In an inhuman crime, the religious fascism ruling Iran, intends to destroy the mass graves of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, in Khavaran cemetery in a bid to cover up evidence of this huge crime against humanity. To this end, the clerical regime has resorted to a double crime against the Baha’i compatriots in order to force them to bury their dead in Khavaran, an issue that the Baha’i community has protested to as well.
Destroying the graves of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre to eliminate evidence of the crime against humanity is a well-known practice of the clerical regime. Prior to this, the graves of the martyrs of the 80s and the massacre of 1988 in many other cities, including Ahvaz, Tabriz, and Mashhad were destroyed. Also in 2017, the graves of the martyrs in Behesht-e Reza Cemetery in Mashhad and Vadi-e Rahmat in Tabriz were destroyed, and in late July 2018, under the pretext of building a boulevard, the graves of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre in Ahvaz were demolished and cemented.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) condemned the clerical regime’s inhuman act of demolishing the graves of the martyrs and destroying evidence of crimes and urged for its firm condemnation by the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Security Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Human Rights Council. She also urged them to take immediate measures to prevent the continued destruction of the graves of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre, as well as to prevent pressure and coercion against the Baha’is.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 24, 2021