Massacre of prisoners in Iran - "Do you think we should have given them sweets?" - Iran Tribunal.
A post on The Justice [ ] Gap blog preceded an independent tribunal
hearing in The Hague (held 25th - 27th October) which examined the
massacre by the Ayatollah Khomeini’s
regime of some 20 to 30,000 political prisoners, men and women, in Iran
in the 1980s. About 4,500 people, many of them teenagers and from
leftwing groups, died in the summer of 1988 alone, according to Amnesty International.
The killings have been largely ignored by the west, unlike the mass
killings perpetrated in places like Srebrenica, Rwanda, or the Chile of
Pinochet. The Islamic Republic of Iran was invited to participate in
the hearing but has to date refused to engage with the Tribunal process.
See the Tribunal's Press Release of 15th October.
The Tribunal follows on from a Truth Commission process which issued a report in September 2012. The report is 357 pages and is exceptionally harrowing. The report provides in detail the manner of arrest, the brutal tortures
that were carried out by the regime in the Iranian prisons and mass
executions between 1981 and 1988. The report further investigates the
disastrous impact of these brutalities on the families of the victims
and the survivors of the torture and imprisonment.
The Tribunal is to hand down a verdict in November - see Payvand Iran News 27th October 2012 - Iran Tribunal Closing Statement at The Hague
In the closing statement John Cooper QC said: “We have heard the accounts of many who had crimes committed
against them by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The experienced panel of
judges will now adjourn to consider the wealth of information that
witnesses have provided about their experiences of the Iranian prisons
and the treatment of political as well as religious and ethnic minority
prisoners between 1980 - 1988. It is a real credit to the wives,
sisters, and mothers of those who were executed and victims of
atrocities who have persevered for twenty five years to have their
voices heard in a court for the first time. The Tribunal will be
issuing its verdict on the Islamic Republic of Iran and the crimes
against humanity that have been described here shortly.”
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