Appeal of the former political prisoners to the new UN human rights rapporteur in Iran

Appeal of the former political prisoners to the new UN human rights rapporteur in Iran

Published by on September 19, 2016

12092016-former-political-prisoners-asma-jahangirHUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SECRETARIAT
Mrs. Asma Jilani Jahangir
12– 09- 2016
We are a number of former political prisoners of Iran in different European countries, organized in an association named ‘’ Alliance of Former Political Prisoners of Iran.
Given the history of your struggle against fundamentalism and according to your humanitarian approach to the most vulnerable issues in the world, we are delighted to congratulate you on your new position as a Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran.
We would like to remind you of the ruthless-massacre of 30000 political prisoners in Iran by Khomeini and his Authorities in the summer of 1988.
After 28 years, an audio file from one of the political hierarchy that was Khomeini’s successors has recently published. It was part of the genocide unfolding for everybody to see. We are asking you to keep on raising your voice in international forums concerning these innocent martyrs.
Our main demand is the prosecution of those involved in the crime against humanity, people who now hold offices in government agencies. Without any doubt, this is one of the gloomiest points in the history of the Iranian nation – and it should never be forgotten.
The Union of Former Political Prisoners of Iran

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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.

We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;

1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.

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