Iranian-American Community of Northern California Joins DC Rally Demanding Continued Protection of Iranian Refugees in Iraq

Sep 03, 2008, 01:00 ET from Iranian-American Community of Northern California

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some 3500 members and
 affiliates of Iran's largest democratic movement, the People's Mojahedin
 Organization of Iran (PMOI) are currently residing in a camp in Iraq, named
 Ashraf. This group of refugees, many of whom have been in Iraq since 1986,
 voluntarily surrendered its weapons to U.S. forces in 2003. Since the
 residents of Ashraf remained neutral during the invasion of Iraq and were
 not involved in hostilities that followed, all of them have been designated
 as "Protected Persons" under the "Fourth Geneva Convention."
     Now, as the UN Mandate covering the Multi-National Forces' occupation
 of Iraq is nearing its end; U.S. and Iraqi officials are trying to get new
 agreements in place to formalize the status of military forces that will
 stay in Iraq past the 2008 deadline.
     In the last few weeks, there have been scores of media reports, in
 Persian and Arabic, in which Iranian sources have claimed that "an
 agreement has been reached where camp Ashraf's protection is going to be
 transferred to the Iraqi government," and that "they will then be expelled
 from Iraq."
     If this transfer of protection happens, it would pave the way for
 Tehran to massacre the dissidents in Ashraf. The Ayatollahs in Tehran have
 no fear or shame in undertaking the mass execution of political opponents.
 These weeks mark the anniversary of Iran's 1988 "Prison Massacre," when
 over the span of a few months, according to Amnesty International, "between
 4,500 and 5,000 prisoners are believed to have been killed, including
     As part of the nationwide network of Iranian American Communities, we
 are joining our colleagues from all over the United States on Monday
 September 8, 2008, in front of The White House (in Lafayette Park, at 11
 AM), to demand the continued protection of unarmed camp Ashraf residents in
     We also stand in solidarity with our fellow Iranians in exile, who have
 since August 25, 2008 staged an open ended sit-in in front of UN's European
 Headquarters in Geneva, asking the International Committee of Red Cress
 (ICRC) to intervene to prevent the transfer of 3,500 Iranian dissidents,
 threatened with expulsion.
     Contact: Iranian-American Community of Northern California
     Phone: (925)361-8279

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