Aschraf : intervention du MRAP au Conseil des droits de l'Homme de l'ONU
Intervention de Gianfranco Fattorini, représentant du MRAP au Conseil des Droits de l'Homme à l'ONU.
Human Rights Council
Item 2 - Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Update by the High Commissioner
MRAP thanks Madam High Commissioner for highlighting in her oral update the continued social exclusion and segregation of Roma in many European States. In France, while the official discourse at the highest level of the State has changed, we observe continuity in the policy towards Roma. In the perspective of the municipal elections in March 2014, provocative and heinous speeches by prominent politicians are becoming common in public meetings.
MRAP thanks Madam High Commissioner also for raising the issue of the right to food, the most and widely violated fundamental human right. Victims of those violations are rarely on the front page of the media even if millions of people die every year as a consequence of the poor access to food. We would like to see the protection of the right to food higher in the priorities of the Office and hope that OHCHR would play a major role in the future in order to move from the concept of “food security” to the one of “food sovereignty”.
Lastly, we thank Madam High-Commissioner for mentioning the summary executions occurred in Camp Ashraf on September 1st, when 52 persons out of the 100 present in the Camp were shot dead with a bullet in the head. Since the USA handed power over the Iraqi administration in January 2009, this is the fourth time the Iraqi authorities are implicated in massacres of Iranian asylum-seekers considered as “protected persons” under international law.
In calling upon the Iraqi authorities to investigate into the September 1st massacre, the UN as a whole is falling short on its mission and is writing some dark pages of its outstanding history. An international fact-finding mission should be immediately mandated to investigate into the four massacres occurred in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty and the whereabouts of 7 residents of Camp Ashraf who may be turned over to the Iranian authorities in the next few days through Alemarah border in south of Iraq. The responsible of those massacres should be brought to justice for the crimes against humanity committed. Both Camps have to be administrated by the UNHCR and protected by the blue helmets.
I thank you for your attention.
10th September 2013