MEK: UN Special Rapporteurs Issue Historically Significant Letter About 1988 Massacre in Iran
A letter, written by 7 United Nations Special Rapporteurs, was made public on Wednesday, on the 1988 massacre of Iranian political prisoners. This is a significant development for those seeking justice for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. Many of the victims were either members or supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Those who co-signed the letter are:
- Luciano Hazan, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances;
- Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions;
- Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association;
- Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran;
- Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism;
- Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
- Fabian Salvioli, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence.
Important piece by @kenblackwell on appalling HR situation in Iran, as 7 UN Special Rapporteurs call out Iran’s systemic refusal to clarify fate & burial sites of 1988 Massacre #HumanRightsDay
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— BigMo (@BigM0h) December 10, 2020
The UN Special Rapporteurs have stated that if the Iranian regime does not fulfill its obligations under international human rights law, it will encourage the international community to start its investigation into the massacre. The group also stated that the 1988 massacre may be a crime against humanity particularly as the victims disappeared without a trace.
Robert A. Destro, the United States Department of State’s Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, has stated that an independent investigation into the 1988 massacre needs to be carried out and the focus of it should be the mullahs refusal to conduct their own investigation into the massacre. The regime never told families what actually happened to their much-loved family members. What they did was to destroy the graves of those who were massacred.
The United States echoes the UN's call for an independent investigation into mass disappearances and summary executions in Iran in 1988, though the alleged involvement of current senior officials makes it highly unlikely the regime will investigate itself.
— Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro (@DRL_AS) December 10, 2020
1988 was the initiation of the justice-seeking movement
Before the massacre took place, the Iranian Resistance Leader, Massoud Rajavi, wrote letters to the UN Secretary-General demanding that international action be taken to stop the massacre. Rajavi was still pursuing this end in 2016. The Iranian Resistance has asked for an international tribunal to conduct an investigation into what it sees as the “worst crime against humanity since the concentration camps of the Second World War.”
This latest letter is significant for many reasons:
- It has realized the goal of the Iranian Resistance (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran) that the international community and official organizations investigate the 1988 massacre.
- In the letter, the UN Special Rapporteurs revealed that the regime’s present and earlier top officials were involved in the massacre so the regime should be held accountable
- The UN Special Rapporteurs have now demanded that the regime “provide information on the alleged refusal to provide families with accurate and complete death certificates while also providing the necessary information to identify the graves of those massacred.
- The UN Special Rapporteurs have said that if the regime does not provide the requested answers the international community should take action.
Seeking justice for those who massacred innocent victims in 1988 just because of their beliefs would never have got this far if it hadn’t been for the tireless efforts of the Iranian Resistance (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran).