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The UNHCR General Debate, the 13th meeting, Geneva

NGOs at the UN: Stop Violation of Human Rights in Iran

The UNHCR General Debate, the 13th meeting, Geneva

The UNHCR General Debate, 42nd Session, the 13th meeting- Geneva headquarters of the United Nation- September 13, 2019

The 42nd session of the Human Rights Council is being held 9 – 27 September 2019 in Geneva. Once again the dire situation of human rights in Iran is the core concern of this session. In the General Debate, the 13th meeting, some NGOs discussed the issue.

The representative of the International Association for Women’s Equality said: “In Iran today, there is a tragic situation when it comes to the rights of women. Under the current President, the repression of women is unabated, quite revers, very many women have been executed over the past five years. ….. women are deprived of freedoms and are kept away from public and political life, but they are always protesting. All of these protests mean that women are suffering in this part of the world. We join those organizations that have condemned the death of a female football fan that set herself on fire in front of Parliament. Many civil rights militants, women journalists, trade unionist have been sentenced to lashes and long prison sentences up to ten years for having defended the rights of workers and new individuals have been sentenced to death for having protested against the death penalty. We call on UNHCR to denounce this pressure which is unbearable for women in Iran.”

Another NGO, Women’s Human Rights International Association, expressed its concern about the worsening situation of human rights in Iran, saying:

“During the three months of Summer 2019, the Iranian government executed around 100 people including 6 women. In this way, we can see that the Iranian authorities have not renounced the use of the death penalty and continue to use it at a high level. That is why Iran, remains the country that executed the most in the world in terms of its population. These executions sometimes involve prisoners sentenced to death for acts allegedly committed before the age of eighteen. In his last report the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Mr. Javaid Rehman wrote that he deeply regretted that the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to sentence children to death for more often than any other state. ….. the UNSG, Antonio Guterres, also stated that he was deeply disturbed by the number of juvenile offenders being executed in Iran. He called on the human rights Council to put more pressure on the Iranian government to abolish the death penalty.”

Sahar Sanaie reminded the report of the previous United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Iran, the late Ms. Asmah Jahangir, saying: “Between July and August 1988, thousands of political prisoners, men, women, and  teenagers, were reportedly executed pursuant to a fatwa issued by the then Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini.”

Ms. Jahangir call for a comprehensive investigation into the 1988 massacre

In 2017, in her first address to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ms. Asmah Jahangir called for a comprehensive and independent investigation into the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, mainly Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/ MEK’)s members. She said, “the significant number of petitions, communications, and documentation related to the reported execution of thousands of political prisoners, men, women, and teenagers in 1988, speaks of a deep and unremitting pain that must be surely addressed. The killings themselves have been acknowledged by some at the highest levels of the State. Almost on a daily basis, I receive heartfelt letters from the relatives of those killed calling for answers. The families of the victims have a right to remedy, reparation, and the right to know about the truth of these events and the fate of the victims without risking reprisal.”

For decades, the MEK has asked the UN for a comprehensive and independent investigation into the massacre. The MEK reiterated that the perpetrators of this massacre must be held accountable.

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Human Rights Experts at 1988 Massacre at U.N. Conference

Human Rights Experts Criticize Failure to Investigate 1988 Massacre at U.N. Conference

Human Rights Experts at 1988 Massacre at U.N. Conference

The panel of Human Rights Experts Criticize UN’s Failure to Investigate 1988 Massacre during a Conference held in Geneva Headquarters of the United Nations-September 20, 2019

During two conferences, International human rights experts called for an investigation into the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses at a conference at the United Nations headquarters on Friday. The wide-ranging panels of experts asked specifically for those responsible for the 1988 Massacre to be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

fatwa issued by regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini

In the summer of 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were mujahedin-Khalq (PMOI/ MEK) members, were executed based on a fatwa issued by Ruhollah Khomeini, the then regime Supreme Leader, and were buried in mass graves.

