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JVMI Strongly Condemns Release of Hamid Noury, Demands Justice for Victims of Iran’s 1988 Massacre

London, 15 June 2024 – Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) strongly condemns the release by the government of Sweden of Hamid Noury, a perpetrator of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. In 2022, using the principle of universal jurisdiction, the Stockholm District Court found former Iranian […]

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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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Ebrahim Raisi, perpetrator of Iran’s 1988 massacre, dies in helicopter crash

London, 20 May 2024 – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a key perpetrator of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, died in a helicopter crash on 19 May 2024. His death deprives the families of as many as 30,000 victims of the 1988 mass extra-legal executions and enforced disappearances, of seeing justice served against him. In

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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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Hamid Noury

JVMI STATEMENT ON SWEDISH APPEALS COURT RULING IN HAMID NOURY’S CASE AND CALL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN IRAN

London, 19 December — Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) welcomes the decision today by Sweden’s Court of Appeals to uphold a guilty verdict and life sentence for Hamid Noury over his role in the 1988 massacre. In 2022, the Stockholm District Court found former Iranian prison official Hamid Noury

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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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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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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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Maryam Akbari-Monfared sentenced to another 2 years in prison in Iran

Iranian political prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared, who has already served nearly 14 years of her 15-year prison sentence, has received an additional two-year sentence, while prison guards have privately told her that she will “never be released” unless she retracts her call for accountability over the state murder of her brother and sister 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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Iranian political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared

Iranian Political Prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared Faces New False Charges

Authorities in Iran are preparing new trumped-up charges against political prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared who had sought accountability for the state murder of her siblings during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. The new charges could lead to an extension of the duration of her unlawful imprisonment. Ms. Akbari-Monfared is currently serving the final 18 months

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

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran to the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council

A report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the 52nd session of the UN Human Rights Council highlights the ongoing deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters since anti-government demonstrations began in Iran in September 2022. The report (A/HRC/52/67), dated 7 February 2023, examines

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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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WGEID supports international investigation into Iran’s 1988 massacre

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) has repeated its support for an international inquiry into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran in its latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. WGEID’s report to the 51st session of the Human Rights Council, A/HRC/51/31, dated 12 August 2022, states:

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