By Iran Probe Staff
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Amnesty International and Justice for Iran report that Iranian regime is destroying evidence of the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, according to a statement released by Amenesty International on Monday, 30 April.
New evidence including satellite imagery, photo and video analysis shows that the Iranian authorities are deliberately destroying suspected or confirmed mass grave sites associated with the 1988 massacre in which thousands of prisoners detained for political reasons were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed,
“These are crime scenes and must be protected as such until proper and independent forensic investigations are carried out to identify the remains and the circumstances of what happened to the victims,” said Shadi Sadr, the Executive Director of Justice for Iran, “These horrific crimes must be properly investigated and all those responsible for committing, ordering and concealing these crimes brought to justice in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.”
Amnesty International, in its report, introduced the site of a mass grave being destroyed for eliminating the effects of crime by the Iranian regime. “They are located inside or near Behesht Reza cemetery in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province; Behesht Abad cemetery in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province; Vadieh Rahmat cemetery in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province; Golestan Javid cemetery in Khavaran; Tazeh Abad cemetery in Rasht, Gilan province; the Baha’i cemetery in Qorveh, Kurdistan province; and the grounds of the former premises of the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province.”
Justice for Iran estimates that there may be more than 120 locations across Iran that contain the remains of the victims of the 1988 massacre.
Waste masses at the site of mass grave in Ahvaz
Parts of the mass grave located at the southeastern corner of the Behesht-e Reza cemetery in Mashhad
A mass grave in a piece of wasteland in the east of Behesht Abad cemetery in Ahvaz