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Crime Against Humanity: New Book on Iran Regime's Massacre of the Mujahedin-E Khalq MEK Presented at European Parliament

Crime against Humanity is a book containing the names of over 5,000 victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran
Crime against Humanity, published by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)

A new book “Crime Against Humanity” by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), unveiled at the European Parliament on Wednesday, lists the names of more than 5,000 people out of 30,000 political prisoners who were executed in Iran during the 1988 massacre.

The book also details the findings of 35 commissions looking into the atrocities and lists the locations of three dozen mass graves in Iran, The Washington Times reported on October 24, 2019.

"Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday used a book presentation to heap praise on the head of a leading Iranian dissident group while urging European Union member states to do more to confront Iran over human rights abuses," The Washington Times wrote.

The Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, has emerged as a leading expatriate dissident group battling the Iranian regime, it wrote.

"The majority of those killed in 1988 were members of the MEK. MEK leader Maryam Rajavi was the event’s keynote speaker, where she called for a 'firm European policy which necessarily requires lending support to the Iranian people’s resistance [in order] to establish democracy and popular sovereignty" in Iran."

Mrs. Rajavi said that recent events, which include confrontation with tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz and an attack on a major petroleum refinery in Saudi Arabia, are proof that her warning to the European Parliament two years ago was coming true: “I warned then that ‘if the ruling religious fascism in Iran is not dealt with decisively, they will impose a fatal war on the region and the world.’”

Several dozen EU parliamentarians attended the event for the release of the book, which was held in a committee meeting room at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, The Washington Times wrote.

Anna Fotyga, a Polish member of the legislature and a former minister of foreign affairs who chaired Wednesday’s proceedings, called on the European Union to “focus on human rights abuses when it comes to relations with Iran.”

Patrizia Toia, a Member of the European Parliament from Italy, told Mrs. Rajavi, “You have our full support in your struggle to achieve freedom and democracy for your people.”

Background to Iran’s 1988 massacre:

  • More than 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in Iran in the summer of 1988.
  • The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by Khomeini.
  • The vast majority of ofthe victims were activists of the opposition PMOI (MEK).
  • Death Commissions approved all the death sentences.
  • Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the Death Commissions, is today Iran’s Judiciary Chief.
  • Alireza Avaei, a member of the Death Commissions, is today Hassan Rouhani’s Justice Minister.
  • The perpetrators of the 1988 massacre have never been brought to justice.
  • On August 9, 2016, an audiotape was published for the first time of Khomeini’s former heir acknowledging that the 1988 massacre took place and had been ordered at the highest levels.

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