Tuesday, September 21, 2021: Simultaneously with the online speech of Ebrahim Raisi, the criminal president of the Iranian regime, at the UN General Assembly, Iranians, Supporters of the MEK staged demonstrations in the US, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Romania.
They demanded that the mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi be tried for crimes against humanity. Iranians do not recognize Raisi as the representative of the Iranian people and call on the UN to Prosecute Raisi.
The National Council of Resistance (NCRI) Women Committee reported on September 19 that as the trial of Iranian regime official, Hamid Noury was ongoing at a court in Stockholm, Sweden last week for his involvement in the 1988 massacre, witnesses and the families of massacre victims held rallies near the courthouse and around the world, and spoke out about their experiences.
The NCRI Women Committee said, “Batool Majani, a political prisoner for seven years, sought justice for the 1988 massacre in a rally in Stockholm on August 10.”
Majani explained how the regime executed seven members of her family, with five of them being among the victims of the 1988 massacre. She said, “All the massacred women were affiliated with the PMOI [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran]. These heroines paved the way for the liberation of Iranian women.”
Speaking in an interview on the Swedish National Television on August 13, Majani spoke of how both her uncle and father were murdered by the regime 40 years ago. Her uncle was killed after two days of being subjected to torture, while her father was murdered a month later without standing a trial following his arrest.
The NCRI Women Committee said, “Soheila Dashti is also among those who seek justice for the 1988 massacre. She spoke to the rally in Stockholm on August 10.”
Dashti was also interviewed alongside Majani on August 13, and she recounted how her 26-year-old cousin was executed by the regime. She said, “Of course, the crime is not just about my family, but about all Iranians. They massacred a generation.”
The NCRI Women Committee said, “Laya Gohari is a former political prisoner who lost her brother and many friends under the clerical regime. She seeks justice for the victims.”
Speaking at the rally in Stockholm on August 10, Gohari recalled how she was arrested in November 1981, when she was a 17-year-old student, for being in support of the PMOI. She said, “I spent my captivity in Evin and Ghezel Hesar prisons. I experienced a gradual death for six months in solitary confinement of ‘grave’ and ‘doomsday’.”
During her stint in prison, she learned of the execution of her brother who was executed in February 1982, and after her release in March 1986, she got word that her cousin suffered the same fate. Both men were teenagers at the time of their executions.
Fatemeh KhazAli attended the August 11 rally in Stockholm and in her speech declared that her brother Mohsen was arrested during a peaceful demonstration in 1981. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being mentally and physically tortured. Until 1988, he served his sentence at Evin Prison and in that year, he was brought to the ‘Death Commission’ to be tried in front of a group of judges in a minute-long trial. When he admitted that he was a supporter of the MEK, he was led to the gallows and was executed, along with other PMOI prisoners.
KhazAli said, “Despite their efforts, the mullahs were not able to conceal this crime against humanity. We, the families of the victims of the 1988 massacre, have vowed not to forget and not to forgive this crime. We will not relent until the perpetrators of this heinous crime face justice.”
Monday, September 20, 2021, Stockholm: Iranians, Supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) Demonstrated in Seeking Justice for the Martyrs of 1988 Massacre.
Iranians, supporters of the Iranian resistance, gathered in front of the court of the executioner Hamid Noury. Monday’s trial witness was Mr. Nasrollah Marandi, a former political prisoner, and witness to the 1988 massacre and the role of the executioner Hamid Noury in the crime.
They demanded to prosecute the Iranian regime’s officials, especially supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity.
The demonstrators chanted: “We are the plaintiff of the 1988 massacre”, “we are with the uprising of the Iranian people at any moment.” “The will of the people of Iran, the trial of the murderers.” “1988 massacre, 30,000 executed” “From 1988 to November 2019, we are seeking justice to our companions(Martyrs).”
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported on September 18th that as Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime president, is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday, September 21, a conference will be held in Sweden to discuss his history of human rights abuses.
Iranian activists and expatriates are hosting the conference in Stockholm to discuss his history of supporting terrorism and his involvement in abuses of human rights, notably his involvement in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988.
