Mass murder cover up – Iranian regime destroying mass graves

Mass murder cover up – Iranian regime destroying mass graves

Published by on April 30, 2018

During the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime executed More than 30,000 political prisoners were executed extra-judicially in the summer of 1988 and buried horridly in mass graves across the country.

Since then, the families of the victims have been searching for their relatives’ resting place. The campaign calling for justice for the victims of the massacre has gained momentum.

Amnesty International published a report today called “Criminal Cover-Up – Iran Destroying Mass Graves of Victims of 1988 Killings”, in which it expressed grave concern that “by taking steps to destroy the mass grave sites of the victims of the 1988 prison killings, the Iranian authorities are destroying vital forensic evidence and depriving the victims’ families, as well as society as a whole, of their rights to truth, justice and reparation.”

Amnesty International said: “These tactics are destroying key evidence that could be used to establish the truth about the scale of the crimes and obtain justice and reparations for the victims and their families. These sites have been under constant surveillance by security agencies, which suggests that judicial, intelligence and security bodies are involved in the decision-making processes related to their desecration and destruction.”

The report said that the areas being destroyed are “crime scenes” and they need to be protected “until proper and independent forensic investigations are carried out to identify the remains and the circumstances of what happened to the victims”.

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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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