Iranians Call for Accountability Over the 1988 massacre at the United Nations
On Thursday, March 17, freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Geneva held an exhibition outside the UN European Headquarters in Geneva, calling on the international body to hold the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran accountable for the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, the vast majority of whom were MEK members and supporters.
This event and exhibition took held in connection with the 49th annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which focused on the global human rights situation, including a yearly examination of Iran’s human rights condition. During the discussion, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, expressed deep concern over the country’s ongoing serious human rights breaches and highlighted the need for accountability for crimes perpetrated by regime officials.
According to Rehman, the death penalty will be utilized more regularly in Iran in 2021, with at least 280 executions, including ten women and two minors. Many of those killed, according to Rehman, belonged to the Baluch and Kurdish minority.
March 17 – Geneva
Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the #Iran opposition PMOI/MEK holding an exhibition in memory of 30,000 political prisoners executed by the mullahs' regime during the summer of 1988.#1988Massacre
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 17, 2022
“Death sentences were continued to be enforced for a wide range of offenses, including against people who engaged in rallies,” he said. Rehman advocated for the abolition of the death sentence in Iran, particularly for the execution of minors.
Rehman also urged the Council to take a more active role in holding Iran accountable for human rights crimes, citing the 1988 mass executions of political prisoners and the 2019 killings of Iranian demonstrators.
470 current and former UN officials, international jurists, judges, and Nobel laureates sought an immediate investigation into the 1988 massacre in a letter to the UN HCR in January. The letter emphasizes the participation of regime president Ebrahim Raisi and judicial leader Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei in the crime against humanity.
The Iranian dictatorship recently executed 14 captives in various cities around the country.
Following Javaid Rehman’s report and remarks from a number of officials from other countries condemning the regime’s human rights violations, the Iranian regime’s envoy lashed out at the MEK during Thursday’s UNHRC session.
“The fact that the human rights mechanism on Iran has no guarantee and lacks a legal jurisdiction is not fair or justifiable. “Delegates representing the US government and its apartheid allies, as well as the regime housing the most terrorist organisation, the MEK, are among those who backed the mandate,” he said, underlining the main source of the regime’s concerns about international exposure of its human rights violations.
Kazem Gharib Abadi, the regime’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the mullahs’ so-called “Human Rights Department,” met with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet earlier this month to express his dissatisfaction with the MEK, their actions, and revelations that have proven costly to the mullahs’ regime.
Gharib Abadi’s major purpose in Geneva has been to prevent, or at the very least challenge, a circulating resolution at the Human Rights Council criticizing the regime’s human rights breaches, as well as the extension of Rehman’s mission to cover ongoing mullah human rights violations throughout Iran.
“The Special Rapporteur has become a conduit for terrorist groups to disseminate misleading information.” In recent statements, Gharib Abadi stated that “this terrorist organization is today free to go about and continue their actions against the [mullahs’ rule] in the very capitals of those countries that are supporting the resolution establishing a special rapporteur for Iran.”
Gharib Abadi is the deputy of Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, the regime’s “judiciary.” Ejei has a history of assassination, brutality, and persecution of dissidents. For his human rights crimes, Ejei has been blacklisted by the United States and the European Union.