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Arab Federation for Human Rights Calls for Prosecution of Perpetrators of 1988 Massacre in Iran

NCRI – Arab Federation for Human Rights issued a statement calling for UN investigation into mass executions of 30,000 Iranian political prisoners in 1988.

According to Al-Arabiya net Farsi on November 3, the Federation declared its full support for the global campaign to prosecute leaders of the Iranian regime responsible for what it describes as the “massacre of political prisoners in mid-1988 in Iran.”

This human rights organization called on the UN Security Council and General Assembly especially Arabic and European member countries on the one hand, and the Human Rights Council and High Commissioner for Human Rights on the other hand, to take appropriate measures that would guarantee adoption of resolutions for international investigation into these executions and trial of those responsible so that the Iranian regime officials face the consequences of massive human rights violations in Iran.

According to the Federation’s statement, “Impunity for criminals, especially those who still hold high positions in the regime, would encourage them to continue committing more heinous crimes against the people of Iran and other countries.”

“Arab Federation for Human Rights calls on Arab Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Arabic and International non-governmental and human rights organizations to strongly condemn this crime against humanity that is in stark contrast with (and violation of) all international covenants and laws and the Islamic and human values. The Federation urges them to try to use regional and international mechanisms to realize accountability and punishment of the officials responsible for these crimes against humanity so that justice is served for the victims who are oppressed because of lack of the support that the international community should have provided them,” the statement adds.

In 1988, Khomeini (Supreme Leader of Iranian regime at the time) issued a fatwa for execution of all political prisoners. As the result, in a few months several thousand political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), as well as leftist groups and other political activists and ethnic minorities, were executed and secretly buried in mass graves.
According to an audio recording of Ayatollah Montazeri (Khomeini’s former heir) that leaked out in August 2016, pregnant women and young children were among the political prisoners executed in 1988 massacre in Iran.