Iran: We don’t have any fear of being executed

Iran: We don’t have any fear of being executed

Published by on September 7, 2016

akbari-monfaredA political prisoner, who lost his brothers and sister during the 1988 massacre, has written an open letter condemning the actions of the Justice Minister who served on the death committee during the period.
Reza Akbari Monfared, imprisoned in the notorious Gohardasht prison, said in the letter that his siblings were murdered by the regime but the stress and heartache took his mother’s life too.
In his letter, he said: “[The] ‘Justice’ Minister’s blustering is an attempt to justify his role in the massacre. A bloody-minded person whose name is Pour-Mohammadi is the justice minister of Rouhani’s ‘moderate?!’ administration.”
Pour-Mohammadi recently appeared in front of the press to defend his role in the massacre which turned into him blaming the victims and threatening their families.
He also threatened Ali Motahari (the deputy chief of Iran’s parliament who asked Pour-Mohammadi to apologise for the massacre) and Ahamad Montazeri (who released the audio tape revealing the regime’s role in the massacre).
His family was denied the ability to bury their relatives or hold a public memorial service. During a private funeral at their house, security agents raided and took many mourners prisoner.
Now, Monfared, states that he doesn’t fear the regime because they can’t subject him to that any more.
He said: “We don’t have any fear of being executed, and by sacrificing our lives we proudly declare these massacres and crimes have nothing to do with Islam and our prophet.”

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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.

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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