At the request of the Committee for Human Rights in Iran, a meeting was organized near the Quai d’Orsay and the National Assembly at Places des Invalides against the continued use of executions by Iran and to seek justice for victims of prisons massacres in Iran.
This meeting, which includes the families of victims of execution and ex-political prisoners from Iran, will take place Wednesday afternoon.
Both public personalities and government deputies encouraged the demonstrators, who commemorate both the victimes of the latest deadly attack against Camp Liberty in October 2015, which killed 24 PMOI members including Hossein Abrichamtchi, brother of the president of the Peace Commission of the NCRI, Mehdi Abrichamtchi
Socialist Party deputy Pascal Terrasse underlined that “open and international investigations of the situation of political prisoners in Iran must be taken, both before and after the events of 1988”.
Speaking to the demonstrators, he added: “We need people like you who fight, not just for a simple cause in your own country but for the justice which gives each citizen his dignity.”
Sid Ahmed Ghozali, ex-Prime Minister of Algeria and president of the Arab-Muslim Committee in Defense of Ashraf said that “from a simple fatwa issued by Khomeini, 33,000 political prisoners of the Iranian Resistance, the PMOI, were executed.
We cannot let a crime against humanity be forgotten.” He said that Iranian regime is the “cruelest regime to exist in the contemporary era” and that it continues to execute its citizens. He also expressed his assurances that those responsible for massacres of political prisoners in Iran will be brought to justice.
Pierre Bercis, president of Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme (NDH), offered his condolences to the martyrs of the Iranian resistance at Camp Liberty, Iraq, as well as the victimes of the 1988 massacre of Iranian political prisoners. He said that justice has been too slow and that hope and courage would be needed to bring those responsible to justice.
In its last report to the U.N., which it presented Thursday as part of the third commission of the U.N. General Assembly, the U.N. special rapporteur for Iran, Dr. Ahem Shaheed, estimated that between “966 and 1054 executions took place in 2015, a number that has not been reached for 20 years”. The report specified: “At least 73 juvenile delinquents were executed between 2005 and 2015, and we estimate that 160 executions took place in January, 2016.” Shaheed expressed his great concern that “the Islamic Republic of Iran maintains the death penalty for boys of at least 15 years of age and girls as young as 9.”