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Sir Robertson

Geoffrey Robertson:

What happened in 1988 was a crime against humanity

New York, United Nations – Tuesday September 20, 2016  Geoffrey Robertson QC, renowned human rights barrister, academic, author of many books including Crimes Against Humanity-1999 and Mullahs Without Mercy-2012  who chaired the UN Sierra Leone Genocide investigation, spoke at an event organized by the Organization of Iranian American Communities in the U.S, in which thousands of Iranian-Americans strongly criticized the visit to the UN by the Iranian regime’s president Hassan Rouhani and also urged the UN Security Council to scruntinize political prisoners in Iran in 1988, seen as one of the biggest human carnages since World War II.

Geoffrey Ronald Robertson QC human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster - 1988 massacre Iran

Geoffrey Robertson, QC:

The killing of prisoners in the worst of all war crimes, it has been for hundreds of years. The prisoner is utterly at the mercy of the state. There have been three since the Second World War. The worst came in 1988 when thousands of upon thousands of prisoners who were in the first place members of the MEK, then they came to the atheists, for the communists, for the liberals. People who were in prison for their politics, many of them had served their sentence, they’d been arrested in 1981 and were being held in prison although they finished their sentence, were killed, monstrously, and this is why, this dreadful act has never been punished, has never been investigated apart from an investigation that I did, and my report that was the conclusion on the facts was published as a book, Mullahs without Mercy.

So at the end of the day you have the worst crime in modern history. And what has happened, why are all those people who are still prominent in the Iranian regime, the minister of justice was one of the death committee judges, PourMohammadi, Ardebili, Nayyeri. They’re all in high positions. They are 50-60 people, who were deeply involved in the bloody slaughter of the innocent prisoners, who are now in control of the state. Their supreme leader was president at the time, he gave the orders. He is a mass murderer. Rouhani was an assistant of Rafsanjani who himself deeply involved.

Late in July 1988 as the war with Iraq was ending, prisons in Iran that were crammed with opponents suddenly went into lock-down. All family visits were canceled, television and radios switched off. Prisoners were kept in their cells not allowed exercise or trips to the hospitals. The only permitted visitation was from a delegation, turbaned, which came in black government BMW’s a religious judge, a public prosecutor, and an intelligence chief.

The delegation had one question for these young men and women, most of them detained since 1981, merely for taking part in street protests or possession of political reading material, and although they didn’t know it, on their answer their life would depend. Those who by their answer by evidence any continuing affiliation with the MEK were blindfolded and ordered straight to the gallows. They were hung from cranes 4 at a time, or in groups of 6, from rapes hanging from the front of the stage of the assembly hall, some were taken to army barracks at night, and then shot by firing squad. Their bodies were doused with disinfectant, packed in refrigerator trucks and buried at night in mass graves.

Months later their families, desperate for information about their children, would be handed a plastic bag with their few possessions, they would be refused any information about the location of the graves, and ordered never to mourn them in public. By mid-august 1988 thousands of prisoners had been killed in this manner by the state. Without trial, without appeal and utterly without mercy.