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Distinguished UN Leaders Demand Cancellation of Tribute to Former Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: JVMI info@iran1988.org Citing Grave Human Rights Abuses, 45 Officials Urge UN to Stand with Victims London – 29 May 2024 – A coalition of 45 distinguished current and former United Nations Ambassadors, Judges, experts, and officials have issued an urgent open letter addressed to UN Secretary-General António Guterres and General Assembly […]

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Text of Open Letter to UN Secretary General – 29 May 2024

URGENT – OPEN LETTER H.E. António GuterresSecretary-General of the United Nations760 United Nations PlazaNew York, NY 10017 29 May 2024 Dear Secretary-General, As current and former United Nations Ambassadors, experts, and officials, we are deeply alarmed by the General Assembly’s planned tribute on 30 May 2024 to the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, who was

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77 UN Experts Urge Human Rights Council To Renew Mandates of Special Rapporteur on Iran and FFMI

London, 2 April 2024 – A group of 77 current and former United Nations special procedure mandate-holders and commissioners and experts of UN-mandated investigative bodies on Tuesday wrote to the President of the Human Rights Council and the Council’s Member and Observer States, supporting the renewal of the mandates of the UN Special Rapporteur on

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Transcript: Remarks by IBAHRI Director Baroness Helena Kennedy at JVMI Civil Society Hearing Into Iran’s 1988 Massacre

Verbatim transcript of remarks by Baroness Helena Kennedy KC, Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), at a Civil Society Hearing on the 1988 Massacre in Iran – 15 February 2024, Geneva: Hello! Good morning. I really want to apologize to you for not joining you in person. I am Baroness Helena

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Transcript: Remarks by Prof. Kevin Jon Heller at JVMI Civil Society Hearing Into Iran’s 1988 Massacre

Verbatim transcript of remarks by Prof. Kevin Jon Heller, Special Adviser on War Crimes to the Prosecutor of the international Criminal Court (ICC) at a Civil Society Hearing on the 1988 Massacre in Iran – 15 February 2024, Geneva: In the brief time I have today, I want to touch on two issues: (1) what

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Transcript: Remarks by WGEID Chair Aua Baldé at JVMI Civil Society Hearing Into Iran’s 1988 Massacre

Verbatim transcript of remarks by Aua Baldé at a Civil Society Hearing on the 1988 Massacre in Iran – 15 February 2024, Geneva: Thank you very much. Good morning, everyone. I’m very mindful of the time, but I would like to thank you for the kind invitation to join you here today. It’s an honour

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Transcript: UN Special Rapporteur on Iran at JVMI Civil Society Hearing Into the 1988 Massacre

Verbatim transcript of remarks by Prof. Javaid Rehman at a Civil Society Hearing on the 1988 Massacre in Iran – 15 February 2024, Geneva: Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen I would like to thank Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacres in Iran (JVMI), Mr Tahar Boumedra, Mr Mohammad Hanif Jazayeri and other

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Transcript: Remarks by Karen Smith, former Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect to the UN Secretary-General

Verbatim transcript of remarks by Prof. Karen Smith at a Civil Society Hearing on the 1988 Massacre in Iran – 15 February 2024, Geneva: Thank you to the organisers for inviting me to speak at this important event. It has been sobering to listen to the testimonies of survivors and family members of victims today,

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UN experts join survivors of the 1988 massacre in urging accountability for ongoing crimes against humanity in Iran

15 February 2024 – The UN Special Rapporteur on Iran and the Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances joined survivors of the 1988 massacre and victims’ families in calling for an independent international inquiry into the mass extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances of thousands of political prisoners in Iran.

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Global statement denouncing Ebrahim Raisi’s planned appearance at UN Geneva

Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) on Tuesday sent United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset a statement co-signed by 450 former world leaders, judges, Nobel laureates, former UN officials, human rights and legal experts and NGOs, denouncing Iranian President Ebrahim

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Open letter to the UN by 106 experts on Iran’s chairmanship of the Social Forum

OPEN LETTER H.E. Volker TürkOffice of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)Palais des NationsCH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland URGENT – BY EMAIL Copies:Amb. Václav Bálek, President of the UN Human Rights CouncilPermanent Representatives of the Member States of the Human Rights Council 2 November 2023 Dear High Commissioner, RE: Statement to the United

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UN experts join JVMI in seeking accountability for the 1988 massacre in Iran

Underscore need to end culture of impunity NEW YORK, 29 October 2023: Human rights experts, including the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Iran and a member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), joined Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) at a side event on the

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Sonja Biserko

Remarks by former UN investigator Sonja Biserko at Iran side event in UN Geneva

Sonja Biserko, former Member of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea (DPRK) and President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, addressed a Side Event on Iran attended by numerous Permanent Missions during the 54th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 3

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Council on Foreign Relations

180 experts urge Council on Foreign Relations to cancel Iran event with Raisi

JVMI is among 180 international human rights and legal experts and organisations, Nobel laureates and individuals of conscience that published an open letter on Monday calling on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) to cancel its upcoming event with the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, who stands accused of crimes against humanity during the 1988

