Monday, 11 June 2012 03:00

SRSG Martin Kobler Concerned by Delay in Relocation of Camp Ashraf Residents

Baghdad, 11 June 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, expressed his concern today about the delay in the relocation of the residents of Camp New Iraq (Ashraf) to Camp Hurriya. The relocation to Camp Hurriya has been stalled since the arrival of the fifth group of residents on 5 May. عربي  كوردی


“I urge the remaining residents of Camp Ashraf to relocate to Camp Hurriya without delay,” SRSG Kobler said. “The relocation process should not be stalled. I am concerned that there will be violence if the relocation doesn’t recommence. Any violence would be unacceptable. I call on the Government of Iraq to avoid any forceful relocation. Each relocation must be voluntary. The United Nations supports only a peaceful, humanitarian solution and stands ready to facilitate.”

“I also urgently call on States to include residents who are eligible for refugee status in their resettlement quotas and to offer them a path to a more hopeful future outside Iraq,” he added.

The relocation process has come a long way since February 2012. Two thirds of the residents have already moved to Camp Hurriya, a temporary transit location near Baghdad prior to resettlement in third countries. Among them are hundreds of persons with special needs, suffering from disabilities and serious medical conditions.

At Camp Hurriya, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has a dedicated team busy determining the residents’ eligibility for refugee status, thus paving the way for a long-term solution: their resettlement outside Iraq. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) monitors the human rights and humanitarian situation during the relocation process and provides round-the-clock human rights monitoring at Camp Hurriya.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding of 25 December 2011, the Government of Iraq is responsible for the safety and security of the residents during their relocation and for the duration of their stay at Camp Hurriya.

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