Why an Investigation Is Imperative

During the first panel, international human rights lawyer Kirsty Brimelow, QC addressed the audience on why she thinks an investigation into the 1988 massacre is imperative. She asked:

“Why should there now be a tribunal on the crime against humanity committed in 1988? First, because lawyers have examined evidence and know beyond doubt that a crime was committed. If Iran disputes that, we have a process for that.”

international human rights lawyer Kirsty Brimelow

Kirsty Brimelow International human rights experts called for an investigation into the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses at a conference at the United Nations headquarters

Optimism about the Future

Swiss MP Laurence Fellman Rielle expressed optimism that the campaign to hold the regime responsible for the 1988 Massacre is gaining traction.

“We are witnessing progress in seeing the perpetrators of this crime being brought before a court. Since launching the Campaign for Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre, many of the perpetrators have been exposed and the crime has been documented,” he said.

 

 

 

 

Conference on human rights situation in Iran-Geneva, September 2019

In a conference organized by the Non-violent Radical Party, held at the Geneva Offices of the United Nations, the situation of human rights in Iran was discussed. Tahar Boumedra, former UNAMI chief, former UN expert, Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, and Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy were among the distinguished speakers. September 20, 2019

Human Rights Condition in Iran – Conference Held in the UN Headquarters in Geneva

During the second panel of experts, which was organized by the Non-violent Radical Party, Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, the former U.N. expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, also touched on the same subject, the 1988 massacre in Iran and explained:

” the full scope of the regime’s crimes and the failure of the U.N. to investigate. 30,000 human beings are only the tip of the iceberg. 120,000 of the MEK members have been killed. Back then Maurice Copithorne dropped the issue of the massacres because he thought it had already been dealt with by his predecessors,” he said.

“The High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council must investigate this crime against humanity. The Special Rapporteur on truth and justice, as well as the rapporteur on torture and arbitrary detention, must also look into this. This is a matter for the Human Rights Council and the UPR,” de Zayas added.

Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi was the guest speaker at the second conference, who also focused his speech on the 1988 massacre:

“Yesterday, the European Parliament condemned the Iranian regime’s human rights violations,” he said in reference to the cross-party early day motion used on Thursday. The heart and voice of Europe are expressed by human rights. Human rights must be a priority between EU institutions and the outside world. The EU has a fundamental role to promote freedom, rule of law, and protect freedoms,” he said.

“The [UN] Human Rights Council must discuss this. When we look at the geopolitical situation in the Gulf, there is no doubt that we must focus much more on human rights when we negotiate with Iran. Human rights and fundamental freedoms must come back to the center of this playing field,” he added.

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Witnesses to the 1988 Massacre

Three women testified as witnesses to the regime’s extrajudicial executions and human rights abuses. They all suffered inhumane treatment in the regime’s prisons and lost family members to the 1988 Massacre and the regime’s extrajudicial executions.

One of the survivors, former political prisoner Massoumeh Joushaghani, said:

“I was a victim of the regime’s human rights violations. I want to know what the UN has done. This crime has been buried under the rug for 30 years. I am the voice of all my friends who were executed in 1988.

I want the UN to bring the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre, who are serving in senior positions in the Iranian government, to justice. The suffering of the families of victims continues.”

 

Amnesty International has been a leading voice in the campaign to expose what it has called a crime against humanity. Amnesty has emphasized that if the perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre are not made to account for their crimes before an international tribunal, more crimes and massacres will take place.

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Honoring International Peace Day

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International Peace Day

21st September, recognized as International Peace Day by the United Nations. International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity. The International Days also serve as an indicator of the interest that a given subject attracts in each part of the world. Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or heterogeneous groups.

The most fatal threat to global peace

Humankind has suffered wars and violence for a long time and historically, peace has been its desire from the beginning. So many lives have perished during non-sense wars and conflicts. Nowadays, despite scattering wars here and there, terrorism is the main threat to global peace.

The Iranian regime is known as the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the modern world. It has a long record of terrorism in the past four decades since its formation in 1979. Bombing the US basis in Lebanon, in Saudi Arabia, explosions in Paris and elsewhere are just a few pages of this horror book. Now, many countries suffer Iranian regime terrorism including Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Afghanistan.

