Human Rights and Democracy 2013-14

Iraq

Iraq is one of 28 Countries of Concern included in the latest annual FCO Human Rights Report. Updates are published on the GOV.UK website every three months to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken. You can read the latest updates on Iraq here.

Comments on the Iraq Quarterly updates can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

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6 comments on “Iraq

  1. Jennifer Carter says:

    What is the source of evidence for the abuse of the human rights of the residents of Camp Liberty by their own leaders? The only place where I have read this allegation is on the Iranian regime’s anti PMOI/MEK web-site, ‘iran inter-link’, not in any reports by the UN monitors? Is the foreign office also aware that the Iraqi government is making life almost intolerable for the residents of the camp, by severely restricting the entry of food, water, medical supplies etc to the camp. Why does the report not mention the massacre of 52 people in Camp Ashraf on September 1st and the fact that 7 hostages from Ashraf are still being held if they haven’t already been executed, in Iraq? Neither of these atrocites have been investigated properly although there is clear evidence that Iraqi forces were involved.

    1. Jennifer Carter says:

      I would like to correct a statement I made in my previous comment. I have seen a report accusing PMOI leaders of human rights abuses against their members but this was by the discredited former UN representative in Iraq, Martin Kobler who was forced to leave this position when the unreliability of his reports was revealed.

      1. FCO Human Rights says:

        We have set out our concerns about the 1 September attack on Camp Ashraf in the report. Regrettably, it is important to recognise, as set out elsewhere in the report, that recent attacks on Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty come amid the worst levels of violence in Iraq for a number of years; much of which is directed, on a daily basis, at civilians. We rely on the UN, who monitor the situation on a daily basis, for information about the situation at Camp Liberty. They continue to assert that facilities at the camp meet international humanitarian standards. We would add that a number of allegations are made about the treatment of residents, or conditions within the camp. However, it is very difficult to find credible information that supports these allegations, most of which are from organisations closely linked to the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), the group living at the camp. Our view of the PMOI is that it has little or no support within Iran and is not considered a credible opposition group. Iranians remain mindful of the PMOI’s history as an organisation responsible for a number of serious terrorist attacks, which led to the deaths of many Iranian civilians. They also fought for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war.

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  3. J.McIntyre says:

    Dear Sir ,
    recently western governments have restricted Russian bank accounts in an effort to gain some control over what seems to resemble a neo imperialist push throughout Europe .
    ISIL has control over Northern Iraq,s oil fields returning approximately $ 800 million to fund their terrorist activities . My sincere hope is that the U.K will take a major world role for peace and pull the plug on the way this murderous organisation funds its activities . “” Follow the Money “”

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      We, and our international partners, estimate that a significant portion of ISIL’s revenue comes from its sale of oil; extortion is its other main source of funds. We assess that current oil production in ISIL held areas is likely a fraction of pre-conflict levels. Oil is used by ISIL, sold in areas under its control, and smuggled across borders. We do not have any evidence to suggest that oil from ISIL-controlled areas is reaching the UK

      Degrading ISIL’s finances is a key part of our strategy for defeating ISIL, and tackling the threat it poses to the UK and UK interests abroad. We are working closely with coalition partners both to better understand the nature of ISIL’s finances and to disrupt them. It is vital that the international community work together to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 2170, which requires members to cut off ISIL’s sources of finance.