On Saturday 2nd September, a major rally took place in the Netherlands. The protesters gathered at The Hague to urge the Dutch government to lead an inquiry into the 1988 massacre in Iran in which more than 30,000 political prisoners were executed. They want to see those responsible brought to justice.
Among the many protesters were family members of victims who said that they wanted the Iranian regime’s impunity to end.
The 1988 massacre, a crime against humanity, happened after the Supreme Leader at that time issued a fatwa ordering the execution of all political prisoners. Some of the members of the so-called “Death Committee” that carried out his orders are still in high positions in Iran today.
In a message to those at the rally, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that she salutes them all because they are voicing what many can’t. “You are echoing the voice of people who do not want to live under the reign of torture and killings. You are the voice of resistant political prisoners who are presently on hunger strike and their lives are on the line. You are the voice of a movement which is struggling to bring down the religious dictatorship in Iran. I salute you all!”
At the rally, the protesters expressed their solidarity with the political prisoners who have been on hunger strike for more than a month in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj because of the repressive measures and inhuman conditions they are faced with.
Rajavi also urged European governments to condition business relations with Iran on an end to torture and executions and called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to form an independent inquiry committee so that the massacre can be investigated.
She also reminded everyone that the Iranian regime will continue to repress the people of Iran because it is not being called out on its actions. The international community has basically given the regime free reign over its actions.
“So long as the mullahs sense that they have a free hand in human rights violations in Iran, they will continue their belligerence and aggressions in the Middle East. And so long as the mullahs continue their belligerence in the region, global security and tranquillity will be endangered including in Europe.”