The Iranian regime’s agents have attacked Amnesty International for calling attention to the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, who were mostly members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK).
Iraj Mesdaghi, an infiltrator and intelligence agent, was one of many Iranian sleeper cells who was activated following the report’s publication, with the message that Amnesty International cannot be forgiven for identifying the martyrs of the 1988 massacre, arrested and killed for political activism. They also want to know why then-Iranian prime minister Mir Hossein Mossouavi was named as one of those responsible, even though the answer is obvious.
Amnesty International’s report, entitled “Blood-soaked secrets: Why Iran’s 1988 prison massacres are ongoing crimes against humanity”, only came to be because of the brave activism of MEK members and especially Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), over the past 32 years to get justice for those who died. This is because the international community, scared to rock the boat with the regime, failed to do what they needed to do – what the then second-in-command of the Iranian regime did – and condemn the mullahs for this heinous violence.
Some 84 former political prisoners and MEK members have written a statement in support of Amnesty International, which further called on governments that claim to support human rights to end their silence over this crime against humanity and condemn the regime for what they have done.
“An attack on Amnesty International is an assault on the Justice Movement and can only serve the interests of those who ordered the massacre,” they wrote.
The MEK members further advised that the leaders of the regime must be brought to justice for the 1988 massacre and all other horrific crimes that they’ve committed during the 41 years that they’ve held power in Iran, including the crackdown on the November 2019 uprising where 1,500 protesters were killed by security forces, and the executions of political prisoners, like Mostafa Salehi and Navid Afkari.
“The former political prisoners who were present to witness the 1988 massacre and are the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), members and supporters, have promised to the 30,000 martyrs who lost their lives that they will not stop in making every effort possible to name those who were responsible for the 1988 massacre and ensure the perpetrators get the justice they deserve,” MEK activists wrote in their statement.
In the statement, the MEK activists wrote that Amnesty International has the support of political prisoners, the martyrs’ families, and all Iranians in its fight to bring the truth about this vicious crime to light. They said that attacks on Amnesty International and its researchers are unforgivable and should not be tolerated by the world at large.
“We consider it to be the urgent obligation of all political prisoners and any dignified human being to expose anyone, whether a former prisoner or otherwise, with any political claim, who serves the interests of the clerical regime, and we condemn any silence with respect to such abhorrent actions,” they wrote.