Dear Mr Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees,
With sadness, we have been informed that the UNHCR office in Tirana, Albania has stopped the monthly payments and housing benefits for political refugee Mr. Ehsan Bidi , Siavosh Restar and and several other similar personswho had rejectedmembership of and separated from the Mojahedin Khalq Organisation in Camp Tirana, Albania
It is common knowledge that the life of Mr. Bidiand Restar is threatened by the Mojahedin Khalq in Albania. The UN’s move to cut the legally applied benefits to them is now putting their security and wellbeing in serious jeopardy at a time that this important humanitarian issue (the safety and wellbeing of political refugees) has been entrusted to the hands of the United Nations according to international law.
Massoud Rajavi, most recently in a radio message to the members of the organization has ordered that all members are physically separated to remove.
The history of violence in the Mojahedin Khalq Organisation, including the kidnapping and torture of ex members including our friends in Europe, alongside the murder of many of them in the prisons of Mojahedin Khalq in Camp Ashraf, adds to the seriousness of the responsibility to protect the lives and wellbeing of Mr. Ehsan Bidi and Mr Siavosh Restarand aders. Cutting their benefits in this situation dramatically increases these risks.
We urge you to reconsider this and according to the regulations and the laws of the Geneva agreement on refugees, alongside humanitarian considerations, reinstate Mr. Bidi’s and people’s benefits as soon as possible. We also urge you to consider moving the ex-members of Mojahedin Khalq to other countries outside Albania to be distanced from direct danger.
Some of the ex-members of Mojahedin Khalq Organisation now residing in Europe and North America
1– Ghorbanali Hossein Nejad
19-Seid Amir Movasghi
25- Issa Azadeh
26- Siavosh Rstar
27– Ali reza Zahedi
28-Mohammad reza Najarian
33-Mohammad hosin Sobhani
40- Akram Shahabi
42- Hamidreza Bikas
43- Ahmad reza SHafiei
44- Sadegh Rezaei
47- Daryosh Nazari
54-Mir Baghr Sedaghi
68- Davod Baghervand arshd
70- Yadolah Ebrahimi
72- Nader Keshtkar
Office of Council of Human Rights, UN, Geneva
Office of ICRC, Geneva
Office of Albanian PM, Tirana
Relevant Albanian Embassies in EU
Office of UNHCR in Tirana, Albania
Officer Europe of UNHCR