No price is too high for freedom and yet no one can imagine the price paid for freedom in Iran, particularly by thousands and thousands of young Iranian adherents of the MEK’s quest for freedom. The exhibition seeks to put merely a glimpse of this sacrifice on display.
In the summer of 1988, the regime was forced to accept a cease-fire in the war with Iraq, a major blow to its warmongering. The regime then embarked on the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, primarily from the MEK. It buried the victims in secret mass graves to hide evidence of its crimes. Khomeini, in the role of Supreme Leader, had directly ordered the executions with a fatwa (religious decree). His fatwa called for the execution of all political prisoners affiliated to the PMOI/MEK who remained loyal to the organization. ‘Death Commissions’ were formed across Iran sending political prisoners who refused to renounce their support for the MEK to the gallows.
EXAMPLES OF QUESTIONS ASKED BY ‘DEATH COMMISSIONS’ TO DETERMINE THE FATE OF PRISONERS
- Are you prepared to denounce the PMOI/MEK and is leadership?
- Are you prepared to express “repentance” about your political opinions and activities?
- Do you declare loyalty to the Islamic Republic?
- Are you willing to join the armed forces of the Islamic Republic and fight against the PMOI/MEK?
- Are you willing to hang a member of the PMOI/MEK?
Some Death Commission members still hold senior positions in the regime, including:
- Judiciary Chief: Ebrahim Raisi in 1988 was Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor and member of the Tehran Death Commission.
- Justice Minister: Alireza Avaei was a prosecutor and member of the Death Commission in Dezful. Regime’s President Hassan Rouhani appointed him as Iran’s Justice Minister in 2018.
- Deputy Speaker of Parliament: Abdolreza Mesri was a member of the Kermanshah Death Commission. He was appointed Deputy Majlis Speaker in May 2019.
- Advisor to the Judiciary Chief: Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi was a member of the Tehran Death Commission. Since 2018, he holds the position of advisor to Iran’s Judiciary Chief.
- Vice President of the Supreme Court: Hossein-Ali Nayyeri headed the Tehran Death Commission. He is currently Vice President of the Supreme Court.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi has called on the United Nations to set up a commission of inquiry into the 1988 massacre and bring justice for the victims of that crime against humanity.