Capitol Hill Briefing – Humanitarian Crisis at Camps Liberty & Ashraf, Iraq – July 18, 2013


Capitol Hill Briefing

(Members and Staff Only)
Admission by RSVP only

Foreign Affairs and National Security Briefing

Humanitarian Crisis at Camps Liberty & Ashraf, Iraq: The United Nations, International Law, and the United States

You are cordially invited to attend this briefing, organized by the network of Iranian American communities across the United States, to discuss the most recent developments at Camp Liberty, a petition made to the United Nations to address the situation, the failures of the United Nations to date, and what international law requires to be done. Panelists will include:

• Jared Genser, International Counsel to the Residents of Camps Liberty & Ashraf, Iraq
Tahar Boumedra, Former UN Human Rights Section Chief, Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq (2009-2012)

DATE: Thursday, July 18, 2013
TIME: 11:30 am-1:00 pm
LOCATION: Room 2226 (Capitol Hill, Rayburn Bldg.)

Please RSVP to:

–Lunch will be served–

Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC)
A network of Iranian – American Communities of: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Tahar Boumedra was Chief of the Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Camp Ashraf affairs from 2009 until May 2012. He was the Regional Director of Penal Reform International (PRI) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), based in Amman, Jordan. He was working with MENA governments to introduce human rights based reform in the penal and prison systems in the region. In November 2008, he was offered the position of Chief of UNAMI Human Rights Office who also represents the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Righters (HCHR) in Iraq. He recently published a book, “The Untold Story of Camp Ashraf.” (

Jared Genser is the author of the Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time (Oxford University Press 2011)Co-Edited by Jared Genser and Irwin Cotler, Introduction by Václav Havel and Desmond Tutu

“The Responsibility to Protect makes an important contribution to the growing scholarship about this new and evolving doctrine . . . the case studies in the book illustrate the painful reality of the large gap between the world’s stated commitment to halting mass atrocities and its ongoing practice. Ultimately, it recommends a series of practical steps that should be taken by the international community to bring its promises to fruition.” – The Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire, Senator (Canada) and Lt. General (Ret.)

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