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JVMI Library

The JVMI Library includes the texts of key international human rights conventions, Iran’s constitution and penal code and other relevant documents and reports related to the human rights situation in Iran, with special focus on the 1988 Massacre.

December 2020 UN General Assembly Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

December 2020 UN General Assembly Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

The United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 2020 adopted Resolution A/RES/75/191 on the Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The resolution highlights “long-standing violations involving the Iranian judiciary and security agencies, including enforced disappearances and […]
European Parliament Resolution of 17 December 2020 on Iran

European Parliament Resolution of 17 December 2020 on Iran

The European Parliament on 17 December 2020 adopted a resolution on Iran referring to the mass extrajudicial executions of the 1980s. The text stated that the European Parliament, “Calls on the Government of Iran to immediately and unconditionally release the […]
December 2020: UN experts echo call for international investigation into Iran’s 1988 massacre

December 2020: UN experts echo call for international investigation into Iran’s 1988 massacre

Seven United Nations experts have sent a letter to the Iranian authorities stating that the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners could amount to “crimes against humanity” and vowing to call for an international investigation into the mass murders […]
November 2020: UN Third Committee Adopts Resolution on Iran

November 2020: UN Third Committee Adopts Resolution on Iran

On 18 November 2020, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a resolution on the Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, highlighting “long-standing violations involving the Iranian judiciary and security agencies, including enforced disappearances and […]
21 NGOs appeal to UN to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

21 NGOs appeal to UN to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

Twenty-one NGOs have issued a joint appeal to the United Nations to launch an investigation into Iran’s 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners. The statement was submitted to the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The following […]
NGOs warn UN of potential new massacre in Iran

NGOs warn UN of potential new massacre in Iran

A group of 21 NGOs have warned the United Nations Human Rights Council of the potential for a new massacre of political prisoners in Iran, mirroring the 1988 massacre. The NGO called for the establishment of a commission of inquiry […]
Mass murderers are running Iran’s judiciary

Mass murderers are running Iran’s judiciary

Seven NGOs have drawn the attention of the United Nations to the presence of mass murderers in Iran’s Judiciary. In a joint written statement to the Human Rights Council’s 42nd session, the NGOs pointed out that perpetrators of Iran’s 1988 […]
NGOs urge UN to end impunity over Iran’s 1988 massacre

NGOs urge UN to end impunity over Iran’s 1988 massacre

A group of seven NGOs have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to end the impunity enjoyed by Iranian officials over the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. In a joint written statement to the Human Rights Council’s […]
Amnesty International urges UN to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

Amnesty International urges UN to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre

Amnesty International has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to address the “crisis of impunity” resulting from Iran’s “ongoing crimes against humanity”. In a written statement to the Human Rights Council’s 40th session, Amnesty International urged Member States to […]
Nine NGOs urge UN to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners

Nine NGOs urge UN to investigate Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners

A group of nine non-governmental organisations submitted a joint written statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 39th session, urging the global human rights body to launch an investigation into Iran’s 1988 massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners. Joint […]
December 2018: Amnesty International’s report on the 1988 massacre

December 2018: Amnesty International’s report on the 1988 massacre

In December 2018, Amnesty International published a 201-page report “Blood-soaked secrets: Why Iran’s 1988 prison massacres are ongoing crimes against humanity” calling on the UN to set up an independent investigation to help bring those responsible for these abhorrent crimes […]
April 2018: US Congress passes bill recognising 1988 massacre in Iran

April 2018: US Congress passes bill recognising 1988 massacre in Iran

The United States House of Representatives on 26 April 2018 passed the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act (H.R. 4744). The text in particular refers to the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners in Iran:
March 2018: New report by UN Special Rapporteur on Iran reiterates need for investigation into 1988 massacre

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 […]
February 2018: Report of civil society hearing into Iran’s 1988 Massacre

February 2018: Report of civil society hearing into Iran’s 1988 Massacre

Click here to read the report of a civil society hearing into Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners held in Geneva on 1 February 2018.
October 2017: NEW JVMI REPORT – 1988 Massacre in Iran: Evidence of a Crime Against Humanity

October 2017: NEW JVMI REPORT – 1988 Massacre in Iran: Evidence of a Crime Against Humanity

The JVMI is today publishing a new report about Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners, exposing the identities of dozens of members of the “Death Commissions”, some of who are current senior members of the Iranian administration including the government […]
August 2017: New report by UN Special Rapporteur draws attention to Iran’s 1988 massacre

