However, very little attention is being paid to the Iranian regime’s blatant abuse of human rights at home. The people of Iran have suffered under the clerical regime for many years. What is even more incomprehensible is the Iranian regime’s disregard of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that is in place to respect the dignity of everyone and to ensure that all people are treated equally.
Iran is one of the worst offenders of executions and many people are sentenced to death every year. The Iranian regime uses the death penalty to punish minor crimes and to punish political prisoners that are simply expressing their own political beliefs and opposition to a regime that ignores the rights of its own people. It even executes juvenile offenders.
Ethnic and religious minorities are targeted by Iranian authorities and are arrested, jailed and tortured for no good reason. Women are also mistreated in Iran and have to submit to dress codes and are unable to watch sports in stadiums, to give only a few examples.
One of the most notorious human rights abuses of the Iranian regime was the 1988 massacre in which 30,000 political prisoners were executed during one summer alone. It has been classed as one of the most atrocious crimes since World War II. The Supreme Leader at that time, and founder of the Islamic Republic, Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in which he ordered the execution of all political prisoners. This was part of an effort to quash the opposition. Most of the victims were members or supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) – the main Iranian opposition, and they were killed simply because they wanted democracy for their compatriots.
The Iranian regime, despite admitting to the crime, has continued to act with impunity. The opposition and much of society in Iran is calling for the ruling theocracy to face justice. A huge international campaign has called for an independent investigation into the massacre, but so far, the Iranian regime has been allowed to destroy evidence of this great crime by wrecking and building over mass graves in which the victims were buried.
There is no due process in Iran and this goes back decades. Indeed, during the 1988 massacre, the victims’ so-called trial was basically a single question in which they were asked what their political affiliation is. If they responded that they were a supporter of the MEK, they were immediately taken away to be executed.
It is an injustice that those who were involved in this horrific crime were able to make their way to the top ranks of the regime.
The United Nations wants an investigation into this crime to be carried out, but it is calling for it to be carried out by the regime. This is nonsensical because the regime that persecutes those that speak out against it can absolutely not carry out a fair investigation.