Jim Fitzpatrick MP demands accountability over Iran’s 1988 massacre

Jim Fitzpatrick MP demands accountability over Iran’s 1988 massacre

Published by on August 16, 2016

Jim-FitzpatrickA British Parliamentarian has spoken out about the mass executions in Iran; the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political opponents and more recent crimes against humanity.
Jim Fitzpatrick MP said: “Somebody should be held to account. There should be an enquiry, there should be charges levelled. Somebody has to be held responsible for the deaths of these people whose only crime was [being the political] opposition to Ayatollah Khomeini.”
The Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse cited Amnesty International’s report on capital punishment which stated that nearly 1,000 executions were carried out in Iran in 2015.
He said that as a result of the continuing exceptions, British MPs had been calling on the government to be more critical of the Iranian regime and condemn their executions of political opponents, especially children.
In the summer of 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners, were summarily and extra-judicially executed by the mullahs’ regime 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.

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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