Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Candles are arranged to represent forty five years since the Camp was established in front of images of the Camp Commanders, all women and behind them, the images of the founders of the dissident pro-democracy group. Camp Ashraf is a Meritocracy led by women and founded on liberal principles of fairness and justice, entirely at odds with the male oriented Mollah regime of Iran. US Embassy, London. 5th September 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Camp Ashraf Solidarity Hunger Strike. US Embassy, London. 5th September 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-09-05 00:00:00

On day 40 of the international hunger strikes taking place around the world in sympathy with the hunger strikers in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, London hunger strikers hold a solidarity vigil for those still arbitrarily detained in custody by Iraqi security forces.

The event is attended by around 100 supporters including humanitarians, Amnesty International representatives and religious observers.

Neither the US or the UK have acted to ensure the freedom of the detainees seized during the attacks on Camp Ashraf and there remains a media blackout of the attack by US and UK media.

Camp Ashraf residents remain in peril with around 3,500 people now subject to the mercy of internal political wrangling taking place between Iraq and an newly ascendent Iran which now appears to have control over the internal domestic judicial processes within Iraq.

US Embassy, London. 5th September 2009.

A single flame burns next to the images of those seized from Camp Ashraf by Iraqi security forces in July this year.

A single flame burns next to the images of those seized from Camp Ashraf by Iraqi security forces in July this year.

An image of Shaaban Souri, a middle aged intellectual who was wounded during the raid and who later died of his injuries on August 13th.

An image of Shaaban Souri, a middle aged intellectual who was wounded during the raid and who later died of his injuries on August 13th.

Empty beds inside the tent housing the hunger strikers. Since the hunger strikes started, many have become ill and have been taking to hospital, where they remain.

Empty beds inside the tent housing the hunger strikers. Since the hunger strikes started, many have become ill and have been taking to hospital, where they remain.

Two men examine a leaflet demanding action to help those inside Camp Ashraf who exist away from the glare of international publicity.

Two men examine a leaflet demanding action to help those inside Camp Ashraf who exist away from the glare of international publicity.

The hunger strikers assemble to hear speeches from well-wishers and supporters during a vigil for those inside Camp Ashraf.

The hunger strikers assemble to hear speeches from well-wishers and supporters during a vigil for those inside Camp Ashraf.

A hunger striker looks at a large board during the vigil. The board is posted with the images of those who have been detained, injured or killed during the attacks by Iraqi security forces on the residents of Camp Ashraf.

A hunger striker looks at a large board during the vigil. The board is posted with the images of those who have been detained, injured or killed during the attacks by Iraqi security forces on the residents of Camp Ashraf.

Two women hunger strikers give testimony to the assembled crowd recounting their own experiences at the hands of the Iranian regime. A frequent theme throughout is that of political dissidents who are thrown into Iranian jails, and who do not survive the experience.

Two women hunger strikers give testimony to the assembled crowd recounting their own experiences at the hands of the Iranian regime. A frequent theme throughout is that of political dissidents who are thrown into Iranian jails, and who do not survive the experience.

A framed image of the founder of the PMOI (Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran) Mohammad Hanif Nejad, sits in front of a TV screen televising the cultural influence his work has had on other muslims throughout the world, This work is now being undone by Iran and its proxy political merchants in Iraq under the watchful gaze of the United States.

A framed image of the founder of the PMOI (Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran) Mohammad Hanif Nejad, sits in front of a TV screen televising the cultural influence his work has had on other muslims throughout the world, This work is now being undone by Iran and its proxy political merchants in Iraq under the watchful gaze of the United States.