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I ask his opinion about MKO’s claim that the witnesses in HRW report are the agents of Islamic Republic. Joe Stork said: “Mojahedin-e Khalq has a long record on this and tries to defame the people who criticize it. They try to say that HRW is the agent of Iranian security service; this only shows the depth of the deadlock they’re entangled in.
MKO’s Lawyer denies HRW’s report on torture in MKO’s camps in Iraq. In response to the report of Human Rights Watch (HRW) on torture in MKO camps in Iraq, Steven Schneebaum (MKO’s lawyer) said in a press conference in Washington that the evidences presented in the report are unilateral, adding that the witnesses were the agents of Islamic republic. But Elizabeth Rubin, NY Times correspondent who spent a few days in Camp Ashraf in 2003, said to Radio Farda that “Ashraf Camp was run like a cult and its residents repeated words like a tape. Joe Stork, director of HRW’s Middle East and North Africa division, says: “Mojahedin have not been able to bring even one fact to challenge the conclusions of our report.” Massoud Malek (Radio Farda): 35 former members and officials of Mojahedin-e Khalq released an announcement on Saturday, calling for the trial of the organization for its crimes against humanity in an international court. In this announcement, HRW has been criticized for including only a small part of human rights violations by MKO and for using the testimonies of a small number of former members. Meanwhile, MKO condemned the HRW in a press conference in Washington for what it called “the publication of baseless report”. In this conference joined by the lawyer of citizens of Ashraf and their families and advisers of the group, Steven Schneebaum who’s representing Mojahedin and their families, said that evidences in the HRW’s report are unilateral. He also called the witnesses in the report as the agents of Islamic republic of Iran. Referring to his visit to Ashraf last year, Mr. Schneebaum described the situation of living there as desirable. But Steven Schneebaum is not the first person who visits Camp Ashraf and its citizens closely. Elizabeth Rubin, NYTimes correspondent, spent a few days in 2003 in Camp Ashraf. Ms. Rubin told Radio Farda says: “they ate good food, they had gardens; most of the time they were busy with military and political training and it was a self-contained camp. But I never had the chance to be alone with someone; all the time someone was watching the visitors.” Ms. Rubin adds: “they all speak with the same tone. When you see 15 people, aged between 20 to 35, speaking as if a tape is being repeated, you think that is it really their own work?..” Rubin says that everyone who has seen the camp will say that this camp belongs to a cult. “They don’t know what’s happening in the world. The only information given to them is the information passed through the Rajavis.” Joe Stork, Director of HRW’s Middle East and North Africa division, says to Radio Farda: “Our point of view has been included in the report and we stand for it. Mojahedin have not been able to bring even one fact to challenge the conclusions of our report. They couldn’t prove even a fact against it. If they have said something new, please tell me.” I told Mr. Stork that Mojahedin-e Khalq claims that HRW has never visited Camp Ashraf and even has not answered the invitation of this organization for visiting the camp. “Talks on going to Iraq took place 10 years ago, when Iraq was under the full control of Saddam’s regime, and the only way to reach MKO’s camp was to go through Iraq under the supervision of Iraqi government and at that time we didn’t accept to go. If we can visit the came, we welcome it,” Stork answers. I ask his opinion about MKO’s claim that the witnesses in HRW report are the agents of Islamic Republic. Joe Stork said: “Mojahedin-e Khalq has a long record on this and tries to defame the people who criticize it. They try to say that HRW is the agent of Iranian security service; this only shows the depth of the deadlock they’re entangled in. In the press conference of Mojahedin-e Khalq in Washington, several former residents of Ashraf, now living in Europe and the US, found a chance to talk about their destiny in Iraq and criticize the report of Human Rights Watch.

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