Paris exhibition commemorates martyrs of the 1988 massacre of prisoners in Iran

Paris exhibition commemorates martyrs of the 1988 massacre of prisoners in Iran

Published by on August 18, 2017

An exhibition is organised by Jean-François Legaret, the Mayor of District 1 municipality of Paris at the town hall this week. On Thursday, 17 August Mr Legaret along with other French mayors visited the exhibition and took part in a meeting where human rights defenders, dignitaries, and European politicians called for the formation of an international commission of inquiry into the massacre of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988 and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

In addition to Mr Legaret, several French mayors including Armand Jacquemin, mayor of Moussy Le Vieux, Jean-Claude Jegoudez, mayor of Grisy-Sur-Seine, and Jacky Duminy, mayor of Ors participated.

The speakers stressed that the issue of human rights should be at the core of the West’s policy on Iran. They urged the UN, EU and the US to put the issue of flagrant and systematic violation of human rights in Iran on the top of their agenda.

Governor Yves Bonnet, the former head of France’s domestic anti-terrorism organization; Struan Stevenson, President of “European Iraqi Freedom Association” and former President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq, were also among the speakers.


In his remarks, Mr Stevenson condemned the recent trip of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to Iran and said: “Rouhani has been hailed in the West as a moderate and a reformist, despite the fact that more than 3,500 people, including 80 women, have been executed during the four years he has been in office, catapulting Iran into pole position as the world’s number one state executioner per capita. Several hundred people have been executed so far this year, including women and teenagers. Three days before Mogherini arrived in Tehran, Amnesty International published a 94-page report highlighting the ‘web of oppression’ that pervades Iran and detailing the catastrophic human rights situation in the country.”

He added: “The French government and the EU should also be demanding a full United Nations inquiry into the 1988 massacre, with Khamenei, Rouhani and their clique of killer clerics indicted for crimes against humanity and brought for trial before the international courts in The Hague.”

In the summer of 1988 more than 30,000 political prisoners were murdered based on the fatwa by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the clerical regime. In spite of the ruling mullahs’ attempts to impose silence on this crime against humanity, the movement calling for justice for the victims of the massacre in Iran has expanded throughout the Iranian society since last year and has evolved into a public issue.

Over the past four years, the mullahs’ president Hassan Rouhani had appointed Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, one of the key officials in charge of the 1988 massacre, as Minister of Justice. The new Justice Minister for his second term, Alireza Avaie, is another one of the perpetrators of the massacre, who has been already designated as a violator of human rights by the European Union.

A number of relatives of the victims and individuals who spent years in prison in Iran and were tortured shared their observations with the audience during the exhibition.


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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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