Amnesty International – Urgent Action
Six Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, have been detained since they were arrested at the camp on 8 April and not permitted contact with their families or lawyers. They were beaten and injured. Amnesty International fears for their safety.
Bahman Toloo, Mehdi Ghafouri, Hamid Makki, Hossein Eyni, Babak Karimi, and Asghar Mehdizadeh were detained when Iraqi security forces sought to take greater control of Camp Ashraf, home to some 3,400 Iranian refugees and exiles long resident in Iraq, on 8 April using excessive and lethal force against residents. All six sustained injuries, including from beatings, and were briefly taken to Baquba hospital for treatment before being moved first to prison and then to police custody in al-Khalis, near Baquba. They are not allowed access to their relatives or lawyers and no charges are known to have been brought against them. Lawyers who have previously represented Camp Ashraf residents are said to have received threats from the Iraqi authorities. The six are believed to have gone on hunger strike to protest against their arrest and ill-treatment and there is increasing concern for their health.