MEK Iran: Commemoration of 1988
1,000 former political prisoners attend a conference in Albania to commemorate the November 2019 uprising.A conference titled “Seeking Justice for the 1988 Massacre, November 2019 Uprising” was hosted at Ashraf 3 in Albania on Sunday, November 14. The gathering brought a thousand former political prisoners from the Shah’s and clerical dictatorships, and 12 former political prisoners spoke.
Unprecedented genocide and criminality happened in 1988
The session was headed by Ms. Masoumeh Malek Mohammadi, a Deputy Secretary-General of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), who was imprisoned in 1982 and spent several years in Evin prison. “Among the prisoners present here, 220 of us are MEK women,” she stated in her introductory remarks. The massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 was the greatest in recent history. Unprecedented genocide and criminality, the scope of which has yet to be determined due to the appeasement policy, and for which no one has been convicted. Not only have its commanders and offenders escaped justice, but high-ranking government officials continue to commit crimes against humanity.”
“We were 154 prisoners, who were transferred from Gohardasht to Evin Prison in June 1988,” Mohammad Raputam, who spent 11 years in Evin, Ghezel Hesar, and Gohardasht prisons said in his remarks. In early August 1988, I was escorted before the Death Committee, whose members are now senior leaders in the current system, including the president (Ebrahim Raisi). 147 of the 154 MEK militants and supporters who arrived from Gohardasht were killed in the massacre in 1988.”
Prisoners were tortured for hours every night
Ms. Homa Jaberi, who was arrested at the age of 18 and held in the Evin, Gohardasht, and Ghezel Hesar prisons for 5.5 years, said in her remarks: “The conditions there were very terrible… They covered us from head to toe with blindfolds and chadors; we stood in absolute silence against the wall, without any movement, and were tortured every night. We were only allowed to sleep once every few days. We were attacked multiple times a day and subjected to harsh torture. Some of our sisters who had been there for 14 months had lost their psychological integrity as a result of mental and physical strain, and those who survived were later on executed in the 1988 massacre.”
“For 1.5 months, while I was at the interrogation facility, I heard gunshots, and coup de grâce shots almost every night,” Ali Sarabi, who spent five years in Evin, Gohardasht, and Ghezelhesar prisons, detailed his futile effort to escape. Following September 27, 1981, around 1,500 persons were executed by firing squad in the following nights. If I had to sum up my jail experience in one line, it would be a crime beyond human comprehension inflicted by the religious regime on the one side, and human capacity-defying resistance mounted by MEK political prisoners on the other hand.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), paid honor to the almost 1,500 martyrs of the November 2019 uprising as well as the victims of the 1988 massacre, at the end of the conference.
“The November 2019 uprising carries a special message that seeking justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre is the same as rising up for the mullahs’ overthrow. From the prisons’ death corridors to the streets of Tehran, Tabriz, Ahvaz, and Isfahan, the Mojahedin will never give up on this objective until Iran is liberated. It is common knowledge that the mullahs’ bloodthirsty supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the mass murderer, Ebrahim Raisi, personally ordered the bloody crackdown on the uprising. They can never escape prosecution and punishment. The Iranian people and Resistance will never give up on this goal,” Mrs. Maryam Rajavi added.
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