The NCRI said, “Raisi and his administration will oversee an upsurge in most of the regime’s malign activities. While a mere commitment to destructive politics is perhaps no grounds for barring Raisi from addressing the international community, the actual details of his record should have made him persona non grata among the democratic nations of the world since before he was appointed president.”
Many former political prisoners who personally witnessed the atrocities of the 1988 massacre and others who bore the brunt of Raisi’s brutally will be present at the conference either virtually or in person, some of whom were present at the NCRI’s global video conference on human rights and international law last month.
The fact that Raisi was invited to make a speech as the UNGA makes it clear that the international community are still unwilling to bring Raisi and other perpetrators of the 1988 massacre to justice despite a widespread campaign that has grown steadily for many years.
The NCRI said, “In light of the wealth of knowledge that is now available to the international community about Raisi’s background and role in the massacre, his speech is an insult to those who survived the massacre or lost loved ones to the proceedings of “death commissions” on which Raisi was a leading figure.”
Geoffrey Robertson QC from the UK and Eric David, a professor from Belgium, who attended the NCRI’s conference in August, both referred to the 1988 massacre as an act of genocide. They explained that the fatwa issued in 1988 by then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini called for the executions of people affiliated with opposition groups, as their interpretation of Islam didn’t align with the mullahs’ extremist fundamentalist views.
The NCRI said, “The attempted annihilation of any ethnic or religious group is genocide under international law, and as Robertson pointed out, the Genocide Convention obligates any ratifying country to act against ongoing incidents or to prosecute those responsible for past incidents.”
Western governments have neglected to accept this obligation, and with the European Union sending a delegation to Raisi’s presidential inauguration on August 5, they have once again led the regime to believe that they are untouchable.
The hope is that with the conference in Sweden broadcasting the details of Raisi’s crimes against humanity, a larger international audience can be reached and further pressure Western officials and governments to hold the regime and Raisi accountable for their 40-years’ worth of human rights abuses.
The NCRI said, “This is something they can do via prosecution at the International Criminal Court. But if the regime allies pose an obstacle to such a multilateral effort, any nation that has ratified the Genocide Convention may arrest Raisi on the principle of universal jurisdiction if he sets foot on its territory.”
Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian Senator and Presidential Candidate, addressed at the 2nd Day of The Free Iran World Summit on July 12, 2021.
Thank you so much. As I observe you all, especially the attitude for issues to resolve, and I hear your words, I am struck and impressed by the contrast and significance between this woman, a truly exceptional leader, hoisting with courage and determination, the flag of resistance, of democracy, of fair elections, of human rights, of the rule of law, or gender equality.
And this other man, Ebrahim Raisi, the officially designated president of Iran rocketed into power after a sham election, and ridiculed by the lowest turnout on record. An election conducted under extreme repression, in which women, religious minorities and opponents were barred from running for office, an election where citizens were intimidated and journalists arrested to prevent them from informing about this man, the former head of the Iranian judiciary, known also as the butcher, the butcher for his crimes against humanity: the mass murders since 1988 and until today, the enforced disappearance and the tortures. Ebrahim Raisi‘s response to be butchers when asked about his involvement in these killings was that he should be praised for them, and then he was proud of his work.
In contrast, Maryam Rajavi claimed this year another impressive victory against impunity with the condemnation of Iranian diplomat, Asadollah Asadi, for trying to bomb the 2018 annual gathering in Villepinte in Paris, where many of us would have been slaughtered. This is the sheer contrast that we are witnessing. This is the reason we admire the Iranian resistance and this is what moves us year after year to come and join you all and proclaim our resolve to fight the Iranian dictatorship by your side no matter the mask he chooses to wear. Ahmadinejad, Rouhani or Raisi, they are all one and the same.
They are all part of this blood thirsty monster sitting in history with contempt for the values we share, thinking that they will be the long-term winners because they can get away with lies and bravado, outplayers using our divisions, playing with our governments that come and go, and with contradictions of our short term strategies, sometimes wanting to confront them, and sometimes trying to negotiate with them. They have been right about that, to some extent, but not anymore, because they are already defeated, and they know they will prevail. The end is here, and it has a name and face.
