At a conference earlier this year in Albania, addressing the 1988 massacre of members and sympathizers of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin- Khalq or MEK-Iran), Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian opposition, called for the world to hold accountable the perpetrators for this crime against humanity. In this short series, we will look at her speech in total.
In our previous pieces, we learned that no one has ever been prosecuted for the massacre, which was solely intended to eliminate the MEK. Now, we will look at the arrest and execution of former MEK prisoners.
In the same month as the start of the massacre, which only lasted three months and killed 30,000, the Iranian regime began to re-arrest former MEK political prisoners, who have served their full sentences, and put them “on trial”. (It should be noted that these trials of the MEK were short and biased, not allowing for the defense at all. The MEK members inside the prison were also already serving sentences or waiting to be released, so should not have been given another trial at all.)
Much like he did regarding the massacres, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) leader Massoud Rajavi wrote to the UN Secretary-General and explained that several Iranian cities had seen an extensive wave of political arrests of over 10,000 people. Shortly after, Professor Kazem Rajavi, who was the NCRI’s representative at the formal session of the UN Commission investigating political disappearances until his assassination by the regime, gave a speech on the massacre of the MEK.
He said: “In the midst of accepting the UN Security Council resolution (for the ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war), the Khomeini regime has directed its wrath towards supporters of the Iranian Resistance inside Iran. Since the day of the announcement of the ceasefire, hundreds of persons from various cities have been abducted every day, and secretly sent before firing squads or incarcerated in prisons.”
Another section of this horrific massacre, termed a crime against humanity by human rights groups, was the emergency trials of MEK supporters in western Iran.
In July 1988, regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini issued a secret edict about holding emergency trials under the pretext of “investigating war crimes” and appointed mullah Ali Razini as the head of this court. (The text of this secret edict was revealed in full three months later by the Iranian Resistance.) However, this court soon changed course and began targeting MEK supporters in western Iran, as well as young people from other provinces who had traveled to western regions to aid the MEK.
On August 17 of that year, Massoud Rajavi sent another telegram to the UN and leaders of the five permanent members of the Security Council - the US, the UK, France, China, and Russia - warning that many people were executed merely for supporting the MEK, but on all occasions nothing was done and the mullahs committed their crimes with impunity. How could this happen?
In our next piece, we will discuss why Western silence on this matter has been a disaster.