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(CNSNews.com) – The Iranian regime’s refusal to come clean about the secret executions of thousands of dissidents 30 years ago amounts to an ongoing crime against humanity, a global human rights group says in a new report.
“The fact that to this day the Iranian authorities refuse to acknowledge the mass killings, tell relatives when, how, and why their loved ones were killed and identify and return their bodies, means that the enforced disappearances are continuing today,” said Amnesty International’s Mideast and Africa research and advocacy director, Philip Luther.
Iran - Authorities - Fate - Whereabouts - Victims
“Until Iran’s authorities come clean and publicly reveal the fate and whereabouts of the victims, these crimes against humanity are ongoing,” he said.
Amnesty says the United Nations should launch an inquiry into the disappearances and killings.
Prisoners - Orders - Death - Commissions - Fatwa
Many of the prisoners executed on the orders of so-called “death commissions,” tasked to carry out a secret fatwa by then-supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, were supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)/Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) opposition group.
The NCRI has for years been calling for the names and burial places of the victims to be revealed, and for those responsible to be brought to justice.
Accounts - Summer - Prisoners - Position - Willingness
According to published accounts, over the summer of 1988 prisoners were questioned about their political and religious position, along with their willingness to disavow their views and inform on other dissidents.
The ensuing extrajudicial executions were mostly by hanging or firing squad, with bodies buried in unmarked graves.
Amnesty - Prisoners - Summer - Fall - Ali
Amnesty says 5,000 political prisoners were killed in the summer and fall of 1988, but Ali Safavi, a U.S.-based NCRI official, said Thursday “the actual number based on testimonies by survivors and families is closer to 30,000. A vast majority were from the MEK.”
The new report, based on family testimonies, historical documents and archives, says the executions took place in at least 32 locations across the...
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