{mosimage}"The Fourth Geneva Convention creates obligations for all governments, and this British government has a duty to urge both the UN and US to intervene in protecting Camp Ashraf" A majority of backbench MPs on 11 March 2010 called on the Government to take urgent measures at the United Nations for the world body to protect 3,400 Iranian opposition members based at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The cross-party MPs were backed in their call by more than 150 Peers. The announcement was made at a press conference in the House of Commons, where MPs and Peers spoke in defence of the PMOI opposition group in Camp Ashraf.
 

Transcript of speech by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass:
 

{mosimage}The manner in which our British government blatantly turns a 'blind eye' to the plight of almost 4,000 Iranian refugees in Camp Ashraf is truly dishonourable and I am hugely disappointed by the behaviour and of the attitude of my own government in relation to this issue.
 
The Ashraf residents, members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) who have fled the mullahs, have been effectively recognised as refugees in Iraq and under Iraqi law for the past two decades. Their effective acceptance as refugees in response to their persecution in Iran and continuing inability to return there conforms with Iraqi domestic law, the new Iraqi Constitution of 2005 and with the requirements of general international law.
 
Now, the UK and US forces have withdrawn, deeming them without – nay, even denying that they have - rights under the Fourth Geneva Convention. To be precise, the UK government stated (16 Dec Col WA247): "The government view is that, with the formal end of hostilities in Iraq and the transfer of responsibility for the camp to the Iraqi authorities, any claim to protected person status has ceased to apply. This is a view also shared by the US."
 
On the 9th of February I sought to ask a question in the House of Lords. Because my question was embarrassing to the department of Foreign Affairs, there was an orchestrated campaign to stop both myself and the noble lord, Lord Waddington asking the question. I was told that the Geneva Protocol did not and could not apply and I was told I was wrong and dishonest to say that there was a siege of food, of medicine and of fuel in terms of Camp Ashraf.
 
The attitude of the British government is shameful and as David Vaughan QC has rightly stated, it is legally wrong. The people of Camp Ashraf are protected under the Fourth Geneva Convention making it imperative that the UN guarantees the protection of these Iranians.
 
However, the Fourth Geneva Convention creates obligations for all governments, and this British government has a duty to urge both the UN and US to intervene in protecting Camp Ashraf.