Subcommittee on International Human Rights (December 8, 2011)
Retired U.S. Army colonel Wesley Martin discussed the situation of Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The camp houses an estimated 3,400 Iranian dissidents who are members of the exiled Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (People’s Mujahedin of Iran). The United Nations has appealed the Iraqi government to delay its planned December 31 closing of the camp.
Colonel Martin has advocated for the relocation of the group to the United States. The U.S. State Department is re-examining MEK’s status as a terrorist organization.
UPDATE: On December 21, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced that the deadline for closing the camp had been extended to until the end of April 2012.