HUNDREDS of people attended
a rally in Trafalgar Square on Sunday to draw attention to seven
former residents of Camp Ashraf, in Iraq, who have been missing
since an attack on 1 September which left at least 52 dead (News,
The National Council of
Resistance of Iran (NCRI) says that the seven have been taken
hostage by the Iraqi government. The Iraqi government denies this.
The seven are on a dry hunger strike, the NCRI says. It reports
that protesters around the world, including those camped outside
the US Embassy in London, have also been on a hunger strike since
the September attack.
Those at the rally in London
called for the governments of the UK and the US to demand publicly
the release of the seven, and for the UN to station peacekeeping
troops at Camp Liberty, the new home of the former residents of
On 12 September, Alistair
Burt, the Foreign Office Minister, welcomed the "successful and
peaceful transfer" to Camp Liberty, although he was "concerned by
reports that a number of residents remain missing following the
On 24 September, Rupert
Colville, a spokesman for the UN's human-rights office, said that
he was "gravely concerned about allegations" of kidnapping.
More than 3000 residents, many supporters of People's Mujahedin
Organisation of Iran, now live at Camp Liberty. The UN High
Commissioner for Refugees is carrying out a process to determine
their refugee status, and resettle them outside the country.