NCRI - The US and European Union must suspend to Iraq in the wake of the Camp Ashraf massacre and capture of seven Iranian dissident hostages it is now holding in a prison near Baghdad, former American Congressman Patrick Kennedy has urged.

Iraq must also immediately release the seven captives and not yield to Iranian demands to extradict them to the regime where they face torture and summary execution, Mr Kennedy told a conference in Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Monday.

The nephew of former president John F Kennedy blamed his government for failing to keep its promise to protect the residents of Camp Ashraf, where 52 members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) were murdered on September 1.

And he accused Iran - which ordered Iraq to carry out the bloodbath - of a 'blatant disregard of human rights in Iran and by Iran throughout the world'.

He said: "We have a moral responsibility to these people who were disarmed by the allies and have no way of defending themselves. We have a legal obligation because under Fourth Geneva Convention we put our words behind their protection.

"And we have a national security imperative because they represent the best hope of a future Iran that will not pursue these draconian policies of exporting terrorism and creating nuclear weapons."

"We must first stand with you Madam Maryam Rajavi by ensuring the safe release of those seven hostages. We don’t need any more case law or evidence to know that Iraq is lying about whether it is holding these hostages. We know Iraq is holding these seven hostages.