MEK Iran: It’s Never Too Late To Make Iran’s Regime Accountable for the 1998 Massacre
It has been suggested by some that the 1988 massacre happened so long ago that it might as well be forgotten. However, the problem is that some of Iran’s judiciary is being run by the thugs who ordered the massacre. The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), Ebrahim Raisi who sat on the Death Commissions that carried out the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners is today the country’s Judiciary Chief.
The 1988 Death Commissions were composed of Iran’s current Minister of Justice and were established throughout Iran following a fatwa issued by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini.
The decree demanded that the Death Commissions immediately executed every supporter of the opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) in Iranian prisons who still said they remained loyal to the organization. About I month later more political prisoners were executed who were associated with other opposition groups.
One of the worst things about these secret executions was that families were never told, so they couldn’t even wish their loved ones goodbye. They were hanged from cranes, then disinfected, and were buried in secret mass graves throughout Iran.
7 UN Special Rapporteurs
On 3rd September 2020, 7 UN Special Rapporteurs told Iranian authorities that the 1988 massacre “could amount to crimes against humanity” which warrants an “international investigation”. The regime never even responded to the letter that was made public.
Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI), an NGO based in London, is now representing the victims’ families. Many survivors have been interviewed, as well as hundreds of written testimonies from the families demanding justice. JVMI can name nearly 100 Death Commission members, many of whom today hold important positions in the Iranian government and Judiciary.
This whole problem should have been solved years ago but Europe and the world as a whole have been afraid to intervene in Iran’s affairs. This has meant many political prisoners since 1988 have also been executed for their political beliefs.
UN Special Rapporteur
On December 23rd, the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, encouraged the authorities in Tehran to allow a UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Javaid Rehman, access to the country so that he could undertake investigations into the 1988 massacre and other human rights’ violations.
In Europe, Foreign Ministers of the EU in December promoted a “global human rights sanctions regime” aimed at targeting anyone responsible for any serious human rights violations anywhere globally. On 17th December, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution demanding that Iran release the truth about the massacre while requesting that the EU uses its new “Magnitsky Act” to impose sanctions on Iranian officials perpetrating human rights abuses.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Now the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has formally established a Commission of Inquiry to undertake an investigation into any crimes against humanity that took place in Iran in 1988.
As EU Foreign Ministers meet in Brussels on the 25th January, the families of the massacre victims expect them to target those responsible for the 1988 massacre through the use of their new human rights sanctions regime and to support the start of an independent Commission of Inquiry into Iran’s unprecedented crimes against humanity.
The abridged version of an article written by Hanif Jazayeri, the Secretary of the London-based NGO Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) and a news editor.
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