{mosimage}BPCIF: The blood of unarmed Iranian dissidents being killed and maimed by Iraqi police is on the hands of Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband, a Labour Peer said today.

The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom

PRESS RELEASE – 3 August 2009

{mosimage}The blood of unarmed Iranian dissidents being killed and maimed by Iraqi police is on the hands of Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband, a Labour Peer said today.
 
“His silence over the attacks on pro-democracy campaigners at Camp Ashraf, 50 miles northeast of Baghdad, is being used by Iran to continue their brutal assault,” said Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, chairman of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.
 
“It is shameful that neither the UK nor any other coalition partner has stepped in to halt this savage attack on defenceless refugees. We have a right to know whether this is why British soldiers fought and died in Iraq. It seems the legacy is thuggery rather than nascent democracy.”
 
Lord Corbett said Iraqi forces stormed Ashraf last week using chains, metal bars, knives and live ammunition. So far 13 residents have been killed and an estimated 500 wounded.
 
“Why has Mr Miliband said or done nothing?” asked Lord Corbett. “Here is a clear breach of humanitarian law against unarmed refugees and he looks the other way.
 
“I now demand in the name of a majority of Members of Parliament and more than 200 Peers that he urges Iraq to end the violence and admit the International Red Cross to Ashraf as well as human rights observers and lawyers.”
 
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Lord Corbett of Castle Vale

 

Note to editors:
The all-party British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, comprised of 120 MPs and Peers in the House of Lords, is chaired by Labour peer Lord Corbett of Castle Vale. It has the backing of a majority of MPs and over 200 Peers.

Its members include: former Home Secretary Rt. Hon. Lord Waddington QC, former Solicitor-General Rt. Hon. Lord Archer of Sandwell QC, Liberal Democrat Party deputy leader Lord Dholakia, Brian Binley MP, and Andrew Mackinlay MP of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee.