UN Condemns Iran's Regime, Maryam Rajavi Demands Justice for the Victims of 1988 Massacre

The United Nations adopted its 66th resolution condemning the grave and systematic violations of human rights in Iran.

By Azita Carlson

The United Nations adopted its 66th resolution condemning the grave and systematic violations of human rights in Iran. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), while welcoming the adoption of this resolution, once again underlined: those responsible for the majority of the crimes to which the resolution has referred are the very people who have been continuously perpetrating crime against humanity for the past four decades, in particular, the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. Most of the victims were members or supporters of the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran PMOI, also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK.

The resolution, adopted with 84 affirmative votes, expresses serious concern “at the alarmingly high frequency of the imposition and carrying-out of the death penalty, in violation of its international obligations, including executions undertaken against persons on the basis of forced confessions or for crimes that do not qualify as the most serious crimes, including crimes that are overly broad or vaguely defined, in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights the continued imposition of the death penalty against minors in violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

Mrs. Rajavi stated that although this resolution has failed to address many aspects of the flagrant violations of human rights in Iran, it nevertheless makes it palpably clear that the theocracy ruling Iran is the most barbaric and egregious abuser of human rights in the world today.

This regime has flagrantly trampled on the Iranian nation’s fundamental rights in all its political, social and economic aspects, is in no way compatible with the twenty-first century, and must, therefore, be banished by the world community.

Mrs. Rajavi also highlighted that the most glaring and heinous example of the human rights abuses in Iran is the 1988 massacre of 30,000 defenseless political prisoners [mostly MEK members and supporters] in which the regime’s former and current leaders and agencies have been involved and continue to brazenly defend it. Regrettably, to date, they have been immune from accountability. The UN’s silence and lack of action vis-à-vis this odious crime against humanity is a scar on the conscience of humanity. As such, an investigation into this horrific crime is the litmus test before the international community.

Background

The 1988 Massacre was the most horrific crime of the clerical regime ruling Iran.



At the end of July 1988, Iran's regime summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. Death Commissions were formed in more than 70 towns and cities. More than 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in Iran in the summer of 1988. Death Commissions sent victims to the gallows after mock trials. The vast majority of the victims were members of the main opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

The perpetrators of this crime against humanity have never been held accountable. Worse still, some have been promoted to the most senior positions of the Iranian government and judiciary. A panel of experts and witnesses are discussing the 1988 massacre and the need for international prosecution of the perpetrators on Monday, July 15, 2019, Day 5 of the Free Iran convention at Ashraf 3, home to the MEK in Albania. We'll be updating this page with the latest from the panel.

Mass graves in Iran

The facts:

• More than 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in Iran in the summer of 1988.

• The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by Khomeini.

• The vast majority of the victims were activists of the opposition PMOI (MEK).

• A Death Committee approved all the death sentences.

• Ebrahim Reisi, a member of the Death Committee, is the current head of the judiciary.

• Alireza Avaei, a member of the Death Committee, is today Hassan Rouhani’s Justice Minister.

• The perpetrators of the 1988 massacre have never been brought to justice.

• On August 9, 2016, an audiotape was published for the first time of Khomeini’s former heir acknowledging that that massacre took place and had been ordered at the highest levels.

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