Thousands of Iraqi sheikhs and dignitaries call for release of 7 Ashrafi hostages and security for Liberty residents
INTV, 9 Nov 2013 – 3,212 tribal sheikhs, 1,427 jurists, 1,071 physicians and medical staffs, 523 engineers, 415 university professors and college staffs, 43 clerics and mosque speakers and 58 writers from across signed a call for the release of the seven Ashrafi hostages and security provided for Camp Liberty residents.
This statement reads in part:
“The abduction of seven Ashraf residents is a shame. We call on the United States government, which is responsible for protecting these residents, to impel Maliki to release the hostages and guarantee security for Liberty.
“The United Nations Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights must conduct an independent investigation and bring to court the perpetrators of this crime.
“It has been over two months since the unprecedented crime by Maliki’s forces against Ashraf residents and the mass execution of 52 of them, along with abducting 7, including 6 women.
“Despite the global outrage regarding this vicious massacre, Maliki continues to try to portray himself as not having any responsibility in this regard.
“In a widespread campaign launched by the Iraqi Jurists Association, 6,756 Iraqi tribal sheikhs, jurists, experts, university professors and intellectuals signed this statement announcing:
“In our opinion, Nouri Maliki is lying to the US government regarding the Ashraf massacre and hostage taking, and also on democracy in Iraq. Right now, these lies are crystal clear for everyone.
“Therefore, we condemn this massacre of Ashraf residents and call on the US government and UN to take urgent action to investigate on the following:
- Impel Maliki’s government to release the hostages as soon as possible.
- Station a UN monitoring team and a UN blue helmet unit 24/7 at Camp Liberty.
- The UN Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights must conduct an independent probe into the September 1 crime in Ashraf, and bring the perpetrators to justice.