Terence Bunch

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A male hunger striker has his blood pressure monitored. US Embassy, London. 4th September 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Camp Ashraf PMOI Hunger Strike, US Embassy. London. 4th September 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-09-04 00:00:00

On the 39th day of a hunger strike outside the US embassy in London, Iranian pro-democracy campaigners lobby Downing Street to pressure the Iraqi government to release 36 prisoners it has taken prisoner from Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad.

In July this year the camp was attacked by US trained and equipped Iraqi security forces prior to the taking of the prisoners. Scores were reported injured and over a dozen were killed during the operation.

The prisoners remain in Iraqi police custody despite Iraqi courts ordering their release.

The attack on the camp was undertaken by US trained Iraqi security forces driving US supplied military vehicles [video below] into the camp and mowing down the residents at random. A short while later, the same security forces attempted to gain access to the camp on foot by clubbing the residents, spraying boiling water and firing weapons at them.

Footage from Camp Ashraf in Iraq depicts clear evidence of human rights abuses committed against the residents of the camp by Iraqi army regulars. The attacks were carried out in July 2009 during an attempt to force the residents of Camp Ashraf into fleeing Iraq and returning to Iran.

US Embassy, London. 4th September 2009.

Photographs of the 36 men who were arrested, and remain in custody, are pinned to a board adjacent to the hunger strikers tent.

Photographs of the 36 men who were arrested, and remain in custody, are pinned to a board adjacent to the hunger strikers tent.

A male Iranian hunger striker sits in the tent in front of images taken during the attack on Camp Ashraf in July this year.

A male Iranian hunger striker sits in the tent in front of images taken during the attack on Camp Ashraf in July this year.

An US trained Iraqi security officer is filmed during the attack and is depicted alongside one of the camps young female victims.

An US trained Iraqi security officer is filmed during the attack and is depicted alongside one of the camps young female victims.

The same woman attends to her injuries.

The same woman attends to her injuries.

Outside the US embassy in London, an Iranian pro-democracy woman continues with her hunger strike.

Outside the US embassy in London, an Iranian pro-democracy woman continues with her hunger strike.

Fatemah Khezri continues on with her hunger strike.

Fatemah Khezri continues on with her hunger strike.

Outside the Foreign and Commonwealth office in Whitehall, other supporters gather to bring attention to the plight of the residents of Camp Ashraf.

Outside the Foreign and Commonwealth office in Whitehall, other supporters gather to bring attention to the plight of the residents of Camp Ashraf.

Three Iranian women stand outside 10 Downing Street just prior to giving in their representation to the British government.

Three Iranian women stand outside 10 Downing Street just prior to giving in their representation to the British government.