Iran plans to destroy the mass graves of the victims of the 1988 prisons massacre

Iran plans to destroy the mass graves of the victims of the 1988 prisons massacre

Published by on June 2, 2017

The Iranian regime plans to demolish a mass grave in Ahvaz which is the burial place of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. This location was detected by volunteers who prepare reports for Sima TV after talking to martyrs’ families.

The mass grave is located next to Ahvaz’s Heaven-yard cemetery. The Iranian regime intends to remove all evidence buried in this mass grave by expanding a residential plan next to this location.

In a report on 1 June 2017 Amnesty International has warned that the destruction of this cemetery that contains the remains of at least 44 persons, who have been executed, would eliminate vital evidence of massacred political prisoners and reduce opportunities to bring the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre to justice.

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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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