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Iranian authorities destroy mass grave of victims of the 1988 massacre in Ahvaz

On 20 July 2018, the families of the victims of the 1988 massacre and eyewitnesses who had gone to visit the graves of members of the People’s Mojahedin (PMOI) in Padadshahr District, situated behind Behesht-Abad Cemetery, found that the graves of their loved ones had been destroyed, according to information received by Justice for the …

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1988 Massacre in Iran - UN Document A/HRC/38/NGO/122

NGOs urge UN to investigate 1988 massacre in Iran

Several non-governmental organisations with consultative status at the United Nations have once again urged High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to support an international investigation into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. The text of the NGOs’ joint written statement to the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council was published and …

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UN must act on new report detailing destruction of mass graves related to the 1988 massacre in Iran

JVMI welcomes the new joint report today by Amnesty International and Justice For Iran highlighting the Iranian authorities’ deliberate desecration and destruction of mass graves related to the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. JVMI urges UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to support the launch of an independent inquiry to bring justice …

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March 2018: New report by UN Special Rapporteur on Iran reiterates need for investigation into 1988 massacre

The latest report to the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the late Asma Jahangir, drew attention to the need for an investigation into the 1988 massacre. The report (A/HRC/37/68), presented to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, included …

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Call for justice over Iran’s 1988 massacre a key theme at UN Human Rights Council

UN must end impunity for Iran Justice Minister, perpetrator of crime against humanity

Families of the victims of the 1988 massacre are appalled at the misuse of the United Nations human rights institutions by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avaei, a perpetrator of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, on Monday entered the premises of the UN in Geneva to attend the High-Level Segment …

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30,000 Iranians sign UN petition seeking inquiry into 1988 massacre

More than 30,000 Iranians of all walks of life have signed a petition addressed to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres calling for an independent investigation into the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners in Iran.

António Guterres highlights ongoing calls for truth over Iran’s 1988 massacre

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has in a new report highlighted the ongoing calls for truth and justice over the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. A new report by the Secretary-General to the UN General Assembly about the “Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, dated 31 October 2017, …

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Photo - mass graves from Iran’s 1988 massacre

Interactive map of mass graves from Iran’s 1988 massacre (with photos)

In 1988, Iran’s regime massacred an estimated 30,000 political prisoners. The executions took place based on a fatwa by Ayatollah Khomeini. The victims were buried in secret mass graves. An investigation by JVMI in 2016-2017 has traced the existence of 59 mass graves across Iran. The findings are based on eye-witness reports, information provided by family members …

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Asma Jahangir UN Special Rapporteur on Iran

August 2017: New report by UN Special Rapporteur draws attention to Iran’s 1988 massacre

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran has in her latest report made numerous references to the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, pointing out that the families of the victims have a right to know the truth about these events and the fate of their …

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Iran's Justice Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi defends his role in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.

Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi appointed as Advisor to Iran’s Judiciary Chief

Once again, the Iranian authorities are indicating that they plan to continue the impunity for officials involved in the extra-judicial mass execution of political prisoners. Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, a notorious member of the 1988 ‘Death Commission’ in Tehran, which sent thousands of political prisoners for execution, has been appointed as Advisor to the head of Iran’s …

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Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: Executioners in #Iran’s #1988Massacre deserve medals

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami: Executioners in Iran’s 1988 massacre deserve medals

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a board member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts and Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader, in a sermon on 21 July 2017 cried out against calls for justice over the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. Khatami went as far as saying medals of honour should be awarded to those who, under …

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Ali Fallahian, former Intelligence Minister of Iran, says Khomeini ordered the execution of all PMOI affiliates during 1988 massacre

Ali Fallahian, former Intelligence Minister of Iran, says Khomeini ordered the execution of all PMOI affiliates during 1988 massacre

In an interview with the state-affiliated Tarikh Online website, Ali Fallahian, Iran’s former Minister of Intelligence, has acknowledged that a fatwa by Ayatollah Khomeini in the summer of 1988 called for the eradication of all affiliates of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI or MEK). The interview, which lasted more …

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Iran government destroys evidence of mass grave in Ahvaz

Video: Iran government destroys evidence of mass grave in Ahvaz

Iran’s government is attempting to destroy a mass grave in Ahvaz (southern Iran) which contains remains of individuals who were executed during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners of Iran. A video clip has been sent from Iran showing the attempted destruction of the site.

