Stop Fundamentalism, 26 May, 2011 - Speaker for Iran’s National Security Commission in the country's Islamic Council which plays the role of a Parliament, proposed a plan Tuesday to sanction and indicted a number of American officials on the charges of violations of human rights and crimes against humanity, reported Mehr state-run news agency.
The High Representative of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Baroness Catherine Ashton, in a press briefing , yesterday 23 May, told reporters that one of the subjects discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council was "Camp Ashraf."
"Those of you who have seen the debates in the EP will also know how important the issue of Camp Ashraf is," said Ashton to reporters.
Europe’s Council of Foreign Ministers met in Brussels today to discuss, among other things, the deploring incidents at Camp Ashraf on 8 April this year that led to the tragic death of 34 unarmed residents of the camp and hundreds of injuries.
While the European Parliaments initiative provides for a long-term solution to the Crisis at Camp Ashraf, the European Union Council of Foreign Ministers should not overlook the immediate danger and the need for protection of the camp residents from further aggressions. A permanent European observing team at the location will undoubtedly prevent more losses of life.
In fact as a major player in today’s world affairs, the EU should take the center stage in insuring that the international humanitarian laws are respected in Iraq. This is especially important at the time when American forces are lowering their presence in that country thus the danger of such incidents would drastically multiply. Europe no longer can afford to stand aside in face of international events and crisis. Ashraf and its protection will be the chance for Europe to realize its role in the new global equation.
Under the rule of the Ayatollahs, Iran has seen one of the darkest periods of its history. But thanks to people like Saba Haftbaradaran, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The Daily Telegraph story of life and death of Saba Haftbaradaran, a resident of Camp Ashraf in Iraq who died during the April 8 massacre, was both tragic and shocking. Shooting at unarmed civilians is pure savagery. There is no justification for that no matter what the Iraqi government and military says or what the Iranian regime alleges the residents of the camp to be. Nouri al-Maliki will have to answer for committing crimes against humanity. He must be brought to justice in an international court.