Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Campaign to release 36 people abducted from Ashraf

Three Court orders ignored!

Today, the higher court in Iraq ordered the release of the 36 Ashraf residents in detention.  This is the third order following previous verdicts on 17th of September, and 23rd of August, finding them NOT GUILTY.

Archbishop of Canterbury, Amnesty International, Members of Parliament, dignitaries and human rights organisations from across the world all have called for urgency to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and further loss of lives.

I would like to ask you to help us by adding your voice to ours 
Contact Iraqi embassy in London as well as the United Nations to urge them to respect the rule of law and do what it takes to release detained people.

Please take a couple of minutes to write a few lines and make a phone call to Iraqi embassy as you see this message.

Your effort will help to save lives.

Contact Details
Iraqi Embassy in London:
Phone:     +44 207 5909 220
Fax:         +44 207 5847 909
To write a message: Click here for Online message

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
3 Elvaston Place
London SW7 5QH

Please E-mail a copy of your letter to:
United Nations:
UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon;

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq
Mr. Ad Melkert; E-mails:,,,

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Ms. Navanethem Pillay; E-mails:

Sample Letter:

Iraqi Ambassador
London, United Kingdom

Attention of:
Mr. Nuri Al-Maliki
Prime Minister of Iraq
Baghdad, Iraq


Dear Mr. Al-Maliki,
I write to urge you the release of the 36 Ashraf residents detained in Iraq.

Three times the Iraqi court ruled to have them freed but Iraqi police in Diyala are refusing to release them.

Your government would bear great responsibility if anything happens to them.

They are 36 Iranian refugees who have been living in Camp Ashraf for the past 23 years. They were illegally beaten, shot and arrested at the end of July, and they were tortured in an Iraqi prison.

The 36 hostages at present are in such a critical condition that losing any of them would not be too long after 64 days of hunger strike.

We demand that you urgently order Iraqi police in Diyala to implement the al-Khalis court decision and release our relatives.

Sincerely Yours,

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