Asieh Rakhshani, 30, was killed on April 8, 2011, during a brutal assault on Camp Ashraf, Iraq, by thousands of Iraqi soldiers, backed by tanks and armored vehicles. She was among 36 defenseless and unarmed residents of Ashraf, home for the past 26 years to members of Iran’s main opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), who were killed and hundreds more wounded. Seven other women also died.
The Department of State, the United States Congress, the European Union, the United Nations and most human rights organizations condemned this manifest case of crime against humanity, which Senator John Kerry, the Foreign Relations Committee Chair described as a massacre.
Asieh grew up in northern California with her relatives who acted as her guardians. She returned to Ashraf after graduating from high school. With a keen interest in journalism, she became a camera person and was on the scene of the attack on April 8th, where she actively documented the Iraqi forces during their attack on April 8th, where she filmed her own last moments before being shot.
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According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, a young woman who was filming the events in Camp Ashraf, Asieh Rakhshani, and Saba Haftbaradaran, a journalist working for the satellite TV station Iranntv.com, were killed on 8 April. http://www.youtube.com/user/iranntv?feature=chclk#p/u/69/qhMSiOo3p0M
The independent international observers who are sent to Iraq to investigate the events in Camp Ashraf must shed light on the circumstances of the deaths of these two young women, along with the deaths of all the other people killed by the Iraqi army in the course of the clashes of the past few days, Reporters Without Borders said. Those responsible must be punished. Impunity must not be the rule in Iraq today.
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|Date:||8 April 2011|
|Cause:||Shot while filming an Iranian democracy movement confrontation in Iraq|
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IranNtv.com journalists Asieh Rakhshani and Saba Haftbaradaran were killed on 8 April, Reporters without Borders reported. They were living with other Iranian exiles in Camp Ashraf, when the camp was raided by Iraqi soldiers. Fighting broke out, and the two women were killed. Rakhshani, who grew up in the United States, was filming the clash between camp residents and the soldiers when she was killed, according to MercuryNews.com.
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