By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
The Iranian regime has recently sent 33 Sunni political prisoners to the gallows, according to the latest information obtained from inside the country. Some of these individuals had already been behind bars for four years. Coincidently, a number of other political prisoners, including Saleh Kohandel, Mohammad Ali Mansouri and Afshin Baimani were transferred from hall 12 of ward 4 in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) to an undisclosed location.
33 political executions in one day and increasing pressure on other inmates is the regime’s defensive reaction in the face of escalating domestic crises, the expansion of the Iranian Resistance and opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) under the leadership of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of this body, and their growing global credibility. The Iranian Resistance’s developing influence in prisons has been witnessed in recent months in numerous hunger strikes, and more importantly the strong stances adopted by political prisoners in support of the NCRI’s grand annual gathering held on July 9th, all leading the regime to be terrified of its imminent toppling more than ever before. Political prisoners expressing support for such causes from inside the regime’s dungeons in Iran is especially a red line for Tehran, carrying an offensive characteristic aimed at bringing an end to the climate of fear and clampdown imposed on the country. This is exactly why the regime has resorted to such mass executions, aimed at preventing the expansions of protests in prison, and it having its toll on the society.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi condemned the mass execution of Sunni political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison as a crime against humanitarian, and called upon all the population, especially the youth, to rise in support and solidarity with the families of the recent victims.
Mrs. Rajavi called on the “U.N. Human Rights Council and Security Council to present this regime’s dossier to an international criminal court to have the officials of this crime brought before justice.” Those who resort to the massacre of political prisoners today are the same senior officials and executive/judicial elements of this regime involved in the 1988 massacre that left 30,000 political prisoners killed across Iran’s prisons in the span of just a few months. The Iranian regime must be prosecuted in an international criminal court for crimes against humanity.