The name is the name of every Ashrafian, and the face is the face of you, Maryam Rajavi. It is because of the example of resilience and determination that young people in Iran are daring to defy this homicidal regime, burning images of Khamenei in daylight, chanting death to the tyrants and claiming their right at the risk of their lives. These young girls and boys have never known better. They were born under tyranny and hell have lived all their lives under repression. That was old time normal, but they heard you, and you have awakened them and given them a new horizon. You, Ashrafians are the archive of the nation to source from which new generations can learn about their own past, the memories of your lives are narrating to the Iranian youth how they were dispossessed of the future, how after overthrowing the dictatorship of the shah, the mullahs brought the fight of the elders, and brought Iranians into slavery.
That memory, your individual and collective life is the truth, the truth that makes people free. You are the custodians of that precious truth, that the rulers have tried to erase and rewrite. And they can meddle with the pages of the history books, they can erase the traces of the mass graves that speak of their crimes, they can even force people on the torture to submit to their lives or by paying them, but they will never, never succeed in taming your hearts. For you are the army of resistance, the freedom fighters of Iran. Your scars, your wants, your pain, and your tears are the shield against wickedness.
As I was rereading Khomeini’s decree to execute any case reported in 1988, I was once again shocked by the sheer madness of it all. I hope he writes to his subordinates, that with your revolutionary rage and vengeance, you will achieve the satisfaction of the Almighty God. He calls not to hesitate, nor show any doubt or be concerned with details. He requires from his executive shinners to be most ferocious.
This is the expression of an insane and cruel mind, demanding from his subordinates in the name of God to hate and kill, to be violent, and that, as ferocious animals, ordering to appointed officials to violate their own laws without hesitation, to embrace evil without doubt, and to bear disdain for details, pushing his proxies to dive into the humanizing spiral of terror and sadistic behavior. That is the essence of this regime. To confront dehumanization, you have equipped yourselves with the noblest of all human emotions, with love, and fraternity, with solidarity and compassion, with hope and joy, all of which I have personally witnessed, while staying among you in your camp. You are an army, you wear uniforms, and you live in compounds.
But what keeps you together is not the hatred, the fear, or the rage, the vengeance and the ferociousness but the dignified thirst of justice, and truth and the immense transforming power of the love you share for your country. It is because young Iranians know this, that they are following you. It is because there is the face of a woman that has suffered and doesn’t give up that represents the strength and the good in shear countries, to the evil faces of the mullahs that Iranians are envisioning today, the end of that nightmare. It is because if you Ashrafians that people in all the different regions of Iran are organizing themselves. They want to be ready for the transition to democracy Maryam Rajavi has promised them.
The sacrifices each of you have made, every drop of blood and sweat, every expression of hope and affection, every single effort you have accomplished to survive, has brought fruits, nothing is lost. Every word is blooming. You are the end of the tyranny. Each one of you is the key to freedom.
We are here with you, not thinking that any of us can do anything better or greater or more defining to bringing down the dictatorship than you. But we are here knowing that you are irreplaceable and indispensable for the survival of Iran and his resurgence.
With our admiration and our faith in your triumph, we want to magnify your achievements, honor your heroic choice, and stand by you. Because this is the time to march forward at the face of victors until you win. Thank you, Maryam. Thank you very much.
Gothenburg-September 18: Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK), staged a rally against the mullahs’ regime.
They demanded to prosecute the Iranian regime’s officials, especially supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity.
Raisi was among the main perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Iranians called on the international community to hold Raisi accountable for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.
September 18, 2021—The PMOI/MEK Resistance Units in Iran continue their efforts against the dictatorship of mullahs in Iran. They install posters of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and the NCRI President Maryam Rajavi in public places. They also write slogans against the mullahs’ policy about the coronavirus pandemic in Iran, which leads to the deaths of the Iranian people. To date, over 430,000 Iranians have lost their lives due to the regime’s corrupt policies.
Their slogans read: Tehran— “We must not give in to the coronavirus. We must rise up at all costs.” Isfahan— “Iran will not give in to either the coronavirus or the mullahs.” Langarud— “Iran is chanting in one voice. The Iranian people do not want the coronavirus or the mullahs.” Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Hail to Rajavi”.
