On 25th Aug 19, Anglo Iranian communities took part in an international conference in commemoration of the massacre of political prisoners in Iran in 1988.
The meetings sponsored by Iranian communities in 20 major capitals in France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Romania and Canada, joined together in a video conference.
A number of political dignitaries, lawmakers, elected representatives, jurists, and high ranking religious personalities, as well as members and representatives of the Iranian communities in Europe and Canada, attended and addressed the conference.
A number of witnesses to the 1988 massacre, families of the massacred prisoners, and former political prisoners also testified in this conference to the inhuman crimes of the Iranian regime.
The political dignitaries, representatives of Iranian communities, witnesses to the 1988 massacre who spoke to the global video conference urged the International Community to support the Iranian people’s uprising for regime change and freedom, and adopt a decisive policy against the theocratic regime ruling Iran. They also called for condemnation of the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses and terrorism, and prosecution of the masterminds and perpetrators of the 1988 massacre who are presently among the highest officials of the clerical regime and directly involved in the suppression of the ongoing anti-government protests in Iran.
Furthermore, there was also the strong presence of many Anglo Iranian communities broadcasting live to the event.
Omid, member of the 'Anglo Iranian Youth Association' said in his remarks ' I wish to pay tribute especially to the young martyrs who chose the path of sacrifice for the beliefs and values of their country and for freedom.
My father was a political prisoner for 10 years between 1981 and 1991, in which time he saw many of his friends be executed in the prisons.'
Naghmeh spoke of some of her family members who were killed, '2 of my aunts were martyred in the path to freedom against the mullahs of Iran, one was killed in prison after many years of torture was the other was killed while in Turkey...Iran will soon be free.'
Farzaneh is a member of the 'Committee of the Families of 1988 Martyrs' based in London and she stated, 'I am myself a victim of the dictatorship ruling Iran.
This regime killed 5 members of my family. As a family member of some of the martyrs of 1988, I will continue to campaign to see that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice. This is a crime which we shall neither forgive nor forget.'