My dear compatriots,
It appears that certain Iraqi authorities, with the support of the Islamic Republic, have carried out an operation against Camp Ashraf and a confrontation between armed Iraqi forces and the camp’s residents has left several Iranians dead and many more injured.
At this time, we must remind the Iraqi authorities that no person may be denied his or her human rights because of his or her political or religious beliefs. More specifically, no refugee may be returned to his or her nation of origin if such return will place him or her at risk of being tortured or treated unjustly, illegally, or inhumanely, or if such return will place his or her fate in the hands of a court that is unacceptable under international legal standards.
In light of the Islamic Republic’s 30-year record of violating and trampling upon the principles of human rights, and especially in light of the regime’s barbaric and brutal behavior towards the innocent people of Iran during recent events, it is reasonable to suspect that the fate of any MKO members turned over to the Islamic Republic will not be any different than the fate of other opponents of the regime. In light of these realities and current circumstances, I hope and expect that the Government of Iraq will not permit the members of the MKO presently in Ashraf to be forcibly returned to the Islamic Republic.