MEK Iran: UN Urged to Investigate Iran’s Human Rights Violations
The United Nations received a joint statement, during its 44th Human Rights Council session in Geneva, urging it to take action on the Iranian regime’s historical and ongoing human rights violations by sending a fact-finding mission to Iran.
The statement came from five nongovernmental organizations with UN consultative status; Edmund Rice International Limited, International Educational Development, Inc., International Society for Human Rights, Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparency, and Women’s Human Rights International Association.
They specifically raised the issues of the regime’s brutal crackdown on the nationwide Iran protests in November, the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, mainly the supporters and members of Mujahedin- Khalq (PMOI/MEK Iran), and ongoing human rights abuses in prisons by the regime.
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In the statement, they explained that the 12,000 protesters arrested and imprisoned during the November protests, as well as those arrested in the January uprising and individual protests, are at a real risk of being secretly massacred or tortured to death because the regime is conducting the biggest crackdown on protesters since the mullahs stole power in 1979.
They explained that detainees are being tortured or subjected to other forms of ill-treatment, like denial of medical care even for injuries caused by the security forces, in order to force confessions.
The NGOs then cited the Amnesty International report from December 2018 about the 1988 massacre and how it constitutes an “ongoing crime against humanity”. At the time, the UN was urged to establish an independent investigation to bring those responsible to justice.
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The five NGOs wrote: “We appeal to the Human Rights Council to take urgent action to end the impunity enjoyed by Iranian officials and prevent the massacre of detained protesters. Leaders of the Iranian government must face justice for committing crimes against humanity in the massive suppression and bloodshed of recent months.”
These are the steps they said should be taken:
- The UN should immediately dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate the cases of those killed/imprisoned since the November protests
- the HRC should establish a commission of inquiry into the 1988 massacre to achieve justice for the victims
- High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet must support independent fact-finding missions into the 1988 massacre and the recent arrests/executions
- Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, and Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, Fabian Salvioli, must investigate the 1988 massacre as part of their mandate
The NGOs wrote: “Until the international community holds the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre to account, Iran’s authorities would continue to be emboldened to further crackdown with impunity on present-day protesters. Iranian officials construe silence and inaction by the international community as a green light to continue and step up their crimes.”