The majority of Senate members have signed a joint statement which also demands that imperilled Camp Liberty residents are returned to Ashraf before more lives are lost.

The Senate members said: “We condemn the systematic violation of human rights in Iran and are strongly disturbed by the regime’s secret nuclear programme and its terrorist involvements in the region and the world.

“The Iranian people and the international community desire democratic change in Iran in 2013. We strongly support the 10-point plan proposed by Mrs Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and urge our government to do so.


“We call on our government and the UN Secretary General to refer Iran’s human right dossier to the Security Council and call for prosecution of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Iran.”

They also expressed their ‘deep concern’ for Iranian refugees at Camp Liberty in the wake of the February 9 rocket attack which left eight dead and more than 100 injured.

They added: “The most urgent issue is the security of the residents in Camp Liberty who could face similar tragedies at any moment.

“We urge the UNHCR to immediately return them to Camp Ashraf, their home of 26 years, which is much more secure against such attacks, being 80 times larger than Liberty prison, from where they can be transferred to third countries.”