1988 Massacre

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.

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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Ebrahim Raisi cancels Geneva trip amid calls for his arrest

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi cancelled his appearance at the 2023 Global Refugee Forum in Geneva out of fear of being arrested over his role in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, Swiss and international media reported. Raisi was due to address the forum on 13 December 2023. However, three survivors and witnesses to the 1988 …

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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

Text of Open Letter to the Council on Foreign Relations

Click here to see the profiles of the signatories OPEN LETTER Michael FromanPresident, Council on Foreign Relations58 East 68th StreetNew York, NY 10065 URGENT – 18 September 2023 Dear Mr. Froman, It has come to our attention that the Council on Foreign Relations has extended an invitation to the President of Iran’s regime, Ebrahim Raisi, …

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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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Dr. Melanie O’Brien, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)

Melanie O’Brien: There must be Accountability for Crimes by the Iranian Government – from the 1980s and Now

Remarks by Melanie O’Brien, Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), 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: The UN Special Advisor on Genocide Prevention, …

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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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125 former world leaders seek accountability in Iran

UPDATE, 9 July 2023: Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown are among more than a dozen distinguished former world leaders who have announced their support for the Open Letter on Iran. UPDATE, 17 July 2023: Mario Monti, former Prime Minister of Italy; Joseph Deiss, former President …

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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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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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UN Special Rapporteur’s report to UNGA 77 seeks accountability for Iran’s 1988 massacre

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, has released his report to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, in which he once again calls for international accountability regarding the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. The report, A/77/181, dated 18 …

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UN High Commissioner welcomes “historic conviction” of perpetrator of Iran’s 1988 massacre

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has welcomed the “historic conviction” of former Iranian prison guard Hamid Noury in Sweden for his role in the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners in Iran. She urged states to use “universal jurisdiction” to bridge the “accountability gap” for serious crimes and ensure truth …

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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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UN Special Rapporteur, Member States call for accountability over Iran’s 1988 massacre at the Human Rights Council

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran on Thursday appealed to the international community to support accountability for the 1988 enforced disappearances and summary and arbitrary executions in Iran. Presenting his latest report (A/HRC/49/75) to the annual UN Human Rights Council session on Iran on …

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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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Remarks by Prof. Stefan Trechsel 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. Stefan Trechsel 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: Dear friends, I am …

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