A symbol of hope for the youth of Iran, Camp Liberty hosted approximately 3,000 Iranian political refugees. Over the 14 years in the Camps, the residents suffered 5 missile attacks, and an inhumane siege, all of which left 141 dead, and over 1000 wounded.
The last 280 members of the exiled Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MeK) left Camp Liberty safely, for relocation in Europe, on Friday September 9.
The resettlement of the resident of the camp have been received with joy by dignitaries, US congressional leaders, UN secretary general, and lawmakers of European countries, who have congratulated Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the president elect of Iranian resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), for the safe relocation of the residents.
Remarks by some of those dignitaries follow:
US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said: “I continue to stand with the people of Iran and the Iranian-American community who yearn for a free Iran. The safe resettlement of these Iranian dissidents is a vital step in countering the Iranian regime’s malign influence in the region.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen wrote in her tweet, “Glad to hear the good news that all MEK residents from Camp Liberty have been transferred safely to out of Iraq and away from Iranian threats.”
Alejo Vidal-Quadras former VP of the European Parliament and president of International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) said: “This is a major defeat for the mullahs and the final failure of its repeated criminal attempts to massacre all the residents in Camp Liberty. It is also a historic victory for the Iranian resistance and the Iranian people and all supporters of democracy and freedom in Iran.”
The relocation was also welcomed by 28 top former US officials, which included Ambassador John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Lincoln P Bloomfield, Jr. Frances Townsend, Joseph Lieberman, Tom Ridge, Howard Dean, Marc Ginsberg and Rudy Giuliani.
The spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also issued a statement thanking member states and international organizations for “the successful resolution of this humanitarian issue.”
Struan Stevenson former member of the European Parliament and President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) in his statement said: “The victorious transfer of the residents and the regime’s ultimate major defeat in this regard, opens a new chapter for the Iranian people and it’s Resistance. Now that the main organized democratic opposition is safely out of Iraq, we need to focus on the human rights situation, the end of executions and a democratic change; a free Iran”.