Iranian woman whose brother was executed at 16 calls for UN intervention

Farzaneh Dadkhah, Zahra Dowlaty and Touran Ranjbar will march in Paris on Saturday

Farzaneh Dadkhah, Zahra Dowlaty and Touran Ranjbar will march in Paris on Saturday

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A group of Iranian women whose family members have been executed in their homeland are calling for UN soldiers to be sent to protect their remaining relatives.

Farzaneh Dadkhah, 56, from Walthamstow, is one of an estimated 50,000 women who will march through the streets of Paris on Saturday demanding protection for Camp Liberty, a refugee camp set up in Iraq for members of the exiled Iranian group the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI).

In September 52 members of the PMOI were slaughtered as they sought shelter from violence in Camp Ashraf in Iraq’s Diyala Province.

Following the attacks, most dissidents moved to Camp Liberty. However, it remains unprotected, according to the Iranian women, who now fear further attacks.

Ms Dadkhah, who has five cousins in the camp, fled Iran in 2003. She said: “My brother was just 16 years old when he was executed.

“We are a political family. He sold a newspaper which spoke out against the government regime.

They are also calling for the liberation of seven ‘hostages’ allegedly taken by Iraqi forces.

For more on this story see this week's Waltham Forest Guardian - on sale on Thursday.

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