By Terence Bunch Published 2009-09-04 00:00:00 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.