The mayor’s office of Paris’ 1st district celebrated The World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10 by hosting an exposition into the 1988 Iranian Massacre.
TheSupport Committee for Human Rights in Iran (SCHRI) organized the exposition, which featured speeches from politicians, human rights activists and witnesses of Iranian violations of human rights.
During 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners were executed in just a few weeks; the majority of victims were members of the People’s Mojahidin Organization of Iran (PMOI). These executions have been denounced by international human rights organizations and the U.N. Secretary General.
Further evidence about these crimes was revealed in August, when an audio tape of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri admonishing a death committee surfaced.
The speakers highlighted that the people responsible for this crime against humanity have never faced justice; instead, being protected and even promoted by the Regime.
Jean-François Legaret, the mayor of Paris’ 1st district, said that there is “a battle to fight against the death penalty and other barbaric acts in Iran”. He said that the West must not negotiate with the “barbarous regime” and that those responsible for the massacre must be tried by an international tribunal.
Jacques Boutault, the mayor of Paris’ 2nd district, thanked those who are fighting to bring human rights to Iran. He also called on the French government to condemn Iran’s crimes in Syria.
Henri Leclerc, Honorable President of the League for Human Rights, said: “It is a crime against humanity when we know that thousands were executed while they were in prison. This must be denounced and we must act. We have sufficient materials. I hope that the U.N. conducts an investigation which brings those responsible to trial.”
The exposition also focused on Iran’s continued execution of political prisoners, in a country which holds the record for highest executions per capita in the world.