Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Yet for the past 30 years people of al-Waleed have been subject to cruelty, inhumane and extremely degrading treatment by those who decorate their walls with these meaningless sentences. People in al-Waleed are deprived of their right to be heard by the outside world, the humane world.
In this photo, women of al-Waleed are on strike, demanding to be treated as human beings. The targets are the cars that occasionally drive by. Banners read “In the name of humanity…,” “Rescue our children from ignorance…,” “Where is justice?” – a questions which, in a humane world, would have gotten an appropriate answer 30 years ago. In the world of UNHCR, it has taken 30 years NOT to answer to any questions and NOT to engage in any serious action to solve ANYTHING!
Read more about the situation of Iranian Kurdish refugees at al-Waleed camp, Iraq.
Take action for the refugees struggling for their right to survive, al-Waleed camp, Iraq:
Write, call and fax key decisionmakers and demand that the rights of the Iranian Kurds in al-Waleed Camp be upheld. A sample letter that you can modify and send appears below, along with the email addresses for the relevant decisionmakers.
To the Foreign Minister/Secretary of State,
I am writing to you with regard to the intolerable situation of the Iranian Kurd refugees in al-Waleed Camp, Iraq.
The people living in this camp have suffered an entire lifetime of displacement, violence, and rightslessness, having fled Iran in the 1980s, and having survived unspeakable circumstances in Iraq over the course of the past two decades
Their current situation – living in tents in a burning desert at the Iraq-Syria border, without access to education or work or even sufficient food, with complete lack of security – is at root due to the genocidal crimes of the Islamic Republic of Iran. UNHCR also bears its full share of responsibility for failing to uphold even the most basic of rights for the camp’s Iranian Kurd residents. And the United States and the coalition governments also must own their share of responsibility for their situation: theirs are among the millions of lives that have been shattered as a direct result of the most recent war of choice in Iraq.
I therefore urgently request that your government take the lead in upholding the fundamental rights of these refugees from Iran. These refugees have a fundamental human right to asylum and protection. I ask your government to coordinate the immediate resettlement of the Iranian Kurds from al-Waleed Camp in Iraq to a safe third country.
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This action is supported by The Committee to Support the People of al-Waleed Camp, comprised of the following organizations:
Mission Free Iran
Iranian Kurdish Refugees Coordination in al-Waleed Camp
Kurdistan Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran
International Federation of Iranian Refugees
World Without Borders