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Remarks by Bahador Kiamarzi–Call for Justice Summit, July 19, 2020

Bahador Kiamarzi, Former Political Prisoner joined the Online Free Iran Global Summit—day 2. In his remarks, Mr. Kiamarzi said, “We are a generation that has seen this regime’s bloodshed and crimes. We will neither forgive nor forget.”

In July 1988, the Iranian religious fascism’s founder and the first supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering the execution of imprisoned opponents, including those who had already been tried and were serving their prison terms. This was the beginning of what turned out to be the biggest massacre of political prisoners since World War II.

Following the decree, some 30,000 political prisoners were extra-judicially executed within several months. Today, thanks to the initiative of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), known as “Call for Justice” many legal and international bodies have joined the families of victims in search of justice.

Here is the speech of Mr. Kiamarzi:

My parents were supporters of the MEK who were arrested in 1982. Because my mother was pregnant with me, I was born in Evin Prison, where I grew up for 4 years. My uncle, a 19-year-old activist, was shot dead in the street in 1981, and I was named after him to keep his name alive.

I was in prison with my mother, but I was never able to see my father. My grandmother once recounted to me one visit to my father in prison, whom I had not seen until then. I wore my best clothes and remember a door at the end of the meeting corridor where I saw a man standing. My grandmother said he was my father. I ran to him, eager to see him, but as I was about to reach him, a guard shut the door. I hit the door and fell to the ground. This was my first and last meeting with my father, who was executed on August 2, 1988.

He is not only a hero for me, but a role model that in choosing this path one must be ready to sacrifice the best things.

I am not alone in experiencing these atrocities, but one of thousands. We are a generation that has seen this regime’s bloodshed and crimes. We will neither forgive nor forget, and this blood will have never been shed in vain, but is a guarantee to continue until the overthrow of the regime and liberation of our suffering people from the yoke of the mullahs has been won.

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