Iran Regime Is not able to Give Up Executions and Torture until it is Overthrown

She wrote: “More than any other party, the World Day Against the Death Penalty targets the Iranian regime that has so far executed 120,000 of Iran’s children, including the 30,000 political prisoners [of the 1988 massacre] who were serving their prison sentences, but were hanged just for their political beliefs. According to Khomeini’s fatwa, any prisoner who continued to adhere to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, had to be executed.”

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmad Shahid, estimates that Iran executed nearly 1,000 people in 2015 alone, which Rajavi points out is more than most years under Khamenei’s rule, disproving the myth of a moderate regime.

Rajavi wrote: “Accordingly, the executions carried out by the clerical regime is a premeditated crime. These executions are against genuine Islamic standards. They violate international standards of fair trials, and as the UN Secretary General stated last year, ‘The majority of executions were imposed for drug-related offences – crimes that do not meet the threshold of the ‘most serious crimes’ as required by international law.’”

She reiterated that the death penalty faces growing opposition inside and outside of Iran and that members of the Regime’s parliament recently discussed commuting the death sentences of convicts involved in drugs. However, this was merely for show and designed to ease anger towards the Regime, rather than any meaningful attempt at change.

Rajavi wrote: “As far as the Velayat-e Faqih regime is concerned, it is not able to give up executions and torture until it is overthrown. It sees executions as its lifeblood. This is why the majority of the regime’s leaders, from Khamenei, Rafsanjani and Jannati to its Chief Justice, head of the Justice Ministry and Bassij, rose to defend the massacre in the wake of the public dissemination of the audio file of Mr. Montazeri’s remarks on the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, calling it ‘the supreme leader’s miracle’, their ‘honour’, and ‘a historic and revolutionary decision by the Imam (Khomeini)’.”

She concluded with a call to the international community to bring charges against the regime for their crimes against humanity during the 1988 massacre. She also stated that Western countries should refuse to do business with Iran until they stop executions. 

She wrote: “This Resistance has risen up to create a society that bears no trace of the death penalty, torture, and inhuman verdicts issued under the mullahs’ regime. Instead, it will be ruled by laws based on forgiveness, compassion, humanity, and relations based on friendship and tolerance.”