30 years ago, the Iranian regime, committed a heinous crime and massacred 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were the members or sympathizers of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK).
This massacre happened in less than two months in various prisons across Iran. The victims were either serving their sentences, or so many of them were on the verge of liberation.
The regime’s “Death commission”, a group of 3 mullahs were handling the cases. Their so-called judgment took not more than a couple of minutes. The question was simple: What is your charge, it was enough to say MEK. Those 30,000 MEK members and supporters said so and were immediately taken to the gallows. In the battle between life and death, they chose death, a crimson death but defended their identity of being a MEK member and honored their fellow inmates and those youngsters who the regime massively executed them at the beginning of the 1980s for supporting the MEK.
When these brave souls were taken to the gallows, no one helped them, the regime thought that it will never be held accountable for its crime. In fact, the regime counted on the international community’s inaction and silence.
Since 1988 the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its president-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, have relentlessly followed up this case. Since Mrs. Rajavi initiated the campaign of Justice for the Victim of the 1988 massacre, thousands of Iranians, particularly those who lost their loved ones in the massacre of 1988 of MEK members took various actions. This includes protests in different cities around the world and organizing exhibitions, to hold the perpetrators of this crime accountable, who are the current high officials of the Iranian regime.
Within the last two weeks, MEK supporters staged protests against the ongoing human rights violations in Iran and also commemorated the victims of the 1988 massacre.
On Friday, October 4, on the eve of World Day Against the Death Penalty, Members of the Iranian community and families of the victims of 1988 massacre in Iran organized an exhibition in front of the UK parliament and called on the UK Government to recognize the mass execution of political prisoners as a crime against humanity and urged the UN to end impunity for the perpetrators who are in key positions of power in Iran.
In another action, on Saturday, October 12, supporters of the MEK in Norway, held a demonstration to commemorate the World Day Against the Death Penalty, in front of the Norwegian Parliament and also to commemorate victims of the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. The MEK supporters held banners that read “Free Iran” and “No to execution”. Families of the victims of the 1988 massacre held pictures of their loved ones.
In addition, on Saturday, October 12, supporters of the main Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), in Malmo-Sweden, held a demonstration to commemorate victims of the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Most of the victims were MEK supporters.
The event included street displays of Iranian jails and execution. Photographs of MEK members executed by Iran’s regime were put on display.
Family members of the victims of Iran’s regime addressed the protest and called on European leaders to refer to the regime’s human rights dossier to the United Nations Security Council. They demanded that the perpetrators of 1988 be held to account at the International Criminal Court.