62 pregnant women and 789 minors amongst the executed in the mass execution of 1988 in Iran

62 pregnant women and 789 minors amongst the executed in the mass execution of 1988 in Iran

Published by on September 9, 2016

massacre-1988At least two more senior Iranian officials have been implicated in the 1988 massacre which killed 30,000 political prisoners, according to CNS News.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and former president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, have joined the likes of Justice Minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, and Ali Fallahian, who sits on the Assembly of Experts, in being accused of orchestrating and carrying out the mass murders.
This follows on from the release of an audio recording last month which revealed the existence of death commissions. In the recording, Hossein Ali Montazeri, former heir to supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini, can be heard telling the committees that killing was the wrong way to resists ideas.
He said: “It is, in my opinion, the greatest crime committed during the Islamic Revolution for which history will condemn us.”
Among those slaughtered and buried in mass graves were 62 pregnant women and 789 minors, which breaks even Iran’s draconian code.
William Bourdon, a French lawyer, said: “It is time that the United Nations, for instance, starts, looking at the 1988 massacre by the Iranian regime. We are now calling upon the international community in order to take actions against the Tehran regime.”

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which 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 Khomeini.

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