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Paris: Iranian opposition holds conference in memory of 1988 massacre victims

Images of a photo exhibition in Paris 1er Arrondissement in memory of over 30,000 political prisoners executed during the summer 1988 massacre in Iran
Images of a photo exhibition in Paris 1er Arrondissement in memory of over 30,000 political prisoners executed during the summer 1988 massacre in Iran

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Paris, August 31, 2019–A conference and exhibition was held in Paris 1er Arrondissement on Friday, August 30, marking the 31st anniversary of the summer 1988 massacre in Iran during which the mullahs’ regime executed over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

The participants expressed their support for the 1988 massacre martyrs’ movement and called for an international investigation into this genocide, and the prosecution of regime officials as perpetrators involved in this crime against humanity. The list includes Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, former intelligence minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi and Justice Minister Alireza Avaie.

Images and various information about the martyrs, photos of mass graves in different cities across Iran, documents and evidence related to the massacre and genocide specifically targeting PMOI/MEK members and supporters for their dedication to their cause and remaining firm despite the regime’s atrocious prison conditions.

The documents also included remarks made by senior regime officials on this crime against humanity, images and information about members of the “Death Commission” tasked to carry out the massacres in Tehran and other cities throughout the country.

A number of French mayors, political dignitaries and groups of French citizens visited different sectors of the exhibition and signed a book in memory of the 1988 massacre martyrs.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) coalition, delivered a live video message to the conference.

“Khomeini’s death decree triggered a wave of killings in prisons across Iran to the extent that virtually no prisoner remained in any of the wards,” Mrs. Rajavi said. “31 years on, the perpetrators of this massacre continue to be among the highest officials of the Iranian regime. In recent months, Khamenei appointed one of the principal executioners involved in the 1988 massacre as head of the Judiciary. Another executioner is Rouhani’s Minister of Justice.
“Just last month, Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, one of the key members of the Death Commissions carrying out the 1988 massacre, said, ‘The PMOI have desecrated the (regime’s) image throughout the world... Now is the time to fight the PMOI… The PMOI are the most treacherous enemies of this nation and they must be dealt with one by one.’

“Now, what is the solution and what is the proper approach to this regime?
The solution lies in the hands of the Iranian people and Resistance who seek the overthrow of this dictatorship. The international community will also have to recognize the desire of the Iranian people and Resistance if they want to get rid of the epicenter of fundamentalism and terrorism in the world. They must not grant concessions to the mullahs. They must not shake hands with the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre.
“The time has come for the international community to end three decades of impunity for the clerical regime’s leaders in accounting for their crimes.
“The dossier of human rights violations in Iran, particularly the massacre in 1988, must be referred to the UN Security Council. Khamenei and other leaders of the Iranian regime must face justice for committing crimes against humanity.
“The United Nations must launch an international mission to investigate the 1988 massacre in Iran.
And the world must recognize the Iranian people’s right to resist and fight for the overthrow of the ruling religious fascism.”

In their speeches, the mayors and dignitaries from France and across the globe condemned the 1988 massacre as a crime against humanity and emphasized their support for the Iranian people’s organized resistance movement aiming to establish freedom and people’s sovereignty in Iran.

The speakers also called for the mullahs’ dictatorship to be held accountable for the wave of executions and gross human rights violations inside the country, and exporting terrorism, warmongering and bribery across the globe. The mullahs’ regime should also face justice for its role in crimes against humanity and genocide against the PMOI/MEK, the speakers added.