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NGO urges Human Rights Council to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

NGO urges Human Rights Council to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

Dr. Hanifeh Khayyeri from the NGO “Women’s Human Rights International Association” addresses the UN Human Rights Council’s 34th session in Geneva on 10 March 2017 about the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. She urges the council to establish a commission of inquiry into the massacre which resulted in the death of over 30,000 Iranian political prisoners.

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NGO urges UN Special Rapporteur to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre of 30000 political prisoners

NGO urges UN Special Rapporteur to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre of 30000 political prisoners

A representative of the French NGO “Fondation Danielle Mitterrand – France Libertés” addresses the UN Human Rights Council’s 34th session in Geneva on 10 March 2017 about Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners. He urges the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, Pablo de Greiff, to carry out an inquiry into the 1988 massacre which resulted in the death of over 30,000 Iranian political prisoners.

Text of remarks:

Human Rights Council

34th Session

GD Item 3 – Fondation Danielle Mitterrand – France Libertés

Mohammad Hanif Jazayeri

Geneva – 10 March 2017

Mr. President,

The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth has in his report to the Council highlighted the importance of victims’ participation in transitional justice measures. We would like to highlight that under the current justice system in Iran no such transitional justice measures are possible.

On 27 November 2016 a Special Clerical Court sentenced the son of the late Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, the Deputy Supreme Leader, to 21 years imprisonment for releasing an audio tape of his father denouncing the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

In the confidential audio file members of the Judiciary and Intelligence Ministry of Iran who were among perpetrators of the massacre, notably the current Justice Minister, confirm the executions in their own voices.

According to the London-based NGO ‘Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran’ (JVMI), some 30,000 political prisoners, primarily affiliated to the main opposition PMOI were executed for refusing to denounce the group.

In a joint statement on 8 March, 20 human rights groups called on the Iranian authorities to stop the harassment and prosecution of human rights defenders seeking truth and justice on behalf of those who were executed in 1988.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and FIDH have said that these executions amount to a crime against humanity.

Renowned international jurists have concluded that the international community’s inaction and insensitivity to this crime has allowed the Iranian government to feel free to continue violating international law and human rights. Impunity will only result in more mass executions.

We therefore recommend that the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth carry out an inquiry into the 1988 massacre as part of his mandate. Thank you Mr. President.

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NGO urges UN special rapporteurs to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

NGO urges UN special rapporteurs to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

Ms. Milishia Javdan from the NGO “Women’s Human Rights International Association” addresses the UN Human Rights Council’s 34th session in Geneva on 7 March 2017 about the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. She urges the Special Rapporteurs on the promotion of truth and on freedom of religion or belief to investigate the mass execution of over 30,000 Iranian political prisoners in 1988.

From Clustered ID (Cont’d): SR on Truth & Justice and on Religion – 20th Meeting, 34th Regular Session Human Rights Council
7 Mar 2017 – Interactive dialogue with:
– Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
– Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Item: 3 – Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

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NGO urges Asma Jahangir to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

NGO urges Asma Jahangir to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

In an address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 13 March 2017, Ms. Hélène Fathpour, speaking for the NGO “Women’s Human Rights International Association”, urges the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, to investigate the mass execution of more than 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988.

From ID (Cont’d): SR on Human Rights in Iran – 32 Meeting, 34th Regular Session Human Rights Council
13 Mar 2017 – CONTINUED – Interactive dialogue with:
– Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran A/HRC/34/65

Item:4 – Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
34th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

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Women’s NGO denounces Iran’s 1988Massacre

Women’s NGO denounces Iran’s 1988Massacre

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 35th Session in Geneva on 14 June 2017, a representative of the Women’s Human Rights International Association called for an international inquiry into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

Partial text of remarks:

“WHRIA would like to remind the Council of the summary executions that took place in Iranian prisons in 1988. A comprehensive investigation identifying those who abused their power to execute thousands of their ideological opponents is necessary to stop impunity. It’s the responsibility of the international community including the Human Rights Council and the Security Council to ensure that that accountability is achieved. What gives this matter urgency is that the mass executions of 1988 have not come to an end and are still continuing.”

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Women’s NGO urges UN Commission of Inquiry into Iran’s 1988Massacre

Women’s NGO urges UN Commission of Inquiry into Iran’s 1988Massacre

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 35th Session in Geneva on 16 June 2017, a representative of the Women’s Human Rights International Association called for a UN Commission of Inquiry into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

Partial text of remarks:

“Women’s Human Rights International Association requests the attention of this Council and the Special Rapporteur on the following:

In the summer of 1988 the Iranian regime summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The Iranian regime has never acknowledged these executions or provided any information as to know how many prisoners were killed. The majority of those executed were either serving prison sentences for their political activities or had already finished their sentences but were still kept in prison. Some of them had previously been imprisoned and released but were again arrested and executed during the massacre.

In a joint statement on 24 May 2017, eight human rights groups recommended:

First, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council place the massacre on their agenda and as a first step appoint an international Commission of Inquiry to investigate this atrocious crime.

Second, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, carry out an inquiry into the 1988 massacre as part of her mandate.

Third, the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Pablo de Greiff, to include the case of Iran’s 1988 massacre in his subsequent report to the Human Rights Council.”

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