By Khosro Bahar

After 28 years of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran's prisons, and after years of unceasing follow-up efforts by families of these victims, recently we are witnessing the global responses to the campaign for seeking justice, In particular, the issue was raised for the first time by the Secretary-General of the United Nations,

Mr. Antonio Guterres, And also the recent report by UN Special Rapporteur on human rights issues in Iran, Ms. Asima Jahangir, who in her latest report called for an independent and impartial inquiry About the massacre of more than thirty thousand political prisoners in 1988, and in her report, insisted on the right of the executed families to know about the details and truth of what had gone on to their loved ones and called on for more investigation.

Amnesty International also issued a report on the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 by Khomeini's decree, describing the massacre of the political prisoners who were supporter of the Mujahedeen-e-khalq (MEK/PMOI) who were buried in mass graves, as well as the actions of Khomeini, then leader of the Iranian regime, to hide the massacre from the eyes of the world, so that  there is no accurate information from the total number of that extrajudicial executions and the burial site of the  victims.

It is noteworthy that in the summer of 1988, 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in Iran's prisons, by the Khomeini’s Fetva (religious order). The victims of this crime were mostly educated young people in Iran and most of them were supporter of MEK who were arrested from years before, in demonstrations and political activities. During the presses of retrial in courts that took just a few minutes, they were sentenced to death by Iranian authorities. After being assassinated, the dead bodies were secretly buried by the elements of the Revolutionary Guards in the mass graves.

Ms. Asima Jahangir's report on slaughter in Iran is remarkable from two aspects: first, the report is brought up by an international organization, a topic that has caused hope for the families of the victims, and second, there have been very different reactions among the regime's authorities, which can be well seen by their fear of this report. Because they have been trying for many years to keep this secret from the new generation in Iran and the international community. But now the 1988 massacre in Iran has become a domestic and international issue. That's why Iranian regime officials constantly admit that the massacre was under Khomeini’s command to run away from international condemnation.

It is imperative that the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council establish an independent and international investigation into this great crime to find out the exact numbers of victims and their burial sites and identify those responsible for the crime and record the unprecedented massacre as a crime against humanity.

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