Mohaddessin said, “Ali Khamenei’s religious dictatorship in Iran in yet another brutal crime this morning hanged 20 Sunni prisoners. This inhuman crime took place simultaneous with the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. The mullahs’ regime is facing absolute social isolation and widespread abhorrence by the people and thus is resorting to increased executions to create a climate of fear and to prevent the possibility of a nationwide uprising. More than 2500 people have been executed in Iran under Hassan Rouhani, who falsely claimed to seek moderation. For as long as the mullahs’ regime is in power, there will continue to be further executions, torture and other crimes. If this regime halts torture and execution even for a single day, it would immediately lead to its overthrow.”

He went on to condemn the silence of the international community, calling it, “shameful for modern day humanity. If this regime and its leaders and officials are not prosecuted for crimes against humanity, then what good are the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court? The UN Security Council has an obligation to bring the regime’s criminal record before a competent international court. Ali Khamenei, [former President] Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Hassan Rouhani and other such criminals who have had a direct role in the execution of 120,000 political prisoners to date, including the 1988 massacre, must be brought to justice.”

Some 30,000 political prisoners, mainly activists of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI or MEK), were summarily executed in the summer of 1988 in what has been described as Iran’s biggest prison massacre.