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 […]
June 2017: Letter by UN Special Procedures to Iran over the crackdown on individuals seeking justice for the 1988 massacre

June 2017: Letter by UN Special Procedures to Iran over the crackdown on individuals seeking justice for the 1988 massacre

Letter by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran; the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion […]
March 2017: UN chief warns of crackdown against dissidents seeking justice over Iran’s 1988 massacre

March 2017: UN chief warns of crackdown against dissidents seeking justice over Iran’s 1988 massacre

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has in a new report to the Human Rights Council included references to Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners and human rights abuses towards campaigners demanding justice over the massacre.
March 2017: Asma Jahangir highlights clampdown on dissidents calling for justice over Iran’s 1988 massacre

March 2017: Asma Jahangir highlights clampdown on dissidents calling for justice over Iran’s 1988 massacre

Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, has in her latest report to the Human Rights Council included references to Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners and human rights abuses towards campaigners demanding justice […]
February 2017: JVMI report ‘Inquiry into the 1988 mass executions in Iran’

February 2017: JVMI report ‘Inquiry into the 1988 mass executions in Iran’

  Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) unveiled its report on Iran’s 1988 massacre at the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 15 March 2017. The 366-page report evidences […]
November 2016 – UN Third Committee approves draft resolution on rights abuses in Iran

November 2016 – UN Third Committee approves draft resolution on rights abuses in Iran

The United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved a draft resolution on 15 November 2016, which pertained to the human rights situation in Iran.
Secret letter by Khomeini’s deputy acknowledges execution of 13-year-old girls in Iran

Secret letter by Khomeini’s deputy acknowledges execution of 13-year-old girls in Iran

On 27 September 2016, a state-run website published the text and scan of a letter written exactly 35 years to the day by Iran’s former deputy supreme leader to the Ayatollah Khomeini, pointing out the Iranian judiciary was executing girls […]
Audio transcript of Iran officials’ remarks about 1988 massacre

Audio transcript of Iran officials’ remarks about 1988 massacre

Partial Translation of the remarks by Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri in a meeting with the members of the “death commission” in Tehran regarding the massacre of political prisoners in Iran August 15, 1988 Introduction:
The Sunday Telegraph: Khomeini fatwa ‘led to killing of 30,000 in Iran’

The Sunday Telegraph: Khomeini fatwa ‘led to killing of 30,000 in Iran’

The Sunday Telegraph By Christina Lamb, Diplomatic Correspondent 4 February 2001 CHILDREN as young as 13 were hanged from cranes, six at a time, in a barbaric two-month purge of Iran’s prisons on the direct orders of Ayatollah Khomeini, according […]
Khomeini’s fatwa ordering the 1988 massacre in Iran’s prisons

Khomeini’s fatwa ordering the 1988 massacre in Iran’s prisons

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa (or religious decree) in July 1988 ordering the execution of members and supporters of the main opposition group PMOI (MEK) who remained loyal to the organization, including those who had already […]
Rafsanjani: Cut off their arms and legs

Rafsanjani: Cut off their arms and legs

Ettela’at, October 3, 1981 Referring to the grouplets’ operations, Hashemi Rafsanjani, speaker of the Islamic parliament and Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader, said in his first sermon:
Montazeri’s first letter to Khomeini in protest to mass executions

Montazeri’s first letter to Khomeini in protest to mass executions

On July 31, 1988, Iran’s former Deputy Supreme Leader Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri wrote to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to express his grave concern over the mass executions of political prisoners in Iran, namely members of the PMOI, which he […]
Montazeri’s second letter to Khomeini in protest to mass executions

Montazeri’s second letter to Khomeini in protest to mass executions

In his second letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on August 2, 1988, after failing to receive a response to his earlier appeal, Iran’s former Deputy Supreme Leader Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri once again notified him of the way […]
Official Decree Sanctions Draining of Prisoners’ Blood Before Execution

Official Decree Sanctions Draining of Prisoners’ Blood Before Execution

In the Name of God Date: 10/7/1360 (2/10/1982) No. 3250 From: Prosecutor General’s Office of the Islamic Republic of Iran To: All Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Offices in Cities and Provinces
International Standards guiding the UN Special Rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions

International Standards guiding the UN Special Rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions

From the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this text outlines the international standards that guide the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions: International Standards The Special Rapporteur is guided primarily by international legal […]