UNSG report to 47th session of Human Rights Council highlights ongoing violations related to Iran’s 1988 massacre

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has highlighted ongoing human rights abuses related to the 1988 massacre in his report of 14 May 2021 on the Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the 47th session of the Human Rights Council.

Paragraph 34 of the report (A/HRC/47/22) mentions the case of political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared who has been imprisoned for the past 12 years without a day of furlough. It points out that Akbari Monfared has faced harassment for seeking an official investigation into the 1988 execution of political prisoners, including her siblings.

See paragraph 34:

34. Prisoners of conscience, political activists, human rights defenders and lawyers are disproportionately excluded from temporary release.49 Some political prisoners have been in prison for years without a single day of furlough. For example, Maryam Akbari Monfared, who was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for participating in protests in 2009, has been imprisoned for the past 12 years. Harassment against her increased after she filed a formal complaint, seeking official investigation into the 1988 executions of political prisoners, including her siblings.50 Similarly, Zeinab Jalalian, a Kurdish political prisoner serving a life sentence for moharebeh, has been held in prison since 2008 without furlough. 51

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