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Families of Victims and Witnesses of the 1988 Massacre in Iran Are Seeking Justice

Mother Hamdam who never received the body of her son killed under torture, former political prisoner Mehri Omrani, and Behnaz Attarzadeh whose two brothers were killed by the mullahs regime
Mother Hamdam who never received the body of her son killed under torture, former political prisoner Mehri Emrani, and Behnaz Attarzadeh whose two brothers were killed by the mullahs regime

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Women Committee reported that a number of former political prisoners, witnesses of the 1988 massacre, and families of the victims made speeches in a gathering outside the Court of Stockholm back in August, where Hamid Noury, one of the massacre perpetrators, is currently on trial for his crimes against humanity.

The NCRI Women Committee said, “Ms. Mehri Omrani is a former political prisoner from the 1980s and one of the witnesses seeking justice for the 1988 massacre.”

Emrani gave a speech at the gathering in Sweden on August 12 and said that the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) had sent a list of former political prisoners and witnesses of the massacre to international human rights authorities and the Swedish Judiciary, following which complaints were filed against Hamid Noury and his involvement in the massacre.

She said, “I was imprisoned for eight years from 1983 to 1991 in Tehran’s Evin and Mashhad’s Vakilabad prisons for supporting the PMOI/MEK. I am one of the witnesses and one of the survivors of the 1988 massacre.”

She also called upon Western governments, the United Nations and the UN Security Council to stand by the Iranian people who are suffering under the Iranian regime’s oppression and to prosecute regime officials who were involved in the 1988 massacre.

The NCRI Women Committee said, “Behnaz Attarzadeh is the sister of two victims of the genocide carried out in 1988 in Iran.”

Attarzadeh spoke at the same rally and discussed what her siblings Mohsen and Behrouz went through. She said that Behrouz was imprisoned at the age of 16 and spent seven years in Evin and Qezel Hessar prisons despite receiving no verdict. Mohsen had been sentenced to 10 years in Vakilabad prison in Mashhad but only served three of those years before he and Behrouz were hanged in the summer of 1988.

She explained how her mother took photos of her siblings to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Reynaldo Galindo Pohl, between 1988 and 1989 and urged him to launch an investigation into the massacre and their deaths. She said, “My mother said she was not the only mother, but there were other mothers. They wanted to go there but were arrested by the criminal regime to cover up this crime.”

The NCRI Women Committee said, “Mother Hamdam was another speaker at the gathering in Stockholm on August 12, 2021.”

She is the mother of Sassan Saeedpour who was arrested in October 1981. She got word from the regime that he had been killed in a street clash, however after searching everywhere to retrieve his body, it came to light three months later that following his arrest he had been regularly tortured. His death was suspected to have occurred whilst being subjected to torture.

She said, “I have nothing of him. They did not give us his last will. I have only one poem from him that prisoners have passed along by word of mouth.”