Wednesday, August 29, 2018

AFTER 30 YEARS, INTERNATIONAL ACTION MUST ADDRESS THE 1988 MASSACRE IN IRAN




AFTER 30 YEARS, INTERNATIONAL ACTION MUST ADDRESS THE 1988 MASSACRE IN IRAN



By INU Staff
INU - At a global conference of Iranian communities across 20 cities commemorating the 30th anniversary of 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, Maryam Rajavi, president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), told her audience that the clerical regime has been allowed to carry on with its “crimes against humanity”. She said, “The mullahs have continued with impunity to violate human rights in Iran, crack down on public protests, launch terrorist operations, and wage catastrophic wars in the Middle East and other countries. Now, the time has come to end this silence.”
After four decades of repression and human rights abuses in Iran, she urged the UN Security Council to prepare for the prosecution of the regime’s leaders, many of whom are responsible for the massacre.
“The clerical regime’s reaction to dissent, even inside prisons under their own control, is mass execution.” she said.
She continued, “Any legitimate protest or demonstration is repressed by detention and torture of participants.
“In the uprisings last December and January, what was the protesters’ demand and what did they do wrong to be tortured to death?
“The bodies of a number of them were handed over to their families, telling them that they had committed suicide while in detention.
“The regime commits the crime and yet blames the victims of torture and massacre as culprits and criminals.”
According to Mrs. Rajavi, the regime’s spies should be expelled from western countries, and their embassies closed. All relations terminated with a regime that uses diplomatic resources to promote “state-sponsored terrorism” should be terminated.
The NCRI’s president-elect also discussed the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and how it is playing an increasingly important role in organizing the protests and the resistance against the regime.
“The time has come for the world community to stand by the people of Iran in their uprising against the religious fascist regime ruling Iran and recognise their determination for regime change,” she asserted. “The resistance units in Iran follow the footsteps of those men and women who said no to the regime and were massacred in 1988.”
She also pointed out that, “The clerical regime is beleaguered by the eight-month-long uprisings, by the growing role of the PMOI and resistance units in organising and leading the revolts, and by the consequences of a plummeting and drowning economy.”
Former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island, Patrick Kennedy added, “This is not an Iranian issue this is a human rights issue… because if it can happen in Iran in a modern era it can happen anywhere in the world where people do not stand up for human rights and for those who suffer.”

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