Along with suppression inside the country, terrorism and warmongering policy have been the main factors for its survival. It is worth mentioning that Iranian people in particular and the regional states, as well as the glob, have suffered its terrorism.

What is to be done?

As Secretary-General António Guterres sated

“This is the battle of our lives and a race against time. We can win — and we must.”

There is no doubt that appeasing and compromising terrorists are not the solution, it has been proven times and again. For forty years, the Western Powers sought a moderate mullah; however, the more they sought, the less they found.

The recent missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry by the terrorist regime of Iran once again showed that this regime is the source of terrorism and instability in the region and the world. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, called the attack “Act of War”.

Forty years of experience has proven that the only solution to terrorism is standing firm against the tyranny of terrorists. President-elect of National Council of Resistance, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, in a response to the terrorist act of attacking Aramco oil facility in Saudi said that attack on a neighboring country’s oil installations was a major step and a new phase in the warmongering aggressions of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, adding that exerting power and decisiveness is the only language the mullahs understand.

She added that inaction only emboldens this medieval regime, whose primary victims are the Iranian people, emphasizing that the ultimate solution to rid the world of Iran’s ruling religious fascism as the source of all crises in the region is a change of this illegitimate regime by the Iranian people and their organized resistance movement.

Paying tribute to the soles fallen for restoring peace in Iran, MEK members and all freedom-loving Iranians, in the anniversary of International Peace Day, we reiterate Madam Rajavi‘s remark that said: “I call on the people of the world to support the Iranian people’s resistance and uprising to overthrow despotism, religious discrimination, and a regime which is the central banker of terrorism and the enemy of peace and freedom in the region and the world.”

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Iran’s grizzly organ trade

A wall in Farhang Hosseini alley filled with selling and buying advertisements for body organs.

Thousands of people in Iran are being forced to sell their body parts, including livers, lungs, bone marrow, blood, kidneys, and corneas, on the growing black market, according to opposition activists.

The National Council of Resistance to Iran (NCRI) provided a dossier detailing allegations of the shocking trade, which has turned into a “lucrative business”, to the Daily Star Online.

The Iranian activists, who are living in exile, said that the economic strain in Iran is why thousands of people are desperate enough to sell their organs, which can go for up to $50,000.

NCRI spokesman Shahin Gobadi described this as an “untold catastrophe” and a “systemic problem”.

He added: “The tragedy of Iranians, especially the youths, selling their body parts to survive or to address their own basic needs or those of their families in a country like Iran that has seven percent of the world’s natural resource is an untold catastrophe.”

The dossier includes photos of graffiti, where people have advertised their organs on buildings near hospitals, and a website which advertises the buying and selling of organs via “organ brokers”, who prey on the desperation of both buyer and seller. Messages on this site include:

  • “Hello, I want to see my kidney under the market price”
  • “Willing to sell kidney due to financial problems”
  • “Urgent sale of kidney”
  • “I need the money urgently, I am willing to come anywhere in Iran”
  • “God would damn the owner of this website”

Most of those selling their organs are aged 22-34 and are encouraged to submit their blood group, mobile number and personal details to the broker.

The NCRI spoke to one dealer, who said that organ brokers can earn up to $56,000 a month, who admitted preying on the poor and even the families of “brain-dead patients” in hospitals.
The dealer said: “Most of those who sell their kidneys are from the lower strata of the society. I find them through friends who live in small towns or poor suburbs. Subsequently, they are satisfied and the price is set. Of course, they are introduced as the donor and the acquaintance of the patient to make the job easier.”

Kidneys are the most in-demand, with blood plasma and livers being more expensive. Here is the price per body part on the black market:

  • Kidneys – $5k to $10k
  • Livers – $50k
  • Corneas – $20k
  • Bone marrow – $10k

Tehran is reportedly the center of the organ trade, with an alley known as “Kidney Street” and the area is tagged with numerous A4 sheets of paper counting personal details of people selling their organs.

Resistance and Political Change Will Come from the Depths of Economic Despair

Gobadi said that the Iranian Regime had pillaged the country’s resources and spent billions running “proxy wars” in Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria.

