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IRAN: 4500 death row prisoners in Gohardasht Prison under new repressive measures

Warning against further mass executions on the anniversary of 1988 massacre

On the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, and in circumstances when social protests and protests of the victims’ families to this horrifying crime have escalated, the Iranian regime has found the only solution to prevent a major social explosion in stepping up executions.

Hazratpour, a member of the parliamentary legal and judicial committee, in a shocking confession revealed: Presently, there are 4500 death row prisoners whose cases remain undecided. To resolve the problem, we must work out a solution. (State-run media, August 21, 2016)

At least 66 prisoners have been executed in Iran in the past three weeks, alone.

In another suspicious and alarming development, prison authorities have adopted new repressive measures in recent days in Gohardasht Prison. In addition to an unprecedented increase in the number of sentry guards, groups of Revolutionary Guards have been stationed in various parts of the prison and even on the rooftops. Doors of all wards are closed throughout the day and all the windows and openings in the ward have been covered by steel plates from both sides. Prisoners are prevented from taking fresh-air breaks.

In the course of the 1988 massacre, a large number of prisoners were hanged in Gohardasht Prison where similar repressive measures were adopted at the time.
The Iranian Resistance warns the international community about the Iranian regime’s evil objectives in Gohardasht Prison, and urges the UN Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, relevant UN rapporteurs, the UN Security Council, EU member states, and all international human rights authorities to take urgent action to stop mass executions in Iran.

The NCRI further underlines the need to refer the case of human rights violations in Iran, particularly the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, to the UN Security Council and bring to justice those responsible for this crime against humanity. The international community’s silence and inaction with respect to this massacre emboldens Iran’s ruling theocracy in continuing the trend of mass executions of political prisoners.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 23, 2016