UN awaits investigation into killings of Iranian exiles in Iraqi camp

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Camp Hurriya

Three weeks after an attack on Camp Ashraf in northern Baghdad, the UN human rights office is reiterating its call to the Government of Iraq to launch a full investigation to establish the facts.

According to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, an attack on the camp on 1 September left 52 residents dead. The remaining 42 residents of Camp Ashraf have been relocated to Camp Hurriya, closer to the Iraqi capital.

The office is also gravely concerned about allegations that 7 former camp residents might have been kidnapped. Six of them are reported to be women.

Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the human rights office.

"Unconfirmed reports suggest they are being held at an unidentified location in Iraq and are at risk of being forcibly returned to Iran. We join the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and others in calling on the Government of Iraq to do all it can to ascertain the whereabouts of these seven people, to ensure their safety and prevent their involuntary return to Iran. If they have indeed been kidnapped, all efforts should be made to secure their release unharmed."

Meanwhile, recent waves of sectarian violence threaten to spark a new internal displacement of Iraqis fleeing the recent horrific bombings and other attacks.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says this recent displacement adds to the over 1.13 million internally displaced people who fled the 2006-2008 sectarian violence.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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