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Maryam Rajavi: Prevent Destruction of Graves of Martyrs of 1988 Massacre

Maryam Rajavi at the anniversary of the uprising in November 2019 - November 10, 2020
Maryam Rajavi at the anniversary of the uprising in November 2019 - November 10, 2020

In a bid to cover up evidence, the Iranian regime is intending to destroy the mass graves in Kharavan of the political prisoner victims of the 1988 massacre.

The president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi said: “Destroying the graves of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre to eliminate evidence of the crime against humanity is a well-known practice of the clerical regime.”

Previously, graves of martyrs of the 1988 massacre and other atrocities in the 1980s were destroyed in many cities across Iran. These include the graves at the Behesht-e Reza cemetery in Mashhad and Vadi-e Rahmat in Tabriz in 2017, along with graves located in Ahvaz, under the pretext of building a boulevard, which was destroyed and cemented.

Maryam Rajavi has condemned the clerical regime’s inhuman act and urged the United Nation’s Security General, the UN Security Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council to condemn this act and take immediate measures to prevent the continued destruction.

In a speech made in 2019 at the conference of Calling for Justice for the 1988 massacre, she said that in the decades since, the regime has taken many measures to eliminate any trace of the mass graves, bulldozing the graveyards in order to build new roads and buildings.

Maryam Rajavi said: “The massacre in 1988 was the horrifying scene of such historic confrontation. But it was not the end. Despite its excruciating pain and agony, it was the beginning of a new confrontation which still continues and will ultimately write the fate of the Iranian nation with the word ‘freedom’.”

The massacre was orchestrated by Khomeini and his regime to execute 30,000 political prisoners across Iran, many of whom were affiliated with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Maryam Rajavi explained in her speech that by the figures and details of victims that the PMOI/MEK had compiled, the 1988 massacre took place in at least 110 cities. Maryam Rajavi said, “It is not an accident that these cities and provinces are hotbeds of constant uprisings and protests.”

She said the regime has evaded publishing information concerning the massacre and have refused to provide families of the victims with details about where the location of the graves are, all the while remaining immune from accountability.

Maryam Rajavi said: “The highest officials in charge of this crime and members of the Death Committees are among the senior officials presently running this regime…A number of them, including the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, defend the 1988 massacre. They even say that they are proud of it. And still, they enjoy impunity.”

She urged that the international community and its leaders need to end the impunity of the regime leaders and hold them accountable for the crimes against humanity that they have committed. Speaking of the Call for Justice movement, Maryam Rajavi stated, “We will continue until all the details of this horrible crime are revealed until the graves of all our sisters and brothers are found.”