He said: “It is very telling that the painful trend of selling body parts continued and even intensified following the signing of the Iran Nuclear Deal, which released more than 100 billion dollars and enabled the regime to sell more than two million barrels of oil on a daily basis. As the Iranian Resistance said at the time, this windfall was not spent on improving the abysmal living conditions of the Iranian people.”

He continued: “Through embezzlement, theft and astronomical pillaging of these resources, the Iranian regime’s leaders have devoted most of these resources to suppression at home and export of terrorism as well as financing terrorist groups, fomenting proxy wars in the Middle East and working to obtain weapons of mass destruction.”

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British Praliament

British MPs condemn Iran’s  IRGC and MOIS in Early Day Motion

British Praliament

MPs at the United Kingdom Parliament raise attention about the IRGC

Cross-party MPs at the United Kingdom Parliament have used an Early Day Motion to raise attention about the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and their role in the suppression of the Iranian people.

EDM 2333 strongly condemns the IRGC’s role in oppressing the Iranian people, particularly during anti-government protests, and describes the IRGC as a serious threat to the security, freedom, and welfare of the Iranian people, as well as the peace and stability in the Middle East and the world at large.

The British MPs emphasized that the IRGC and the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) are destructive and terrorist actors, citing a long history of their deadly operations, export of terrorism, murder of foreign nationals, and assassination of Iranian dissidents, particularly members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

One case they cited to demonstrate this was the foiled bomb plot against the NCRI’s annual “Free Iran” grand gathering in Paris on June 2018, where 100,000 gathered to support the 10-point plan of NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi to bring freedom to Iran.

The British MPs called on their government to blacklist the IRGC and the MOIS as a foreign terrorist organization, something they say is in the best interests of the Iranian people, the UK, and the international community.

Bob Blackman, the primary sponsor of EDM 2333 and a major supporter of the MEK and NCRI, said in a statement: “The IRGC and MOIS stand at the center of regime’s domestic crackdown and efforts to create an international crisis with increased aggression in the region and terrorism in Europe as the popular protests across Iran that began last year are undermining the theocracy’s survival.”

Sir David Amess, co-chair of the British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF), said: “The EDM, which many of my cross-party colleagues in the House of Commons and I supported, backs the call by NCRI President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for the designation of IRGC and MOIS as terrorist entities and calls on the Government to proscribe these repressive organs as foreign terrorist organizations in their entirety.”

It is time for the British government and the European Union to listen to these MPs and the Iranian people and take a firm policy against the Regime by imposing sanctions on the IRGC and MOIS, especially given the role of these groups in taking hostage British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe and seizing a British oil tanker in international waters. It is right that they support the Iranian people’s uprising and their organized Resistance.

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Iranian rally against Rouhani

MEK Supporters to Protest Rouhani in New York

 

Iranian rally against Rouhani

Iran-American protesters, supporters of the MEK, Rally in New York, upon Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the United Nations. The sign reads “Yes to Change in Iran, No to Rouhani”- September 2017

MEK supporters are holding a demonstration in protest of Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani in New York next Tuesday, September 24th. The “No to Rouhani” demonstration will call attention to Rouhani’s leadership role in a regime that is the number one state sponsor of terrorism and holds the record for the highest number of executions per capita.

The United Nations General Assembly is meeting in New York from September 17-September 30. The organizers of the “No to Rouhani” protest argue that the leader of the oppressive Iranian regime has no place at the U.N. during this year’s General Assembly.

An Aggressive and Brutal Regime

The Iranian regime has escalated its crackdown on all forms of dissent in the wake of growing social unrest across the country. Its notoriously brutal and inhumane prisons are overcrowded, and the number of executions has increased. Public executions and executions of juvenile offenders are common. Political prisoners and detainees are subject to torture, sometimes to the point of death. Lifesaving medical treatment is routinely denied to prisoners, particularly political prisoners.

