Alex Carlile, a Liberal Democrat member of the UK’s House of Lords, writes about the tragic case of Nazanin Ratcliffe, a British charity worker accused of trying to overthrow the Iranian Regime.
She was arrested in April when she visited her parents in Iran so they could see her baby daughter, and was held without charge for five months. She was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment back in September on bogus national security charges, which are often used by Iran when they have no evidence.
The Lord of Berriew, who was co-chairman of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, stated that this was only the latest in a long line of human rights abuses by the Regime.
He cited recent revelations about the 1988 massacre, in which the Regime murdered over 30,000 political prisoners, including children and pregnant women. In August, a tape of a Death Commission meeting was revealed and it featured Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri criticizing the Committee for carrying out the fatwa of then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Geoffrey Robertson, the former U.N. tribunal chief judge on Sierra Leone, described the 1988 massacre which primarily targeted members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, or MEK), as one of the worst crimes against humanity since World War II, in his report for the UN.
Carlile, a former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation in the UK, wrote: “The Iranian regime has repeatedly tried to hide its crimes and discredit the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), for publicizing the massacre.”
He notes that the NCRI has hit back.
Their president-elect, Maryam Rajavi, said: “The recording is irrefutable evidence that leaders of the mullahs’ regime are responsible for crimes against humanity and the unprecedented genocide.”
While the NCRI published a list of nearly 60 regime members heavily involved in the massacre who still hold positions of power in Iran today.
Carlile wrote: “Rather than being punished, they have been protected and promoted.”
He continued: “Lest you think that 1988 was the last time that the Iranian regime ruthlessly murdered its opponents, there have been near 1,000 executions in the last 12 months, according to the U.N. secretary-general and the special rapporteur on Iran.”
Indeed, Iran is the leading state sponsor of terror, has the highest execution rate per capita in the world, and still implements horrific corporal punishments like public flogging, limb amputation and blinding with acid.
He calls on the UN to investigate the 1988 massacre and that the International Criminal Court needs to prosecute them.
The Iranian Regime cannot be allowed to get away with this.