MEK: Investigate Iran 1988 Massacre
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that Mr. Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, voiced alarm in his report to the United Nations General Assembly regarding the regime’s attempts to delete evidence of the 1988 massacre. He also emphasized how regime officials who commit human rights violations are treated with systematic impunity.
The Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran
“The Special Rapporteur is concerned at reported attempts by the authorities to continue to destroy evidence of past violations, including the reported mass extrajudicial executions of political dissidents in 1988,” read the report.
Over 30,000 political detainees were executed extrajudicially by the Iranian authorities in the summer of 1988. Members and supporters of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) made up the majority of the victims.
Denying Baha’is permission to bury their dead
In April 2021, the authorities issued an order denying Baha’is permission to bury their dead in empty plots in Golestan Javid cemetery, the cemetery designated for Baha’is, forcing them to bury their dead instead between existing graves or at the Khavaran mass gravesite, according to Mr.
Rehman’s report. The bodies of victims of enforced disappearances and summary executions committed in 1988 are thought to be buried in the latter site.”
The regime’s violations of international duties
The regime’s violations of international duties, according to Rehman, have resulted in a “climate of impunity.”
Seven U.N. human rights experts, including Mr. Rehman, wrote a letter to regime officials in September that was released in December 2020. The United Nations experts stated in their letter that the killing in 1988 “may amount to crimes against humanity.”
They also stated that the international community’s refusal to act in the aftermath of the massacre in 1988 had had a “devastating impact” on Iran’s “general human rights situation.”
The regime’s cold-blooded killing
The regime’s cold-blooded killing of over 1500 protesters during the November 2019 major Iran protests, ongoing executions in Iran, and recent oppression of protesters in Khuzestan province are examples of the “devastating impact” of the international community’s failure to hold the regime accountable.
Ukraine Airlines flight PS752
“The continued impunity in relation to the disproportionate force used during the countrywide November 2019 protests, and the shooting down of Ukraine Airlines flight PS752, remains emblematic of the state of impunity,” Mr. Rehman wrote in his recent assessment.
The 1988 massacre
When Ali Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme Leader, appointed Ebrahim Raisi as the regime’s new president in June, the systemic impunity achieved its pinnacle.
Raisi was a significant figure in the 1988 massacre, and during the November 2019 protests, he was the regime’s Judiciary Chief, overseeing arrests and widespread human rights violations in Iranian jails.
Raisi was elected as the regime’s “conqueror” in a rigged election
When Raisi was elected as the regime’s “conqueror” in a rigged election in June 2021, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard stated that his presidency “is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran,” rather than being investigated for crimes against humanity such as murder, enforced disappearance, and torture.”
Enrique Mora attended Raisi’s inauguration
While protests against Raisi’s presidency continue to grow and spread around the world, western countries remain silent, enabling Iran’s systematic impunity. Enrique Mora, one of the European Union’s top ambassadors, attended Raisi’s inauguration on August 5.
Accepting Raisi as Iran’s world representative would simply encourage the authorities to commit further human rights violations in Iran. The regime’s methodical prosecution and cleansing of dissidents are not restricted to Iran’s borders, as European politicians should be aware.