In the summer of 1988, Iran’s regime executed thousands of political prisoners in an effort to clamp down on the Iranian resistance. On Saturday, the Iranian resistance held a conference to commemorate the 1988 massacre. One of the key parts of the conference was the acknowledgement of the second anniversary of the Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre (JVIM), a group that is focused on keeping the massacre in front of the international community and to continue to call for accountability from the Iranian regime for its actions.
Rajavi Paid homage to Martyrs while calling for accountability
Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), was the keynote speaker of the event. During her speech, she spoke about the example of the martyrs and those who have fallen in the cause of Iranian freedom, including those political prisoners in 1988.
According to the book Crime Against Humanity, complied by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), the political prisoners were executed in 110 Iranian cities over the summer of 1988. Rajavi noted that these cities are now the hubs of protests and revolts, which have become a daily part of life in Iran. She also noted that the regime would not change because terrorism and repression of this magnitude was inherent to the mullahs.
Rajavi also applauded the efforts of the Iranian people to create meaningful change by standing up to the regime despite the repressive efforts of its security forces, including violent arrests, physical and mental abuse, and long prison sentences for obscure charges.
The international community has ignored this crime for three decades, giving the mullahs the ability to continue to violate human rights without repercussions, launch terrorist operations throughout the Middle East, and created military campaigns based around the spreading of their extremist viewpoints.
“Thirty years after the 1988 massacre, the dispute continues to be over the advocacy of the ideals of the Resistance, the ideals which today are being espoused by the resistance units inside Iran. They are called the forces of overthrow,” said Rajavi.
Massacre result from Khomeini’s Fatwa
For the Iranian people, Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwas had an enormous impact on the Iranian people. His fatwa in 1988 resulted in the massacre that negatively impacted an entire generation of Iranians. The martyrs’ relatives shared their experiences as part of the conference.
One woman shared how her two aunts were executed by the regime. One was arrested and tortured before she died, while the other one was executed for defending the rights of refugees in Iran. Others noted that the Iranian regime is using the media to spread disinformation about the resistance, but that the international media needs to stand up against that campaign.
“We actively support the youngsters in Iran and we are devoted to supporting their resistance units. We support Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan and believe the NCRI is the only viable democratic alternative to the clerical regime,” said Omid Ebrahimi, a spokesman of the Youth Association in the UK.
Finally, speakers noted that no independent investigation into the executions of the political prisoners has ever been undertaken. In addition, there is evidence that the regime is trying to destroy the sites of the mass graves of the executed political prisoners. Speakers encouraged the international community to follow up on this issue.