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Geneva: Iran's 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners Condemned by UN

  • Posted on:  Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:43

Coinciding with the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva, a conference titled “Impunity and International Justice – 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners – From 1988 to 2017” was held at the invitation of five non-government organizations ranked as UN advisers. Political dignitaries, jurists, and human rights personalities also took part in this gathering.

The speakers condemned the wave of executions and inhumane crimes by the mullahs’ regime against the Iranian people.

Dr. Taher Boumedra, a former UN human rights office chief in Iraq, emphasized the UN had been following the massacre in 1988. 

Professor Reynaldo Galindo Pohl received information from the victims’ families daily as the events unfolded. There is also a list of mass graves and the locations that have been identified, which was described as a major breakthrough.

Currently, the UN and all its apparatus and mechanisms have placed the 1988 massacre on their agenda. The results of the past six months of their work will be presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran with the goal of establishing an investigative commission on this issue.

Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former European Parliament vice president, praised the report about the victims. He added that the 1988 massacre of political prisoners is considered the biggest massacre of political prisoners since the end of World War II.

Professor Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, a UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, welcomed the new report issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, especially its focus on the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners.

Azadeh Zabeti, deputy chair of the Iranian Lawyers Committee in the UK. Although this massacre took place 28 years ago, the victims’ families deserve justice for their loved ones, she added.

Ms. Zohre Bizhan Yar, a family member of a 1988 massacre victim, delivered a speech describing how her sister, Zahra, was arrested and executed during the carnage. She also highlighted the suffering her family had gone through due to their loss, and the inhumane pressures imposed by the mullahs. The world must know what took place in Iran in 1988, as these crimes are continuing today.


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