By Iran Probe Staff
Friday, 2 February 2018
United Nations should send a commission of inquiry to Iran to investigate the deaths and disappearances of detained Iranian protesters.
The London based “Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre in Iran” held a conference yesterday in the United Nations building in Geneva, supported by four international human rights organizations. The organizations called on Iran to release the protesters detained during the recent demonstrations and demanded justice for the 1988 massacre of the political prisoners in Iran.
Kristy Brimelow QC, chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales said, the massacre was a crime against humanity and similarly those who are still in prison arrested during the nationwide protests in January are at risk.
Confirmed reports say more than 8000 people were arrested during the recent anti- government demonstrations around Iran. Videos put on the internet show families of the detainees gathering in front of prisons in different cities, in particular, the appalling Evin prison in the capital Tehran, demanding the release of their loved ones. Photos taken at the scene show demonstrators holding pictures of those detainees killed by the guards. It is believed that about 50 of detainees have, so far, lost their lives. Reporters and outsiders are not allowed into the prisons which makes it totally impossible to know about the fate of detainees. Iranian resistance has already asked international organizations including the United Nations and the European Union to take practical measures to save the lives of political prisoners in Iran.
The New Year, in Iran, was marked by a series of anti-government demonstrations. Thousands, frustrated with the policies of the theocratic government, poured into the streets of more than 140 cities. It began with protests against consecutive rises in food prices, but the slogans soon turned against the regime’s Supreme Leader, Khamenei, and the government of Hassan Rouhani. In some areas clashes broke out and demonstrator threw stones and garbage at the security forces.
It was on January 9th ،after a ten day delay، that the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, showed up to speak about the situation. Addressing some of his close mullahs, in the city of Qom, he also said that people’s complaints should be attended. Just hours later a workers syndicate leader was mugged by government agents. In the same way, people whose deposits were grabbed by the state companies remained outside closed doors. Workers demanding their months of unpaid salaries were ignored. Promises of the Supreme Leader came out to be just hollows.
Khamenei, also, claimed demonstrators were not real people but were “proxies of foreign governments”. For years the Iranian regime has been incarcerating and even executing its opponents on the airy charges of “enmity against God” and “spying for foreign powers”. This is how Khamenei encourages the IRGC and the Besiege forces to suppress the protests. The past three decades have shown that this regime has no mercy for its political opponents. President Rouhani, whom some westerners tried to disguise as a moderate, once said, “With putting people before firing squads we are implementing God’s orders”.
Among the 8000 people, said to be arrested during the protests, almost 50 names have appeared of the victims murdered by the state security forces. Some had signs of severe torture when their families were burying them. Government claimed that those victims had committed suicide while in custody, an accusation that was strongly denied by families of the victims.
Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), who was on an official visit to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on January 24th, urged the Council of Europe and its member states to implement effective measures and necessary decisions to compel the Iranian regime to release the prisoners detained during the uprising
A number of youths are missing after the demonstrations, and their families know nothing about their whereabouts. Mullahs in the religious dictatorship should not feel free to do as they wish. International community should act against the flagrant violations of human rights in Iran. It is necessary that United Nations send a commission of inquiry to Iran to investigate the deaths, detentions, and disappearances of Iranian protesters and those murdered in the prisons.