Meanwhile, the regime has responded to sanctions with increasing aggression, further isolating itself from the international community. It continues to support terrorist proxy groups and fund regional wars that destabilize the region, and it has launched a series of attacks on vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian regime has also reneged on its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and redoubled its efforts to create nuclear weapons.

Rouhani Should Be Expelled from U.N. General Assembly and Security Council Meetings

The MEK supporters organizing the “No to Rouhani” demonstration believe that Rouhani, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif should be sanctioned for these crimes. They also believe that Rouhani should face an international tribunal for his role in crimes committed by the religious fascism ruling Iran.

The “No to Rouhani” demonstration is an extension of the anti-regime protests taking place across Iran on a daily basis. The Iranian people are crying out for freedom from the mullahs’ tyrannical rule, and they are ready to launch a new uprising with the leadership of the MEK Resistance Units. The goal of the uprising will be to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and replace it with a secular democracy in Iran.

A Paper Tiger

National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi discussed the mission of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance in a speech at the Washington, D.C. Free Iran Rally on June 21, 2019:

“… above and beyond anything else, the mullahs are most fearful of change at the hands of the Iranian people, the Iranian Resistance and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK).

“It is right at this point that it becomes clear that the religious dictatorship is a paper tiger when it comes to facing off with the Iranian Resistance. And its fate is no different from the fate of the Shah’s dictatorship. This is the verdict of history and the yearning of the people of Iran. Yes, freedom will prevail over the Shah and the Sheikh (mullahs),” she said.

“The regime is getting weaker by the day, and with every passing day, it gets a step closer to its downfall. Consequently, all of us bear heavier responsibilities. This is the time for us to be on alert.

“Without a doubt, the faltering mullahs’ dictatorship cannot withstand our nation’s resistance, uprisings, and the great Army of Freedom,” she stressed.

“The time has come to rise. In such circumstances, our country Iran needs us to rise to our national duty more than ever before in order to rid our homeland of the hideous mullahs’ regime,” Mrs. Rajavi emphasized.

Event Details

No to Rouhani, No to the representative of the religious fascism

Yes to a free Iran through the effort of Resistance Units and the National Liberation Army

Supporting the NCRI as the democratic alternative and Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan

  • Time: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Place: Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, United Nations, New York City

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Women are being suppressed in Iran

Women’s Rights Activists Under Pressure from Regime

Women are being suppressed in Iran

Archive Photo: Ten Young Women Arrested For Participating In Mix-Parties In Sari

Members of the Voice of Iranian Women Association are facing increasing pressure from the regime’s judiciary and intelligence agencies, largely due to their participation in International Women’s Day gatherings earlier this year. They are facing a number of charges for their peaceful activism, including “promoting corruption and prostitution,” “formation of the Iranian Women Association,” “association and collusion against national security,” and “propaganda against the state.” The group’s members are currently either imprisoned and waiting in limbo or enduring escalating pressure from the regime’s judiciary and intelligence ministry.

Akram Nasirian and Nahid Shaqaqi

Women’s Rights Activist

Nahid Shaghaghi, Women Rights activist in Iran

On September 4, 2019. Voice of Iranian Women Association members Akram Nasirian and Nahid Shaqaqi received summonses to report to the 2nd Branch

Akram Nasirian, Iranian woman activist

Akram Nasirian, Iranian woman activist

of the Prosecutor’s Office at Evin Prison on When they reported to the office on September 8th, they were informed that they bail had increased. Both women were freed after paying the higher bail bonds. The two women were arrested on April 2019 for giving speeches in Tehran on International Women’s Day and held for a month before being released on bail.

Mahboubeh Farahzadi

Mahboubeh Farahzadi

Retired teacher, Mahboubeh Farazhzadi, during a demonstration. The sign reads: Dignity, livelihood, is our indisputable right.

Retired teacher Mahboubeh Farahzadi, also a member of the Voice of Iranian Women Association, received a summons on September 3, 2019, to report to Prosecutor’s Office at Evin Prison. She was interrogated by regime agents for several hours there on September 8th.

