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On Thursday I got a phone call

It was one of those unsolicited phone calls from someone speaking  heavily accented English, but it didn't start off with the usual introduction, to try and sell you something.

My caller (I will call him Reza - not his real name - for reasons which will become clear) started off by asking me whether I had heard about Camp Liberty in Iraq.

Reza explained that back in the 1980s, after the Shah of Iran was chased out by the people in 1979, the revolutionary Ayatollah Khomeini who arrived from Paris to huge popular acclaim, revealed himself to follow a particularly merciless and intolerant brand of Islam. This he imposed on the people of Iran, gradually, through a network of clerics and through his youthful revolutionary guard who idolised him, removing the right to any opposition to his rule. In addition to this, Iran provoked war with Iraq in 1980, a war which was to last nearly 8 years .

Opponents to Khomeini's rule faced imprisonment or death by various means including shooting, hanging or stoning. The main opposition party, the PMOI, took refuge in neighbouring Iraq in 1986, building an impressive small city in Ashraf. The PMOI is an anti-fundamentalist Muslim party of men and women, which supports a form of government which tolerates and accepts different beliefs, both political and religious. 

Reza has now left Iran. Would I, he asked, be prepared to meet two colleagues who could explain better than him?

And now I come to the reason I have not given my caller his real name - his sister is still there, along with about 800 other women, who are particular targets for their political views, which do not fit with the brand of Islam adopted by those with power around them. There are about 2,000 men.

I met two other people from the charity iliberty.org.uk for coffee in Abbeville Road. They showed me a video, they showed me photographs, they showed me witness statements. Shocking, horrible, ghastly, terrifying photographs and video with the worst bits blurred out. And they explained more of the history.

With the second Iraq war in 2003, the PMOI  achieved the status of protected persons under  the Geneva convention.  As we all know the second Iraq war has spawned a chaotic aftermath.  Sunni extremists ("Islamic State") have taken over much of Iraqi territory, opposed by the Iraqi government, which is mostly Shia Moslem and which is supported by Iran. The departure of the Americans (and British) from Iraq has left PMOI unprotected. 

The PMOI were forcibly removed from Ashraf in 2012 to an ex-American camp, which had been totally vandalised by the Iraqis. Its name? Camp Liberty.

Camp Liberty is just outside Baghdad. ISIL' s Sunni extremists are uncomfortably close to the west and north. Iraq's Shia army with their Iranian helpers are everywhere else. The 40-odd people who remained behind in Ashraf, to look after it, were massacred. 

Camp Liberty has been the object of four separate attacks with a number of dead. The two or three thousand  who remain in Camp Liberty, lodged between Baghdad airport and the city, are in deadly danger.

The Iraqi government gives lip-service to their obligations to these protected persons, but cannot be relied upon in the maelstrom which Iraq has become. It denies them locally-sourced food and medical supplies. The Iranian government has promised a 'fair trial' to the PMOI members whose extradition they have requested from their new friends in Iraq. It is chillingly unclear what crimes the PMOI members have allegedly committed. That is, unless you include opposition to the Iranian government.

They have been abandoned by the US. They have been abandoned by the UK. They have been abandoned by the UN. Why? Because the diplomatic priority has been to get Iran to sign a nuclear arms deal, and thus not to cause offence. This has now been achieved.

The International Liberty Organisation (www.iliberty.org.uk charity 1160607), a UK charity staffed mainly by expatriate Iranians, has decided to act to try and achieve resettlement of these people. Albania has accepted 750. Other European countries including Denmark, a number. The UK has accepted 15. Not what you'd call a flood. They are ordinary people like you and me. But they are in imminent danger of a violent death.

The legal process and re-settlement cost - wherever they can manage to find for them - for each person is about £10,000. 

As Edmund Burke said: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. An impressive array of British supporters speaks on their behalf. Lord Ashdown, Lord Aston, Lord Carlile, the Bishop of Oxford and many others.

At a loss as to what to do I could think only of spreading the message. Writing articles is but a small thing, but would you be prepared to 'like' this article and help promote its message? And write to your MP?

And of course, if you visit their website www.iliberty.org.uk you can also give.