Cross-party Members of Parliament from both the UK and European countries took part in a virtual conference on Thursday, 10 September 2020, to support the global campaign to seek justice for victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.
Prominent human rights lawyers, a former UN official, the UK Representative of the Iranian Resistance Movement (NCRI), European parliamentarians and dignitaries also participated in the conference, which heard testimonies from the family members of the victims of the 1988 massacre.
Speakers agreed that the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988 is an ongoing crime against humanity ordered by the highest authority in the country at the time. They also argued that the appalling human rights situation in Iran is a direct result of the failure of the international community to hold the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre to account.
Malcom Fowler, jurist joined the Online Parliamentary Conference by Cross-Party UK, European MPs and Prominent Jurists on 1988 Massacre in Iran. In his remarks, Mr. Fowler said, “The atrocious crimes of 1988 matter. They mattered yesterday, and they still matter today. 1988 is with us still now. The atrocities continue as if they were perpetrated yesterday because they still go on.”
Malcom Fowler, jurist:
The atrocious crimes of 1988 matter. They mattered yesterday, and they still matter today. 1988 is with us still now. The atrocities continue as if they were perpetrated yesterday because they still go on.
In all conscience, the flames are still being fanned by this violent regime. We must pursue the perpetrators. There is plenty of evidence.
We need a scrutiny of what went on. Let right be done. It must be done now. We must eradicate this injustice.