Iranian Communities in Europe Hold Seminar in Paris
Maryam Rajavi urges international community to prosecute officials responsible for 1988 massacre and stop executions in Iran
On the first day of the seminar of Iranian communities in Europe on Saturday, September 3, 2016, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on the international community and western governments to bring to justice the Iranian regime’s leaders in international tribunals for committing crime against humanity in Iran, particularly the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988.
Maryam Rajavi praised the perseverance of the 30,000 massacred political prisoners in adhering to the cause of the Iranian people’s freedom and denounced the West’s silence and inaction vis-à-vis the clerical regime’s continuation of its crimes against humanity in Iran. She said: Standing up to the violations of human rights in Iran is also the responsibility of Western governments, because its consequences do not remain within Iran. The terrorism and fundamentalism emanating from it, have been hurting defenseless people in Nice, Paris, Brussels.
The first day of the two-day seminar featured a number of international personalities including Edward Rendell, Chairman of the Democratic National Convention in July 2016 and former Governor of Pennsylvania; Bernard Kouchner, former Foreign Minister of France and founder of Doctors without Borders; Struan Stevenson, president of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA); and Dr. Tahar Boumedra, former UN Human Rights Chief in Iraq and in charge of the case of Ashraf at the UN; and Mehdi Same’e, chairman of the Industries Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and spokesman for the People’s Fedayee Guerrilla Organization of Iran, Kak Baba Sheikh Secretary-General of the Organization of Iranian Kurdistan Struggle (Khebat) and Mr Yasin Ahwazi from the Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz who attended and spoke to the seminar.
Hundreds of representatives of Iranian communities, most of which are youths’ associations, converged from various European countries to launch the Iranian communities’ worldwide campaign to obtain justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre and end the executions in Iran. From among them, a number of relatives of the massacred prisoners and former political prisoners spoke about their bitter memories and experiences of this horrific catastrophe and clerical regime’s medieval prisons.
Referring to Mr. Montazeri’s audio file on the 1988 massacre, Maryam Rajavi said: The recent revelation has provoked a wave of wrath, protest, query, and a movement to obtain justice, among the people of Iran. The mullahs are shaking as the regime and the principle of Velayat-e Faqih have been undermined among the Iranian public while popular support for the Mojahedin has grown. At the same time, the regime has been cracked at numerous points and the majority of the regime’s senior clerics have refrained from defending the anti-Islamic fatwa for the massacre.
Addressing the Iranian regime’s leaders who continue to defend this horrifying crime, Maryam Rajavi challenged them to publish the manuscript of Khomeini’s fatwa in the state television and media. She also demanded public release of the minutes of the trials of the massacred prisoners, handing over of their last wills to their relatives, announcement of the complete and so-far concealed list of the victims and locations of their graves, as well as publication of the names of death commission members in all the Iranian provinces.
Maryam Rajavi emphasized that demanding justice for the 30,000 victims of the 1988 massacre is part of the campaign to overthrow the Iranian regime. She called on the Iranian public to rise in support and solidarity to expand the movement.
A moving photo exhibition of the massacred prisoners and information on the masterminds of this catastrophe was on display during the seminar and visited by the participants.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
September 3, 2016