Taboo broken on 1988 mass executions in Iran

Taboo broken on 1988 mass executions in Iran

Published by on September 7, 2016

4The release of an old audio recording in Iran has partly lifted the veil from one of the Islamic Republic’s most taboo subjects: the 1988 mass execution of political prisoners.
The summary execution of thousands of prisoners after the end of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War has long been subject to a strict media blackout inside Iran.
But the publication of the recording of a meeting between Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri (pictured above) – a former leading figure in the Islamic system who later fell out of favour – and officials implicated in the killings has prompted the first stirrings of debate on the incident in Iran’s media.

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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.
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