Ingrid Betancourt – Colombian-French politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist

Ingrid Betancourt – Colombian-French politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist

Ingrid Betancourt speech in the 29th anniversary’s ceremony of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran  in Tirana, capital of Albania.

“Twenty-nine years ago, Khomeini came with a fatwa that was only comparable to the final solution Hitler enacted years before during World War II. This was the starting chapter of the most cruel years in the history of the people of Iran. And 30,000 people were killed without any legal support… The very frightening part of this story is that we have all the information, all the names, all the documents, the proofs; we have the witnesses; we have the survivors, you. We have the testimonies; we even have the confessions of those who perpetrated those crimes. We have it all but we still have impunity.”

“In history, the wrong is only turned into good through justice. If there is no justice, the wrong is still active, the suffering is still active, the pain and the wounds are still open. Today, the criminals that perpetrated those crimes are in highest positions in the government in Iran. They are high officials of the regime… If we are silent, we become accomplice of the crime…

“We need to ask the UN to play its role. We need to ask the High Commissioner for Human Rights to begin an independent inquiry to investigate what we know… Khomeini is gone but those who are alive today have to go on trial in an international court; and we will not have any rest until this is achieved.”

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