JVMI to announce major initiative by global human rights community in support of UN probe into Iran’s 1988 massacre
“Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran” (JVMI) will hold a press conference in London on Thursday, 27 January to announce an unprecedented initiative by the global human rights community in support of a UN investigation into the 1988 massacre in Iran.
The JVMI, a not-for-profit centre for research and documentation in London which operates internationally, was formed in 2016 by a group of human rights lawyers, political personalities, former UN officials, former government officials and former Iranian political prisoners.
Tahar Boumedra, JVMI Director and former chief of the Human Rights Office of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), and Struan Stevenson, former Scottish MEP and Coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change (CIC), will be among speakers of the conference.
In the summer of 1988, based on a fatwa by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, as many as 30,000 political prisoners were extra-judicially executed or forcibly disappeared. Victims were from various political groups. The majority were activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI or MEK).
There has never been a UN investigation into the 1988 massacre.
Iran’s current President Ebrahim Raisi and Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei are key perpetrators of the 1988 massacre, who continue to enjoy impunity.