Law Society condemns Iraqi military attack

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The Law Society's human rights committee has condemned an attack by the Iraqi military on Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf in Iraq, during which 34 civilians died and 300 were wounded.

Film footage of the 8 April attack shows Iraqi security forces opening fire on unarmed refugees and shelling residential areas.

Of the 300 wounded, it is claimed that more than 170 sustained gunshot wounds.

Human rights committee chairman Tony Fisher (pictured) said: ‘We call on Iraqi security forces immediately to cease all violence against the residents of Camp Ashraf and immediately to withdraw from the camp.

'Furthermore, the relevant UN bodies, lawyers and the press must be given immediate access to the residents.’

Camp Ashraf is the seat of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI), a group that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which sided with Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

The camp is home to around 3,400 refugees.

The PMOI renounced violence in 2001.

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