British MPs Call for Investigation into 1988 Iranian Massacre of Political Prisoners

More than 30 British MPs and lords have called for justice over the 1988 Iranian massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in a recent statement, Iran Focus reports.

During the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Bournemouth in September, a delegation from the Iranian Resistance was invited to take part and to meet with Representatives of the House of Commons and British Lords of the Liberal Democratic Party to discuss the perpetuation of human rights violations in Iran, specifically the continued executions, and in particular, the execution of women and youths.

“We are deeply concerned over the deterioration of human rights situation in Iran and in particular the increasing number of executions which has surpassed 3,200 during Rouhani’s tenure with over 200 reported executions since July 2017,” the statement reads.

The statement also quoted the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran on August 14, 2017 documents these violations as well as highlights the massacre of thousands of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 including men, women and teenagers, and all political prisoners who supported the main opposition movement, the PMOI.

They also called on the British Government and Foreign Office to recognise the massacre as a crime against humanity, support the actions of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran and request the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations order an investigation in order to secure justice for the victims and bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

“We, the undersigned, support the call by President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, for actions by the UN and Western democracies to end impunity enjoyed by the authorities in Iran and urge HM Government and FCO to [1] recognize and condemn this massacre as a crime against humanity in accordance with UK’s support for the work done by the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran [and 2] ask the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to order an investigative inquiry into these mass executions with the purpose of bringing the perpetrators to justice.” the statements further adds.