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News: Iran human rights

Online conference on Canada's role to get justice over Iran's 1988 massacre

NCRI - An online conference was hosted on September 1 by the website of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) about the role that Canada can play to gain justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

Judy Sgro (Canadian Liberal MP), Jared Genser (Founder of Freedom Now) and Dowlat Nowrouzi (NCRI Representative in the UK) discussed the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.

Watch the online conference here: 

Background: 

In the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini.

The facts:

• 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 the victims were activists of the opposition PMOI (MEK).

• A Death Committee approved all the death sentences.

• Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, a member of the Death Committee, is today Hassan Rouhani’s Justice Minister.

• The perpetrators of the 1988 massacre have never been brought to justice.

• On August 9, 2016, an audio tape was published for the first time of Khomeini’s former heir acknowledging that that massacre took place and had been ordered at the highest levels.

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