Maryam Mohammadi

Maryam Mohammadi a women’s rights activist, who has been imprisoned since April 2019

Another member of the Voice of Iranian Women Association, Maryam Mohammadi, is currently being held in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. She was arrested on July 8, 2019, in the city of Garmsar and placed in solitary confinement in Ward 209 in Evin Prison. Ward 209 is operated by the regime’s Intelligence Ministry. Political prisoners who are sent to this ward are interrogated and frequently tortured. After one month, Mohammadi was transferred to the Women’s Ward at Evin. Her currently legal status has not been determined.

Esrin Derkaleh

Esrin Derkaleh, a women’s rights activist

Voice of Iranian Women Association member Esrin Derkaleh has been detained in Ward 209 of Evin Prison for more than 40 days. She was arrested on July 28, 2019, in Garmsar. She was also targeted for giving a speech in Tehran on International Women’s Day. Derkaleh was born in 1983 and is the mother of an 18-year-old child. Her legal status has also not been determined.

Leila Hosseinzadeh

On September 11, 2019, the attorney for imprisoned student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh announced that the regime prosecutors have filed a new charge against his client.

Leila Hossein-Zadeh, a student rights activist.

Hosseinzadeh is a graduate student in Anthropology, a member of Voice of Iranian Women Association, and the Secretary of the Student Central Council at Tehran University. She was also part of the International Women’s Day gathering in Tehran this spring and is currently serving a 30-month sentence in Evin Prison. She was convicted of “association and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the state” on June 24, 2019, for participating in the peaceful rally for women’s rights. Hosseinzadeh will also be banned from leaving Iran for two years after the completion of her sentence

The new charge stems from her participation in a January 2019 birthday ceremony for another imprisoned student outside the Industrial Sharif University in Tehran.

Condemnation from the MEK

The Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) strongly condemns the oppression of women under the misogynistic regime. The MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) are committed to ending the twisted laws that silence women and force them into submission. The Iranian Resistance has women at the highest levels of leadership, with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as its leader, because it recognizes that as the primary victims of the regime’s oppression, women are its strongest opponents.

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NGO representative addresses the UNHRC on the need to investigate the 1988Massacre

NGO Reps Ask U.N. Human Rights Council to Investigate 1988 Massacre

NGO representative addresses the UNHRC on the need to investigate the 1988Massacre

NGO representative addresses the Working Group on Involuntary Disappearances and SR on Truth & Justice – 42nd Regular Session Human Rights Council- September 9, 2019

Human rights activists from international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council this week to demand a U.N.  investigation into the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, most of whom were members or supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq(PMOI/MEK)

The NGO representatives expressed their concerns to Bernard Duhaime, Chair of the U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, and Fabian Salvioli, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-recurrence, during an “interactive dialogue” at the 42nd session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 11, 2019.

Appeal to the Human Rights Council

Milica Javdan of the NGO Women’s Human Rights International Association made a passionate argument to members of the Human Rights Council for an investigation into the 1988 Massacre, saying:

“Ms. Vice President,

“In the summer of 1988, 30,000 political prisoners were massacred by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The mass atrocity was based on a fatwa by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. His decree called for the execution of all political prisoners affiliated to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran [MEK] who remained steadfast in their resistance to the Iranian regime. The victims were buried secretly in mass graves. For 31 long years, the Iranian government has tried to conceal the truth about the mass executions from the International Community.

“Mr. Special rapporteur Salvioli,

“To date, the grieving families of the victims have not received any information about the fate of their loved ones. There is no paper trail on the prisoners’ whereabouts, no trial documents and no graves to visit. The victim’s families look to you for answers.

“In August 2017, your colleague, the late Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Asma Jahangir, informed the General Assembly about the 1988 Massacre and requested an investigation to discover the truth about the bloody summer of 1988.

“Mr. Salvioli, what measures has your office taken in order to investigate this matter and to seek answers from the Iranian government about the true fate of the victims of the 1988 Massacre? Many of the perpetrators of this heinous crime still hold senior positions in the Iranian judiciary and government, such as Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi and Justice Minister Alireza Avaei. On the 25th of July 2019, in an official interview, Mostafa PourMohammadi defended the 1988 massacre and said newly caught Mojahedin activists would face capital punishment. Impunity breeds reoccurrence!

