Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), is urging the creation of a movement to obtain justice for the victims of a 1988 prison massacre in which 30,000 members and supporters of the Iranian resistance were killed.
This week marked the twenty-eighth anniversary of the massacre. It also coincided with the release of an audio tape revealing the extent to which the Iranian state was complicit in the killings.
“This is an important document attesting to several basic realities,” she said of the audio tape.
“First, the audio clip contains explicit admissions by those responsible for the massacre about their participation in an ongoing genocide. It shows that Khomeini and his entourage contravened their own procedures and routines and were directly involved in the massacre. It also indicates that the religious tyranny solidified the foundations of the next round of its repugnant Velayat-e Faqih rule in the course of this genocide.”
In the tape, Hossein-Ali Montazeri confronts a “death commission” comprised of Iranian cabinet members about the massacres.
“The greatest crime committed during the reign of the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn us, has been committed by you,” he says. “Your (names) will in the future be etched in the annals of history as criminals. Executing these people while there have been no new activities (by the prisoners) means that … the entire judicial system has been at fault.”
On the grounds of Iran’s complicity and awareness of the killings, Mrs. Rajavi is seeking an international movement to obtain justice for the victims and families of the deceased.
“The litigation movement must, in the first step, seek to indict the mullahs’ supreme leader Ali Khamenei,” she said.
“Khamenei and his accomplices are criminals because they are the highest officials directly responsible for the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. They are criminals because they concealed the information and documents on this carnage. Khamenei and his accomplices are criminals because they have repressed the families of the victims of the massacre for the past 28 years.”
“The movement to obtain justice for victims of 1988 massacre must hold the Velayat-e Faqih regime accountable for the secrets it has concealed on this horrendous crime.”
The regime’s leaders must release the complete list of those massacred.
They must declare how many they executed in every city and every province.
They must announce where the victims are buried and where are their mass graves?
It is the most basic right of every bereaved mother to know where her child is buried.
Yes, it must be clarified what was the story of those who were arrested simultaneous with the massacre and executed at once?
She implored the United Nations and U.N. Security Council to make the “political and legal arrangements” for the international prosecution of Iran’s leaders for crimes against humanity.
“We call on all advocates of human rights the world over,” she said, “and everyone who respects human rights to join the people of Iran in their demand for prosecution of the Iranian regime’s leaders.”