MEK : Aban Tribunal’s Highlights
In London, a group of human rights activists convened an International People’s Tribunal, dubbed the ‘Iran Atrocities Tribunal.’ This trial, also known as the
’ was convened to probe the Iranian regime’s ‘crimes against humanity committed during the deadly crackdown on demonstrations in November 2019. Families of Iran protest victims, detainees, and human rights advocates all attended the Aban Tribunal.
The initiative has received strong support from Maryam Rajavi
The initiative has received strong support from Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The Aban Tribunal heard devastating evidence from victims’ families as well as people imprisoned during and after protests. In a video call from Iran, witness number 18 claimed, “They shot my son while he was standing near a wall.”
“I’m here to defend my slain brother,” one of the victims’ sisters remarked. We’re under a lot of strain, so I hide my face. They have threatened to assassinate us. As a result, I’m unable to reveal my face.”
“I’m not sure why they murdered my brother. After a year and a half, they informed us that my brother had been killed by Basij militia and that we should no longer pursue the matter. My brother was hit in the abdomen by a bullet. He died as a result of a large amount of blood loss. They stopped people from taking him to the hospital after he was shot. She went on to say, “He suffered for an hour before dying.”
London tribunal investigating the 2019 killings
The witnesses further emphasized the breadth and depth of the protests in November 2019. People assaulted the regime’s repressive and plundering centers. Thousands of people were tortured after being arrested during the protests, potentially increasing the number of persons murdered by gunshots, which killed an estimated 1,500 nonviolent protestors.
The Iranian regime has blasted the London hearings. Hassan Norouzi, deputy chairman of the Iranian regime’s parliament’s Judiciary and Legal Commission, reacted to the public tribunal in London. “What does it mean?” Hassan Norouzi was asked by a reporter from the state-run website Dideban about the international tribunal in London and whether it wouldn’t be better if the trial were held in Iran. “What trial are you referring to?”
Hassan Norouzi”I was one of those who shot the people.”
Hassan Norouzi responded to the reporter’s explanation about the London tribunal investigating the November 2019 killings and the subsequent incompetence of Iranian officials: “I was one of those who shot the people.” We assassinated! Who will now put us to the test? We killed this guy who came and burned down the bank. “Would you like to try someone new?”
The comments generated outrage and censure both domestically and internationally. Norouzi afterwards claimed he had “joked” and accused the newspaper of fabricating the interview by linking them to the Mujahedin-e Khalq.
The Aban Tribunal took place at the same time as Hamid Noury’s trial in Albania. Hamid Noury, a former Iranian prison director, was arrested in Sweden in 2019 and is facing charges related to the 1988 killing of political detainees.
1988 massacre, 30,000 were killed by the mullahs
Following prosecutors’ demands, the trial is currently temporarily taking place in the District Court of Durres, Albania, after 34 sessions in Sweden. Thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) live in Ashraf 3, Albania, hence this transfer took place. The massacre of 1988, in which the state killed over 30,000 political detainees, mostly targeted MEK members.
At Noury’s trial, witnesses related horrific instances of atrocities committed in Iranian jails in the early 1980s. Witnesses described how the so-called “Death Commissions” sentenced a prisoner to death on the spot. They also alluded to the victims’ fortitude in defying the mullahs’ dictatorial demands, similar to the heroic protesters of 2019.
“It is now more urgent than ever for member states of the UN Human Rights Council to take concrete steps to address the crisis of systematic impunity in Iran,” Amnesty International stated in June 2021, “including by establishing an impartial mechanism to collect and analyse evidence of the most serious international crimes committed in Iran to facilitate fair and independent criminal proceedings.”
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