“We appeal to you Mr. Salvioli, to investigate the 1988 massacre as part of your mandate.

“Thank you.”

Background

In the summer of 1988, regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering the executions of all MEK members imprisoned inside Iran. He formed three-member “Death Committees” to conduct trials in the regime’s prisons that lasted only minutes. Those who refused to renounce the MEK were sentenced to death, executed in groups, and buried in mass graves.

Many of those who were executed had already completed their sentences and were waiting to be released. The victims included teenagers, pregnant women, and the elderly.

To date, none of the perpetrators of this crime against humanity have been brought to justice. Some of those responsible have gone on to serve as high-ranking members of the regime. Former Death Committee member Alireza Avaei is now Hassan Rouhani’s Justice Minister. Former Death Committee member Ebrahim Raisi was appointed as the regime’s Judiciary Chief earlier this year.

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Violation of human rights in Iran

Iran HRM August Report Reveals Details Crackdown on Activists

Violation of human rights in Iran

Archive Photo: Human rights are severely being violated in Iran

Last week, Iran Human Rights Monitor released its monthly report, detailing the Iranian regime’s human rights violations. During the month of August, the regime imposed heavy sentences on participants in the country’s Labor Day protest, striking workers from the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory, and civil rights activists. Last month, more than 31 activists, workers, and journalists were sentenced to prison and lashes for their participation in protests.

Labor Day Protesters

Researcher Atefeh Rangiz was sentenced to 11 years, six months in prison and 74 lashes.

Journalist Marzieh Amiri was sentenced to 10 years, six months of prison and 148 lashes. She will serve six years of her term.

Nasrin Javadi was sentenced to 7 years in prison and 74 lashes.

A bus driver and member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company Rasoul Taleb Moghadam was sentenced to 74 lashes, two years of prison, two years of exile, and a two-year ban on using smartphones.

Vice-president of the Free Union of Iranian Workers Parvin Mohammadi was sentenced to one year in prison

Labor Activist Azarm Khezri (Nasrin Javadi), was sentenced to seven years of prison and 74 lashes. She will serve five years of her term.

Labor activist Farhad Sheikhi was sentenced to four months of prison and 5 lashes. His sentence was suspended for two years.

Haft Tappeh Protesters

On August 13, seven Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory workers were given eight-month suspended prison sentences and 30 lashes each for participating in last year’s workers’ strikes.

On August 14, nine more workers from the same factory were sentenced to eight months in prison and 30 lashes. Another worker was acquitted.

The MEK covered the Haft Tappeh worker strikes last year extensively.

Pensioners & Teachers take it to the streets in Tehran and Isfahan

Hundreds of pensioners and teachers gathered in Tehran and Isfahan asking for their pensions. The protesters also called for the release of their fellow activists that had been imprisoned during the previous protests. August 26, 2019

Other Activists

Mohammad Taghi Falahi, head of the Tehran Teachers’ Association, was sentenced to eight months in prison and ten lashes for participating in a protest on Iran’s National Teachers’ Day. His sentence has been suspended for three years.

Women’s rights activist Saba Kord Afshari was sentenced to 24 years in prison for protesting the mandatory veiling laws and refusing to make a false confession.

Satirist Keyomars Marzban was sentenced to 23.3 years in prison for working for foreign media outlets.

Executions

At least 41 people were executed by the regime in August. Two of these executions took place in public. The actual number of executions is likely much higher, as the regime is known for carrying out its executions in secret.

Denial of Medical Treatment to Prisoners

Political prisoner Majid Assadi has been denied treatment for his Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and has not been provided access to a physician for the last year. In September 2018, doctors additionally diagnosed Assadi with ulcers and intestinal inflammation, but he is not receiving medical care for any of his conditions.

Political prisoner Arash Sadeghi is being denied critical care for cancer. He received surgery in September 2018 to remove cancer but developed a postoperative infection after being immediately returned to prison. Without proper care, his arm has become paralyzed and swollen. Prison officials have refused to allow Sadeghi to return to the hospital to seek further bone marrow tests to see if his cancer has spread or to have additional, life-saving chemotherapy treatments. Amnesty International condemned the regime’s treatment of Sadeghi as torture.

