Tahar Boumedra

Tahar Boumedra tells global summit it’s time for UN to probe the 1988 massacre

Tahar Boumedra of Justice for the Victims of the 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) told an online global summit about the 1988 massacre that it is high time for the United Nations to launch an independent investigation into this unpunished crime against humanity.

Boumedra, a former head of the UN human rights office in Iraq, addressed an online conference on July 19, 2020 called: “Day 2 of Free Iran Global Summit, Call for Justice over the 1988 Massacre”.

View Tahar Boumedra’s address: https://www.pscp.tv/iran_policy/1yNGaBlBBkWJj?t=2h16m59s


Following a fatwa handed down by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini in mid-July 1988, more than 30,000 political prisoners with various political tendencies, mostly affiliated with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), were secretly mass executed over several months after mock trials lasting just five minutes. Their corpses were doused with disinfectant, packed in refrigerated trucks, and buried at night in mass graves across the country.

An investigation in 2017 by JVMI uncovered the identities of 87 Death Commission members. Many still hold senior positions in the Iranian Judiciary or government. They include Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi and Justice Minister Alireza Avaei. The perpetrators have never been held accountable.