“The Iranian people do not want both Covid-19 and the mullahs,” say opposition MEK Resistance Units
September 16, 2021—The Iranian opposition network, PMOI/MEKResistance Units install posters of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi in public places. They also take to graffiti writing slogans against the Iranian regime.
Some of their slogans read:
Robat Karim— “The Iranian people do not want both the coronavirus and mullahs” Tehran— “The Iranian people do not want both the coronavirus and mullahs” Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi” Qom— “The Iranian people live in poverty and the supreme leader is getting richer” Rasht— “Down with the rule of mullahs” Kazerun— “Down with the oppressor, be it the Shah or Ali Khamenei” Yasuj— “Hail to Rajavi, Down with Khamenei, and Raisi”
In reaction to Raisi’s presidency, Amnesty International underlined: “Presidency of Ebrahim Raisi a grim reminder of the crisis of impunity” Raisi will be addressing the world community on September 21 during the UN General Assembly. Allowing a mass murderer like Raisi to address the free world, Further strengthen the systematic impunity in Iran.
Raisi should be investigated and held accountable for crimes against humanity.
Louis Freeh, Director of the FBI (1993-2001), addressed at the 2nd Day of The Free Iran World Summit on July 12, 2021.
Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be with you again at a very important meeting at a very critical time in the struggle for freedom and liberty in Iran. Mrs. Rajavi, congratulations to you again, and thanks for your leadership, your courage, and your persistence. And to all of your colleagues who are fighting a fight, which will ultimately result in victory in one which inspires us, not only my American colleagues who join me, but as many, many hundreds of thousands of Americans who support your struggle for freedom.
I want to particularly add the support of Governor Tom Ridge, one of your dearest friends and most ardent supporters who can’t be with us this year, but I know I speak for him when I convey his strong support and his encouragement to continue this fight. I want to echo the remarks of my colleagues, particularly Judge McKay and Senator Lieberman, and address my thanks and also some of my brief remarks to the 1000s and 1000s of brave freedom fighters in Ashraf 3 but also in Iran, who hear these words, and we hope, take confidence and take vision from the support that you have all over the world, not just in this virtual meeting.
A couple of points that I wanted to make. The world has been hobbled in many unprecedented ways by the COVID pandemic. But the results of this awful disease in Iran particularly highlights the ineffectiveness of the regime. But maybe more importantly, for the purposes of our remarks, the disregard that this regime has, not just for human rights, but for the health rights and the living of its own people, the people that it purports to represent, but as we know from the election does not represent them.
We saw reports just the other day of tens of thousands of Iranians going into Armenia to receive vaccinations, a country of 84 million people, where the vaccinations are not only completely dysfunctional in terms of administration, but the Supreme Leader, of course, outlawed any vaccines from the United States or the UK, which is not just putting policy ahead of human life, but putting lunacy ahead of governance and responsibility.
The fifth wave, they’re now in Iran, we’re told by reliable sources, has affected the capital in 143 cities. In the last two weeks, the average daily caseload has risen 62%, with only 2% of the population vaccinated fully. So, Iranians are voting with their feet going to Armenia, a country of 3 million people to get the vaccinations. And this is just a more current example of some of the points that my colleagues have made. The election of Raisi, who is a documented suspect in war crimes, but also crimes against humanity, against the Iranian people.
The accountability, which Madame Rajavi, spoke about before your remarks, has to be addressed at this level. And we also praise the courage, moral courage and political courage of the Slovenian Prime Minister for taking this up. And as you know, we’ve been talking about this for a number of years. The documentation of crimes against humanity by this regime is voluminous and available publicly in many cases on the internet with photographs, with social media, with witnesses. And whether we were talking about the National Socialists at the end of World War II or other criminal regimes, the International Committee particularly it’s legal community, and the responsible heads of states all over the world should portion, I believe, will push very strongly for accountability and for bringing people to justice, who have committed atrocious crimes, not only against their own people but against others.