The NCRI and MEK condemn the regime’s human rights abuses and encourages all Iranians to support those who are protesting against the regime. The regime’s abuses will end when Iran is free.

Staff Writer

 

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1988 massacre in Iran

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances and Iran’s 1988 Massacre

1988 massacre in Iran

30000 political prisoners mainly MEK members massacred in 1988 in Iran

August 30th marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Amnesty International issued a statement in regard to this day.

“The Iranian authorities’ continued failure to disclose the fate and whereabouts of thousands of political dissidents who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret during Iran’s 1988 prison massacres has sparked a crisis that for decades has been largely overlooked by the international community,”

The statement refers to the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members, and supporters of the main Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK.

On July 15, 2019, a number of survivors of the massacre testified in a conference held in Ashraf 3 in Albania.

Majid Sahebjam, a MEK member, who was in prison for 17 years for supporting the MEK was one of the witnesses.

“My crime was supporting the MEK. I witnessed many human rights violations. The 1988 massacre was a premeditated and well-planned crime. Some of the people who were directly involved in this crime still hold high positions of power. The regime has done everything in its power to hide its crime. In the short trials, which lasted only a few minutes, the judges only asked one question: They asked about the political association of the defendant. Uttering the word “Mojahed, MEK member” was enough to seal the fate of the prisoner and send him to the gallows…I know at least 20 families who lost two of their children to the regime’s executioners. Many of the executed prisoners were aged 14, 15, and 16 when they were arrested. During the 1988 massacre, dozens of MEK supporters had served their sentences. However, they were kept in prison because they would not repent their support for the MEK. They were executed in 1988 because of their dedication to freedom and human values,” Sahebjam addressed the conference.

Mahmoud Royaie another MEK member who spent 10 years in regime’s prisons also addressed the conference.

“Many of my friends were teenagers when they were arrested. They spent many years in prison and were finally executed. People had served their sentences, and their families were waiting for them. However, they never got to see them. One of my friends was executed five years after his sentence was finished. He was taken to the gallows only because he defended the name of the MEK,” Royaie said. “Some of these families are still staring at the pictures of their loved ones and crying after 30 years. Some lost their sanity when their children were executed. The regime even executed the disabled and handicapped. Yet they stood tall when they went to the gallows. One of my friends had lost his mind due to tortures. However, when they took him to the judge, he stood tall and said, “I’m a Mojahed, MEK member.” He was executed.”

Kobra Jokar, a MEK member also addressed the conference. She managed to escape from prison before the massacre.

“I was in the regime’s prisons for six years. The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) arrested me while I was pregnant. I was taken to Evin prison and the torture chambers. I was transferred to Ward 209. In the cell, I saw four torturers torture my husband in front of me. They also tortured me in front of him,” She said.  “A few days later, they executed him with 75 others…The regime executed 50 pregnant women, including Masumeh, the sister of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi…I managed to escape prison in 1987. One year later, all of those ladies who shared the cell with me were executed in the 1988 massacre.”

Mostafa Naderi, a MEK member shared his story and said:

“I spent 11 years in prison, five of those years in solitary confinement. During the 1988 massacre, I was hospitalized because of torture. I was unconscious when they called my name for execution, and this is how I survived. In the beginning, they said nothing of the executions, claiming the prisoners were going for family visits. In many smaller cities, not even a single person survived to tell the story of the massacre. In prison, I was severely tortured. After eight months of torture, I and five other prisoners were taken to a mullah who said we would be executed that night. They took us to the place for execution. They tied our hands and we heard the guns being loaded. They fired, but they aimed a bit higher than our heads. We suffered a traumatic experience. One of the prisoners fainted and another lost his eyesight. The 1988 massacre was planned from two years before. However, the massacre continues to this day. We must stop this.

The time has come for the United Nations to launch an international independent fact-finding mission to determine the fate of victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran.

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