‘Oscar’ to brave mother of slain activist from her compatriots

‘Oscar’ to brave mother of slain activist from her compatriots

Published by on February 28, 2017

Stop-The-Death-Penalty activist mother, Shahin Tajmir, posted a message on her Facebook account after in his message read at the Oscar ceremonies, the Iranian film maker Ali Asghar Farhadi failed to address Iran’s appalling human rights record.

In her message Mrs Tajmir said: “Just once, only once, watch the footage of my innocent son getting crushed under the wheels of the State Security Force vehicle.

“And then judge for yourself which film deserves to win the Oscar? Your film or the film of my son getting killed for defending humanity?

“Yours is a film, a play… But the film of my son, Amir Arshad Tajmir, getting crushed is a painful reality which will remain forever in history… But I have received my Oscar, which is a world of love, from the honourable people of my country.”

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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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