Iran: Bipartisan Support of UK Lawmakers and MEPs

Iran: Bipartisan Support of UK Lawmakers and MEPs

Published by on October 9, 2016

british-parliament45 British law makers and MEPs, issued a statement to support the international movement to obtain justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, and called for the trial of the perpetrators of this crime against humanity, following is the full text of the statement:
STATEMENT ON IRAN
Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran in 1988 A newly released audio file of Ayatollah Montrazeri, former successor to Khomeini, in 1988, reveals new evidence about the massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners in Iran’s prisons in the summer of 1988 including women and children and all political prisoners who supported the opposition movement of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI).
This massacre was carried out following a fatwa by the Supreme Leader Khomeini, who ordered all political prisoners loyal to the PMOI to be immediately executed.
In the new audio recording, Montazeri, comments that “these executions was the biggest crime that has occurred in the Islamic Republic and that the world will not forgive us for this crime”.
Human rights abuses and execution continue today in Iran because of the impunity enjoyed by authorities of the Iranian regime in the past three and half decades.
According to survivors’ account, those in charge of the massacre go unpunished and are currently appointed in high positions of the lranian government including Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Minister of Justice, and Hossein Ali Nayeri, Head of Administrative Court for the Judges.
In their efforts to end these decades-long atrocities, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its President-elect, Mrs Maryam Rajavi, have presented a 10-point plan for future Iran that envisions a democratic, secular republic in Iran with the abolition of death penalty and torture as well as establishing the rule of law and respect for the United Nations Charter.
We urge the Government to recognise and condemn this brutal massacre as a crime against humanity and ask the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Human Rights Council, the General Assembly and the Security Council to order an investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.
We further urge the Government to back the efforts of Iranian people and the NCRI to make Mrs Rajavi’s 10-point democratic platform a reality in Iran.

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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.
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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