At a recent exhibition, which honored the 120,000 Iranian Resistance members who were martyred for the cause of freedom in Iran, Iranian opposition leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi gave a speech linking the past massacres of activists to the ongoing executions of protesters.
Maryam Rajavi said: “Holding this exhibition is particularly inspiring and effective on the 32nd anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988. Nonetheless, it depicts only a small part of the crimes and terrorism committed by the ruling religious fascist regime.”
.@OrgIAC held a large photo exhibition highlighting 4 decades of systemic #HumanRightsViolations in #Iran, especially #1988Massacre of 30,000 #politicalprisoners, victims of #IranProtests 2019, & the assassination of dozens of political dissidents abroad.https://t.co/w1ar0MijON
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In 1988, regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the execution of Resistance members in prison, which led to the worst crime against humanity since WW2, with most being killed after trials that lasted just one minute. They were secretly buried in mass graves.
Maryam Rajavi said: “In the past 32 years, the Iranian Resistance has persistently called for the masterminds and perpetrators of this great crime against humanity to be held accountable. Unfortunately, due to the Western policy of appeasing the ruling religious tyranny, those who ordered and perpetrated this crime, namely the regime’s most senior leaders, have so far evaded facing justice.”
She cited the following perpetrators who still hold high-ranking positions in the regime:
- Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi
- Justice Minister Alireza Avaii
- President Hassan Rouhani
- Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
However, she noted that these are far from the only ones and that some have retired but have still gone unpunished for their crimes.
Maryam Rajavi said: “More than three decades later, the blood of the victims of the 1988 massacre is roaring across Iran and inspiring young people. The [Resistance] martyrs who, while invoking the name of Massoud Rajavi as their leader, walked to the gallows by the thousands to uphold the cause of freedom, are today the topic of debate in Iranian society.”
These are far from the only victims of the regime’s aggression. As recently as November 2019, 1,500 people were shot dead in the streets for protesting, while over 7,000 were arrested and tortured, and some sentenced to death, according to an Amnesty International report.
Maryam Rajavi said: “I have continually called on the international community to condemn the clerical regime and to take urgent action to stop the executions. I urge you to persistently follow up on this to prevent these inhuman verdicts from being carried out against Iran’s young generation.”
She further explained that this domestic suppression goes hand in hand with international terrorism, such as the attempted bombings of the Free Iran gathering in Paris and the Nowruz gathering in Tirana in 2018 and the 1990 assassination of Dr. Kazem Rajavi in Geneva. All three planned from Iranian embassies in Europe.
Maryam Rajavi said: “The experience of the past 40 years has shown that no amount of political and economic concessions will change the behavior of the mullahs’ regime. The international community must, therefore, adopt a firm policy and apply maximum pressure on the regime, including referring its human rights record to the UN Security Council. It must also implement the six UN Security Council resolutions and stand with the people of Iran and their organized Resistance.”