News : Human rights
- Published: Monday, 09 December 2019
The Iranian regime has a long background in massacring its opponents. In 1988, the Islamic Republic’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the mass execution of political prisoners. He sought to remove a substantial threat to his regime by the physical removal of any opposition.
More than 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the main opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), were executed under Khomeini’s fatwa in the summer of 1988.
At the time, perpetrators of the 1988 massacre cut off any communication between inside prisons and society. They even canceled all vacations of prison guards to prevent news of their horrible crime from leaking outside. The victims’ families were merely informed after the end of the mass killing when the regime’s agents asked them to pay the bullets price in exchange for delivering their loved ones’ items.
On November 17, current supreme leader Ali Khamenei followed his predecessor to cover up his crime against humanity. He shut down the internet in parallel with issuing the order to murderer protesters with live ammunition. Once again, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) personnel poured into streets to save the regime against the people’s rage. They shot innocent people in heads and chests to quell the Iranians’ will for a bright and prosperous tomorrow.
However, Khamenei was unaware that today each Iranian person is a witness, a reporter, and a journalist who documents the regime’s crimes to offer testimony to the international courts. The regime supreme leader was also unaware that opening direct fire and slaughtering the people with axes and cleavers won’t be forgotten, nor forgiven.
On December 6, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the fatal murderer of the Iranian people, describing the regime’s crackdown on protests as “an indiscriminate, horrifying and deadly reaction by the security forces.”
“According to reports, members of the Basij militia and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) were involved in shooting protestors… Verified video footage indicates severe violence was used against protesters, including armed members of security forces shooting from the roof of a justice department building in one city, and from helicopters in another,” Bachelet added.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also indicated that “At least 208 people were killed, including 13 women and 12 children.” The real figures, however, are much higher.
Remarkably, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) earlier acknowledged that the number of the death toll is more than a, in addition to 4,000 injured, and more than 12,000 arrested. The MEK released the name of more than 300 protesters who were killed by Iranian security forces during the nationwide protests.
Bachelet continued, “We have also received footage which appears to show security forces shooting unarmed demonstrators from behind while they were running away and shooting others directly in the face and vital organs – in other words shooting to kill. These are clear violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, and serious violations of human rights.”
Notably, Amnesty International issued several condemnation statements about the horrific killing of the people and wide arrests. “This alarming death toll is further evidence that Iran’s security forces went on a horrific killing spree, that left at least 208 people dead in less than a week. This shocking death toll displays the Iranian authorities’ shameful disregard for human life,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
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