČOLO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD ; Ms Anna ČURDOVÁ, Czech Republic ; Mr Joseph DEBONO GRECH, Malta, SOC ; Mr Karl DONABAUER, Austria, EPP/CD ; Ms Åse Gunhild Woie DUESUND, Norway ; Mr Tuur ELZINGA, Netherlands, UEL ; Ms Lydie ERR, Luxembourg, SOC ; Mr Joseph FALZON, Malta, EPP/CD ; Mr Renato FARINA, Italy, EPP/CD ; Ms Blanca FERNÁNDEZ-CAPEL BAÑOS, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Per-Kristian FOSS, Norway ; Baroness Anita GALE, United Kingdom ; Mr Aristophanes GEORGIOU, Cyprus ; Ms Gunn Karin GJUL, Norway ; Mr John GREENWAY, United Kingdom ; Mr Andreas GROSS, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Ana GUŢU, Republic of Moldova, ALDE ; Mr Norbert HAUPERT, Luxembourg, EPP/CD ; Mr Andres HERKEL, Estonia, EPP/CD ; Mr Bakir IZETBEGOVIĆ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD ; Mr Bjørn JACOBSEN, Norway ; Mr Mogens JENSEN, Denmark, SOC ; Mr Tomáš JIRSA, Czech Republic, EDG ; Ms Francine JOHN-CALAME, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Birkir Jón JÓNSSON, Iceland, ALDE ; Mr Antti KAIKKONEN, Finland, ALDE ; Mr Oskars KASTĒNS, Latvia, ALDE ; Baroness Jill KNIGHT OF COLLINGTREE, United Kingdom ; Ms Kateřina KONEČNÁ, Czech Republic ; Mr Tiny KOX, Netherlands, UEL ; Mr József KOZMA, Hungary ; Mr Pavol KUBOVIČ, Slovak Republic, EPP/CD ; Mr René van der LINDEN, Netherlands ; Ms Yuliya L'OVOCHKINA, Ukraine ; Mr Humfrey MALINS, United Kingdom ; Mr Bernard MARQUET, Monaco, ALDE ; Mr Dick MARTY, Switzerland, ALDE ; Sir Alan MEALE, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Miloš MELČÁK, Czech Republic ; Ms Maria Manuela de MELO, Portugal, SOC ; Ms Assunta MELONI, San Marino, ALDE ; Mr Philippe MONFILS, Belgium ; Ms Oľga NACHTMANNOVÁ, Slovak Republic ; Mr Mark OATEN, United Kingdom ; Mr Edward O'HARA, United Kingdom ; Ms Steinunn Valdís ÓSKARSDÓTTIR, Iceland ; Ms Zaruhi POSTANJYAN, Armenia ; Mr Jørgen POULSEN, Denmark, ALDE ; Mr Christos POURGOURIDES, Cyprus, EPP/CD ; Ms Mailis REPS, Estonia, ALDE ; Mr François ROCHEBLOINE, France, EPP/CD ; Mr Paul ROWEN, United Kingdom, ALDE ; Mr Giacinto RUSSO, Italy, ALDE ; Mr Indrek SAAR, Estonia, SOC ; Mr Džavid ŠABOVIĆ, Montenegro, SOC ; Mr Ladislav SKOPAL, Czech Republic ; Mr Zoltán SZABÓ, Hungary ; Ms Tuulikki UKKOLA, Finland, EPP/CD ; Mr Øyvind VAKSDAL, Norway ; Mr Rudi VIS, United Kingdom ; Mr Michał WOJTCZAK, Poland, EPP/CD ; Ms Karin S. WOLDSETH, Norway

The Iraqi forces’ deadly attack on Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 members of the Iranian opposition, left 11 dead, 500 wounded and 36 residents abducted. The Iranian regime is trying to destroy the Camp and its residents through the Iraqi Government. Iraq’s refusal to release the 36 abductees in defiance of two Iraqi court verdicts and the presence of the Iraqi forces in Ashraf are causing grave concern.

The European Parliament’s April 24, 2009 resolution stresses that Ashraf residents are protected by the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Iraqi Government must refrain from expelling or forcefully displacing them within Iraq. It also calls on Iraq to end the siege on the Camp.

We urge the U.S. forces in Iraq to guarantee the rights of Ashraf residents and protect them against violence and mistreatment. As a positive step in guaranteeing their security, we call for the establishment of a U.N. monitoring team in Ashraf. We also call on Iraq to facilitate deployment of the team.

We share the concern of Ashraf residents’ families who are on hunger strike in Europe and North America and assure them that we will pursue seriously the case of Ashraf, particularly the 36 abductees.