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Legal experts seek accountability for Iran’s 1988 massacre

At an international conference on 21 August 2023, several former international judges and pre-eminent jurists joined distinguished politicians from around the world to call for justice and accountability concerning one of the most horrifying atrocities post World War II: the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. The event, titled “1988 Massacre, Imperative for

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Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

UN Special Rapporteur on Iran calls for international investigation into 1988 massacre

LONDON – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Iran on Tuesday decried the prevailing culture of impunity in Iran and appealed for an international inquiry into the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. Prof. Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, made the

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110 NGOs, human rights experts write to Volker Türk to help prevent imminent execution in Iran

LONDON, 28 July 2023 – JVMI is among 110 international NGOs, current and former United Nations officials, human rights and legal experts, and Nobel laureates that have sent an urgent letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, requesting his urgent intervention to prevent the imminent execution of Mohammad Javad Vafa’i Thani,

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Irene Victoria Massimino, Co-President of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention, at an international conference in Paris on 3 July 2023 marking the 35th anniversary of the 1988 massacre in Iran and seeking accountability for this ongoing crime against humanity

Irene Massimino: The Enforced Disappearances of 1988 in Iran are an ongoing crime

International Conference on Accountability in Iran 2023 Remarks by Irene Victoria Massimino Kjarsgaard, Co-President of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention and former Rapporteur of the High Criminal Court of Buenos Aires, at the international conference in Paris on 3 July 2023 marking the 35th anniversary of the 1988 massacre in Iran and seeking accountability for this ongoing

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Prof. Anand Grover, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, at an international conference in Paris on 3 July 2023 marking the 35th anniversary of the 1988 massacre in Iran

Anand Grover: Iran’s 1988 massacre is a crime against humanity

Remarks by Prof. Anand Grover, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, at the international conference in Paris on 3 July 2023 marking the 35th anniversary of the 1988 massacre in Iran and seeking accountability for this ongoing crime against humanity: Friends and comrades. Today we are meeting here to remember those

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Tahar Boumedra speaking on day 3 of the Free Iran World Summit in Paris - 3 July 2023

Experts decry impunity in Iran in conference marking 35th anniversary of 1988 massacre

Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) took part in an international conference in Paris on 3 July 2023 marking the 35th anniversary of the 1988 massacre and seeking accountability for this ongoing crime against humanity. The conference was held at the office of the opposition National Council of Resistance of

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Open letter by former world leaders to the leaders of Canada, the EU, UK, and US

To:Joe Biden, President of the United StatesCharles Michel, President of the European CouncilRishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United KingdomJustin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Copy:Leaders of the 27 Member States of the European Union 10 July 2023 Excellencies, Since September 2022, the world has witnessed a sweeping popular uprising in Iran, demanding freedom and

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Stop executions in Iran

Open letter to world leaders – Act now to stop execution of protesters in Iran

OPEN LETTER To: Joe Biden, President of the United StatesCharles Michel, President of the European CouncilRishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United KingdomJustin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Copy: Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 21 December 2022 Excellencies,We write to request that your nations set up a joint accountability mechanism for rapid

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242 human rights experts call for firm position on Iran, including sanctions, to stop execution of protesters

More than 240 current and former United Nations officials, judges, human rights experts, Nobel laureates, and NGOs in an open letter on Wednesday called on world leaders to step up pressure on Iran to halt the execution of anti-government protesters, including by imposing sanctions on its officials for human rights abuses, expelling Iranian ambassadors and

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68 Belgian and international human rights and legal experts urge Belgium not to free Iran’s convicted diplomat Assadollah Assadi

Press Release Dozens of Belgian and international human rights and legal experts sent an open letter to Prime Minister Alexander De Croo today urging the government of Belgium not to free convicted Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for attempting to bomb an international summit. The open letter has been

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Hamid Noury

JVMI welcomes Hamid Noury verdict, urges states to prosecute Ebrahim Raisi for his role in Iran’s 1988 massacre

Finally, after more than nine months and 92 sessions, Stockholm’s District Court in Sweden handed down its landmark judgement and sentenced former Iranian prison official Hamid Noury to life imprisonment for his role in the 1988 massacre. JVMI welcomes this long-awaited act of justice which should serve as a guiding precedent to the international community

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JVMI Warns of New Measures to Destroy Evidence of Iran’s 1988 Massacre at Khavaran Mass Grave

Families of the victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran have informed JVMI of new measures by the Iranian authorities at the site of a mass grave in Khavaran cemetery, south of Tehran, aimed at destroying evidence of the massacre. As part of the attempt to destroy the mass grave, the authorities have erected a

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Remarks by Prof. Annalisa Ciampi at online conference on Iran on sidelines of 49th Session of UN Human Rights Council – 28 February 2022

The following is the text of remarks by Prof. Annalisa Ciampi at an online conference by international human rights experts and NGOs on 28 February 2022, appealing to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to launch an inquiry into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran: Thank you very much,

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