Geneva conference calls for inquiry into 1988 prisoners massacre in Iran

Geneva conference calls for inquiry into 1988 prisoners massacre in Iran

Published by on September 24, 2018

In a conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, human rights defenders and activists called for investigation regarding the execution of thousands of Iranian prisoners in 1988.
The conference also urged to bring the perpetrators to justice. Many of them, Surprisingly hold important positions  in the Iranian regime.

Ruhollah Khomeini, Supreme Leader of the Iranian regime, issued a fatwa in 1988, in which he ordered all political and conscience prisoners to be executed unless they repented their believes. Tens of thousands of prisoners were tried in 15-minute trials and more than 30,000 people were executed in the span of a few months.

The event, which many have described as one of the worst crimes against humanity after the Second World War, has become known as the 1988 massacre. Jurists and human rights defenders have constantly called for an independent probe into the crime and the perpetrators to be brought to justice in international criminal courts.


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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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2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
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