News : Human rights
- Published: Saturday, 09 November 2019
The Iranian diaspora, supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), held a rally outside the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva simultaneous with the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran, on November 8, 2019.
Pictures of several 1988 massacre victims, members and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI.MEK), displayed in an exhibition in Nation sq.
Welcoming the participants, Ms. Neda Amani from the Iranian Youth Association in Switzerland introduced the speakers.
Florence Laurence Fehlmann Rielle, Swiss Federal Parliament member; Alfred Zayas, former UN rapporteur and Professor of International Relations in Geneva University; Christiane Perregaux, and Daniel Neeser, priest and a longtime supporter of the Iranian Resistance, addressed the crowd.
Nov 8-Genève— Dowlat Nowrouzi (@DowlatNowrouzi) November 8, 2019
Supporters of #PMOI & families of victims #1988Massacre held an exhibition in front of UN, demanding @UN_HRC & its member states 2 hold #Iran Regime accountable 4 #CrimeAgainstHumanity, #HumanRights abuses & #NoImpunity4Mullahs as the regime undergoes #UPR34 #UPRIran pic.twitter.com/enN5bfAVlF
Mr. Yazdan Afsharpoor from the Political Prisoners Association and an eyewitness of the 1988 massacre discussed the gross violation of human rights in Iran under the mullahs' barbarian dictatorship.
Simultaneous with the third session of UPR, the Justice-seeking movement about the 1988 massacre is advancing. The participants in the rally called on the international community to support the Justice movement.
In a two hundred-page report, Amnesty International announced that the crime against humanity still continuous in Iran.
Pointing to this reality that crimes against humanity are not subject to the statute of limitation, Amnesty stressed that the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre who are still in high positions in Iran, must be brought before a justice without impunity.
Ebrahim Raisi, regime's head of Judiciary, was a key figure in the Death Commission, responsible for sending 30,000 political prisoners, mainly the MEK members and supporters, to the gallows in cold blood in just a few months in the summer of 1988. Alireza Avai, Justice Minister of the so-called moderate President Hassan Rouhani, was also a member of the Death Commission in the Southern province of Khuzestan.
The Iranian authorities also continue to commit the ongoing crime against humanity of enforced disappearance by systematically concealing the fate or whereabouts of several thousand imprisoned political dissidents who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret between July and September 1988, Amnesty International pointed out.
I was honored to join several distinguished US officials, including @SenTedCruz, in the #Senate this week to discuss #Iran's malign activities & US #policy in the region. #Terrorism @SecPompeo @StateDeptSpox @POTUS @HouseForeign #Congress #IranSanctions #MaximumPressure 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Xu1lgZwkQ5— Ivan Sascha Sheehan (@ProfSheehan) November 8, 2019
It is worth mentioning that the horrible record of human rights in Iran has already been reviewed at the UN Human Rights Commission in February 2010 and October 2014.
Participant at the rally demanded the human rights dossier be referred to the United Nations Security Council and all perpetrators of the 1988 massacre to stand trial before international tribunals and courts.
A new book “Crime Against Humanity” published by the MEK and unveiled in the European Parliament last month, lists the names of more than 5,000 MEK members out of 30,000 political prisoners who were executed in Iran during the 1988 massacre.
The book also details the findings of 35 commissions looking into the atrocities and lists the locations of three dozen mass graves in Iran.