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Anglo-Iranians commemorate 1988 massacre in Iran

NCRI – A group of Anglo-Iranians are on the third day of a hunger strike in London to raise attention to the horrific mass executions that are taking place in Iran by the mullahs’ regime. Their three-day hunger strike, which began on Saturday, coincides with the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

On Sunday, August 7, 2016, a large number of Anglo-Iranians and their British supporters joined the hunger strikers at a rally opposite Downing Street condemning the mass execution of Sunni political prisoners in Iran last week.

A human rights exhibition was put up and symbolic mock executions were held to show the brutal realities facing political prisoners in Iran.

In the summer of 1988, some 30,000 political prisoners, the vast majority affiliated to the main opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), were summarily and extra-judicially executed by the mullahs’ regime. The majority of those executed were either serving prison sentences for their political activities or had already finished their sentences but were still kept in prison.

The Iranian authorities have mass executed scores of people in the past few days, and over 2500 people have been hanged during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani.

The hunger strikers and protesters are urging the UK government to categorically condemn the incessant cruel hangings that are taking place unabatedly in Iran and act with its Western allies to press for an immediate halt to the executions and torture in Iran. They also called on the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council to refer the human rights dossier of the mullahs’ regime to the International Criminal Court for the prosecution of its leaders including the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.

The rally will continue on Monday at 3pm opposite Downing Street.

Last Tuesday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the mass execution of Sunni prisoners in Gohardasht Prison, carried out on the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, an appalling crime against humanity. The regime is trying in vain to contain the volatile social atmosphere and popular protests by terrorizing the public, she said.

The time has come for the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council to end their silence and bring the record of the Iranian regime’s crimes before the International Criminal Court. Ali Khamenei and other leaders of the regime as well as direct perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice, Maryam Rajavi reiterated.