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Demonstration in Berlin seeks justice for victims of 1988 massacre in Iran

NCRI – German-Iranian communities and supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) staged a major demonstration in protest to the wave of executions in Iran and in solidarity with the “Movement to Obtain Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre,” in Berlin on Saturday, September 3.

Condemning the rise of the executions during Rouhani’s tenure, the participants called for an international tribunal to prosecute Iran regime’s officials for crime against humanity.

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.