Paris Remembers Iran's 1988 Massacre, Urges UN Action to Stop the "Ongoing Crime Against Humanity"
An event commemorating Iran's 1988 massacre of political prisoners was held on Friday in Paris District 1's City Hall.
The conference, titled, “Iran: Massacred Human Rights: 31st anniversary of massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988,” brought together French lawmakers, mayors and human rights activists who appealed to the French government and the United Nations to hold Iranian officials accountable for their "ongoing crime against humanity."
Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi sent a message to the conference, saying: "The time has come for the international community to end three decades of impunity for the clerical regime’s leaders in accounting for their crimes."
"The dossier of human rights violations in Iran, particularly the massacre in 1988, must be referred to the UN Security Council," Mrs. Rajavi said.
The Regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other regime officials must face justice for committing crimes against humanity, she said.
"The United Nations must launch an international mission to investigate the 1988 massacre in Iran," Mrs. Rajavi added. "And the world must recognize the Iranian people’s right to resist and fight for the overthrow of the ruling religious fascism."
Michèle de Vaucouleurs, a member of France's National Assembly, told the conference: "We are on your side. We will continue to stand together for freedom in Iran."
Ms. de Vaucouleurs, who chairs the French Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran (CPID), later tweeted: "Let's remember that 31 years ago, 30 000 political prisoners were executed by the mullahs' regime. This massacre must not be forgotten and must not remain unpunished."
#1988Massacre hommage au côté de Jean-François Legaret -@Mairiedu1 - souvenons qu’il y a 31 ans 30 000 prisonniers politiques furent exécutés par le régime des Mollahs, cette tuerie ne doit pas être oubliée, ne dois pas rester impuni #Iran #DevoirDeMemoire #cpid pic.twitter.com/cOwIsOr0CF— MichèledeVaucouleurs (@MdeVaucouleurs) August 30, 2019
Jean-François Legaret, Mayor of Paris' District 1, told the conference: "Beyond our solidarity, we must remember the international principles against mass killings, especially that of the 1988 massacre in Iran. There must be no impunity for the mullahs in Iran."
Other speakers at the event included French mayors Guy Schmidt and Jean-Claude Jegoudez, former French lawmakers Jean-Pierre Brard and François Colcombet, NCRI Women's Committee Chair Sarvnaz Chitsaz, and NCRI Representative in France Dr. Saleh Radjavi.
Survivors of the 1988 massacre and victims' relatives gave first-hand accounts of the atrocities committed by the mullahs' regime.
Background on 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 the victims were activists of the opposition People's Mojahedin (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK).
• Death Commissions approved all the death sentences.
• 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 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.
• It's time for the UN to investigate Iran's 1988 massacre.