The Law Society promotes the rule of law, which includes compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. We strongly condemn the attack on 29 October 2015 on Camp Liberty, Iraq, as a repeated violation of fundamental human rights.
Camp Liberty is home to 2,300 Iranian refugees and ‘persons of concern’ to the United Nations high commissioner for refugees.
In failing to protect the residents of Camp Liberty, the government of Iraq has failed to live up to its obligations under the 25 December 2011 Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations.
Since Camp Liberty was created, the Law Society has consistently called for it to be recognised as a refugee camp under the protection and supervision of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
The Law Society has also condemned breaches by Iraq of its obligations under the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Most recently, in June this year, the Society’s then president wrote for a second time to the secretary-general of the United Nations, calling for urgent intervention.
In the light of this latest attack, the Law Society again calls on the international community to recognise Camp Liberty as a UN refugee camp and on the UN and the UNHCR to take urgent action.