Amnesty International Welcomes UN Experts’ Letter to Iranian Regime Calling for Justice for 1988 Massacre
A group of United Nations human rights experts recently wrote a letter regarding the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. The letter addressed to the Iranian regime’s authorities, emphasizes that the 1988 Massacre could be considered a crime against humanity and that an investigation into the incident is imperative.
The experts reminded the regime that it must “uphold its obligations under international human rights law”. Furthermore, the experts call on the international community to set up an international mission to investigate the cases.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) December 10, 2020
Amnesty International has welcomed the news of the letter, saying that this could be a “turning point” for the people that have been trying to get justice for the past three decades. The organization said that the letter from the UN experts will advance the case for holding the regime accountable even further, noting that the developments are happening in the run-up to International Human Rights Day.
Diana Eltahawy, the organization’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said that the letter is a “momentous breakthrough”, recognizing that there have been numerous calls for justice for the victims of the massacre. She emphasized that Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have been standing with the people of Iran and to have been calling for “truth, justice, and reparation”.
The Iranian regime’s human rights record is shocking and the people of Iran have been denied the most basic of human rights since the regime took power. Despite the attention that is drawn to its human rights abuses, the regime refuses to take action to improve the situation. This is just one of the reasons that the people of Iran are so desperate to see the regime fall.
Finally, with the support of other human rights groups, such as Amnesty International, the #MEK’s struggle has had a breakthrough, as UN experts have sent a letter to the #Iran government in pursuit of accountability.#WeStand4FreeIran pic.twitter.com/enkI16PEmD
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 10, 2020
Since the 1988 Massacre, families and loved ones of the victims and the survivors have never had closure. Authorities have refused to tell families where their loved ones lie in rest and many of the people campaigning for justice or looking for answers have been intimidated and threatened by authorities.
Most of those that died in the 1988 Massacre were members or supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) – the main opposition to the Iranian regime. The regime has continually targeted its opposition and this incident in 1988 was clearly an attempt to decimate it.
Many of the perpetrators of the crime, including the members of the so-called “death commissions” that decided on the fate of political prisoners, have gone on to occupy top regime positions. Head of the judiciary Ebrahim Raisi and justice minister Alireza Avaei are just two such examples.
President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Mrs. Maryam Rajavi has said that the regime must be held accountable for its crimes. Three decades of impunity must come to an end, she said, and the dossier of human rights violations in Iran must be referred to the UN Security Council. Mrs. Rajavi also stresses that an international fact-finding mission must be sent to Iran to establish the state of affairs with regard to human rights.
Congratulations on World #HumanRightsDay, heralding an end to the oppression of human kind &violations of their rights. Today is the day to pay tribute to all defenders of human freedom &dignity who have kept aflame human rights in the fight against tyranny. #StandUp4HumanRights pic.twitter.com/srVYwwjyly
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) December 10, 2020