Mothers of martyrs demand trial of the regime leaders for the massacre

Mothers of martyrs demand trial of the regime leaders for the massacre

Published by on September 4, 2017

Laleh Park Mothers, a group of activist mothers in Iran, including mothers of the martyrs of 1988 massacre of political prisoners and mothers of the martyrs of the 2009 uprising and mothers of other executed victims, in a statement issued on Thursday 31 August 2017 called for trial for the Iranian regime’s officials responsible for the massacre of the political prisoners in the summer of 1988.

In their statement, Laleh Park Mothers also supported the legitimate demands of the hunger striking political prisoners in Gohardasht prison.

Part of their statement has been translated below:

On the 29th anniversary of the mass killings of the political prisoners in the summer of 1988, we step into a phase that we are almost able to clarify part of the truth about the killing of political prisoners during the 1980s, especially the massacre of prisoners in the summer of 1988. These prisoners had been sentenced to prison terms but later were sentenced to death following trials that lasted a few minutes behind closed doors and then were executed…

We are independent currents that aim to raise the voice of the plaintiffs who seek justice in Iran, and we are also seriously following why and how these crimes occurred.

… we have witnessed that the cover up of the killing of political activists in the 1980s resulted in continuation of imprisonment, torture and execution of political and social activists, and there is not a single day that we do not witness the silencing of the voice of libertarians in prisons and outside prisons in Iran and even guild and civil activists are struggling for their simplest rights.

The closest example is the risk to the lives of a number of political prisoners in Gohardasht prison in Karaj who are on hunger strike to achieve their most obvious rights and protesting their compulsory transfer to the max-security hall that the Islamic Republic must be held accountable for and respond.

We have a deep belief in the achievement of freedom and democracy, but there is no way other than putting on fair and public trials and bringing to justice the masterminds and perpetrators of the killing of political prisoners in the 1980s and all other crimes committed by the officials of the Islamic Republic that were decided in unfair trials and often behind closed doors. We must make clear to the people why and how these crimes were perpetrated so that we can gain freedom and pave the way for 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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