Brave student in Tabriz University denounces #Iran's #1988massacre

Brave student in Tabriz Uni denounces Iran’s 1988 massacre

On 22 April 2017, a brave student in Tabriz University, north-west Iran, publicly denounced human rights abuses by the authorities in Iran, highlighting in particular the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. Addressing on the stage Hassan Abbasi, a former senior Revolutionary Guards officer, the Iranian student also condemned the IRGC’s role in the murder of …

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35th session of the Human Rights Council

UN commission of inquiry needed to end impunity over Iran’s 1988 massacre

Five human rights organisations with consultative status to the United Nations human rights body have submitted a joint written statement to the 35th session of the Human Rights Council about the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran and the need for the international community to hold the perpetrators to account. The joint written statement …

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Draft bill in US Congress condemns Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners

A draft bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives condemning the government of Iran for the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and for denying the evidence of crimes against humanity. The draft bill “H. RES. 188”, sponsored by Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-TX) on 9 March 2017, has already been cosponsored by …

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Amnesty warns against desecration of mass grave in Iran that would destroy crucial forensic evidence of 1988 massacre

On 1 June 2017, Amnesty International published a news item on its website warning that the Iranian authorities may be attempting to desecrate a mass grave site in Ahvaz, southern Iran, that would destroy vital forensic evidence and scupper opportunities for justice for the mass killings of political prisoners that took place across the country …

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Amnesty International Urgent Appeal Action

Amnesty warns of reprisal against Iran dissident for speaking out against 1988 massacre

Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action appeal over the case of Iranian political prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared who has been threatened with an additional three-year prison term and exile to a remote prison in reprisal for her open letters seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were extrajudicially executed during Iran’s 1988 massacre of …

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West must stand with Iranians against their abusive regime. The regime in Iran is among the worst human rights abusers in the world

IBTimes: The West must stand with Iranians against their abusive regime

  Death penalty expert Tahar Boumedra has in an op-ed for the International Business Times urged Western governments to support a United Nations probe into the 1988 mass execution of political prisoners in Iran. The following is the full text of the op-ed that appeared in the IBTimes:

Ms. Asma Jahangir (Pakistan) was designated as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Human Rights Council in September 2016

OHCHR: UN human rights expert condemns “defamatory” Iran press report

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran has condemned a “defamatory” report in the Iranian state media aimed at compromising her integrity and independence. The following is the full text of the press release published on 24 April 2017 on the website of the Office of the United Nations …

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Ebrahim Raisi, key member of Tehran death committee planning 2017 presidential bid

Iran’s 1988 Massacre: Ebrahim Raisi, key member of Tehran death committee planning presidential bid

Commenting on the announcement on 6 April 2017 that Ebrahim Raisi will stand in Iran’s Presidential election next month, Tahar Boumedra of Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) said: “Ebrahim Raisi was a member of Khomeini’s ‘Death Committee’ in Tehran in 1988 that sent tens of thousands of political prisoners …

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United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva about the calls for a commission of inquiry into Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners.

Tribune de Genève: ‘Iran will have to answer for the 1988 massacre’

  The Swiss daily Tribune de Genève (TDG) reported from the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva about the calls for a commission of inquiry into Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners. The following is the English translation and full French text of the report which appeared in the print edition of the TDG …

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Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE

JVMI deeply saddened to lose Professor Sir Nigel Rodley

Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE, a former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from the United Kingdom, passed away on 25 January 2017 at the age of 75, following a short illness. He was a member of the advisory board of ‘Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre in Iran’ (JVMI).