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UN’s Experts call for Investigation of 1988 Massacre in Iran — December 2020

December 2020 — Seven United Nations human rights experts have written a letter to Iran’s regime describing the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners as “crimes against humanity.”

Iran’s regime carried out the massacre in the summer of 1988 based on a fatwa by then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. More than 30,000 political prisoners were massacred. The vast majority of the victims were activists of the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran ( PMOI-MEK).

The letter by the Special Rapporteurs, dated September 3, 2020, has only just been made public by the UN.
It calls on the Iranian regime to prosecute the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre. It adds that if Tehran continues to refuse to uphold its obligations under international human rights law, the UN experts call on the international community to launch its own investigation into the massacre “including through the establishment of an international investigation.”

The UN experts wrote: “In 1988, the Iranian authorities forcibly disappeared and extra judicially executed thousands of imprisoned political dissidents affiliated with political opposition groups”
President-elect of the NCRI called the report “a major and qualitative step in the advancement of the movement for justice for the victims of that massacre.”

Mrs. Rajavi noted that the report, which emphasizes the regime’s non-compliance with its “obligations under international human rights law,” including the non-disclosure of the fate and burial place of those executed, heightens the need to refer this dossier on the ongoing crime against humanity to the UN Security Council, and to bring to account the officials and perpetrators of this great crime of the century.

Originally published at on December 16, 2020.



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