Members of Parliament in the United Kingdom have tabled an Early Day Motion highlighting the 1988 mass killing of political prisoners in Iran and calling on the relevant United Nations bodies to order an investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice. EDM 448 has thus far received the support of 80 MPs, whose names have been published on the UK Parliament website.
The following is the text of EDM 448, as published on the Parliament website:
Source: Early day motion 448
DEATH OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN IN 1988
Date tabled: 13.09.2016
Primary sponsor: Amess, David
Sponsors: Shannon, Jim | Meale, Alan | Robinson, Gavin | Blackman, Bob | Dowd, Jim
That this House notes that the audio file of Ayatollah Montrazeri, former heir to Khomeini, in 1988, reveals new evidence about the massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners in Iran’s prisons in the summer of 1988 including women and children and all political prisoners who supported the opposition movement of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI); understands that the massacre was carried out following a fatwa by the Supreme Leader Khomeini, who ordered all political prisoners loyal of the PMOI to be immediately executed; is concerned by Montazeri’s comments that this was the biggest crime that has occurred in the Islamic Republic and that the world will not forgive us for this crime; agrees that the impunity of the authorities of the Iranian regime in the past three decades is the main cause for continuation of these crimes in Iran; endorses the survivors’ account that those in charge of the massacre go unpunished and are currently appointed in high positions of the Iranian government including Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Minister of Justice, and Hossein Ali Nayeri, Head of Administrative Court for the Judges; urges the Government to recognise and condemn this brutal massacre as a crime against humanity and ask the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Human Rights Council, the General Assembly and the Security Council to order an investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.