This regime has been waging a war of terror against its perceived enemies overseas. And just citing the Asadi cases as one more recent example, where the perpetrators were caught red-handed, as we say, in the sentences that were meted out to the poor individuals don’t account for or reflect the complicity of state level sponsorship and planning that went into that attack, which targeted on Rajavi, but also all the freedom fighters and all of its supporters.
The other point I just wanted to mention is, as you know, we recently memorialize the 25th anniversary of the Khobar Towers bombings, the 1996 attack against the United States of America, as well as hundreds and hundreds of Saudis who killed. That wasn’t even just an act of terrorism, it was an act of war against the United States. And our government should keep that in mind as it tries to renegotiate a new, hopefully not the same, pack that we saw in 2015.
But these are, as you know, criminal charges, which are launched in the United States against a whole hierarchy of Iranian participants and put in the IRGC. Beyond the 19 Americans who were killed, as I said, hundreds and hundreds of Saudis were killed and wounded. There’s never been any accountability for that. The United States has a criminal indictment, which is filed, but which needs to be satisfied by warrants, arrests, and the prosecution of the people involved. The same with the regime later. There has to be international accountability.
And the advantage that we have there is looking past the regime. There’s a plethora of credible available evidence, almost like a documentation center in Ashraf 3 and other places in Paris and your headquarters, where this evidence can be mustered and amassed and presented in a fair and credible way, so there can be accountability, not just for the 1988 massacre, but a series of war crimes.
The current president takes pride and his leadership of, not a prosecution, but a pogrom of persecution of thousands and thousands of MEK freedom fighters who were arrested and killed. He says, “I’m proud that in my role as a prosecutor, wherever I was, I have always defended people’s rights, security, and tranquility.” Well, of course, nothing could be further than the truth. And if that’s a defense, it ought to be tested in an International Court of Justice against the evidence and the testimony that will be brought to bear and which is available.
So, to our friends and our heroes, not just in Ashraf, but in Iran today, we have to keep in mind and believe we will keep in mind this perspective, which is a long view, but a critical accountability issue which has to be addressed. And we will have the means and the will to do it. And it will be the final act of justice against the regime that has abandoned any notion of justice. Thank you very much.
Organization of the Iranian American Communities (OIAC) will hold an event on September 20, 2021, calling to the U.S. to hold the regime’s new president Ebrahim Raisi accountable for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.
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Washington, DC – Simultaneous with the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, on September 20th, 2021, Iranian American community leaders from across the U.S. will participate in a Conference in Washington, DC to call on the international community to hold Iranian regime president Ebrahim Raisi accountable for the 1988 Massacre of political prisoners. Prominent speakers and participants will call on the U.S. government to take a leading role in a U.N. backed investigation into the 1988 Massacre and Ebrahim Raisi in particular.
President Biden’s administration has leveraged the current U.S. sanctions against Raisi for his role in the 1988 killings and pledged to hold him accountable for his record going forward. Yet, a growing body of evidence, countless testimonials, and key human rights experts have called on the international community to hold Raisi and his regime to account for perpetrating the 1988 mass killings. A number of these experts have urged the U.N. security council to take up this dossier while others have asked that the killings to be investigated as a case of genocide.
Amnesty International’s Secretary General recently expressed revulsion, “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance, and torture is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran.” The United Nations has also called for a probe into Raisi’s role in the massacre.
The political prisoners were killed in the summer of 1988 based on a religious decree (fatwa) from then supreme leader Khomeini. The majority were members of the People’s Mujahidin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Geoffrey Robertson who Until 2007 sat as an appeal judge at the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, notes in his book about the killings that, “If, as the fatwa assumed, the Mojahedin were prisoners of war, then killing them was the gravest of breaches of Geneva Convention III.” He correctly asserts that these MEK members and sympathizers were not prisoners of war but political prisoners who were in prison during a time of war (with Iraq). Thus, he notes, this mass killing is, “a war crime that all state parties to that Convention would have a duty to prosecute by tracking down suspected perpetrators and putting them on trial.”
In the US Congress, a bipartisan House Majority have also called on the United States to, “be involved in any establishment of an international investigation into the 1988 extrajudicial killings of Iranian dissidents.”