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Camp Liberty attacked

15 February 2013

A DEADLY attack on Camp Liberty, the home of 3000 Iranian exiles in Iraq, was condemned as a "despicable act of violence" by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, on Saturday.

Mr Guterres condemned the mortar attack, which reportedly killed six and wounded dozens, and called on the Iraqi government to guarantee the security of the camp's residents and bring the perpetrators to justice. He emphasised that the residents were asylum-seekers and entitled to international protection.

The residents of Camp Liberty - members of the People's Mujahedin Organisation of Iran, which opposes the Iranian government - were relocated from Camp Ashraf, their home for 26 years, last year ( News, 24 February). On Saturday, the National Council of Resistance in Iran called on the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to return the residents to Ashraf immediately. It has warned that Camp Liberty is vulnerable to attack. Demonstrators protested outside the US embassy on London on Saturday to call on the US government to aid the transfer.

Lord Carlile, on behalf of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, called on the UK Government to bring the matter to the UN Security Council: "It is time for weakness to cease in the diplomatic approach to Camp Liberty."

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