They have called on the UN Security Council and General Assembly, especially the European and Arabic member states, and the Human Rights Council and High Commissioner for Human Rights, to start an international investigation into the massacre and bring those responsible to trial.

Otherwise, the Federation warns, this impunity would encourage the Regime leaders to “continue committing more heinous crimes against the people of Iran and other countries”.

Their statement read: “Arab Federation for Human Rights calls on Arab Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Arabic and International non-governmental and human rights organizations to strongly condemn this crime against humanity that is in stark contrast with (and violation of) all international covenants and laws and the Islamic and human values. The Federation urges them to try to use regional and international mechanisms to realize accountability and punishment of the officials responsible for these crimes against humanity so that justice is served for the victims who are oppressed because of lack of the support that the international community should have provided them.”

The 1988 massacre of political prisoners began after the then-Supreme Leader, Khomeini, issued a fatwa demanding their execution.

Over a period of a few months, 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), were murdered and secretly buried in mass graves.

An audio recording of Ayatollah Montazeri (Khomeini’s former heir), that leaked in August 2016, revealed that the Regime also executed pregnant women and young children.