12 Dec 2020 - In a historical turn of events, a group of United Nations experts from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, have written a well-documented letter to Iranian officials calling for an independent investigation into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. The letter was dated and sent on 2nd September 2020 but it went public earlier this week following a 60-day waiting period while Iran was given an opportunity to respond.
No indication of response has been made as of yet. This communication specifically noted that the Iranian regime had refused to cooperate with a number of inquiries into the massacre of political prisoners which took place between July and September of 1988.
Early evidence of these killings came in the form of unexplained disappearances of political prisoners, which were accompanied by an upsurge in interrogations and general strategies for suppressing dissent.“When asked repeatedly by the UN Special Representative on Iran between 1988 and 1992 to clarify the fate and whereabouts of the prisoners, Iran either did not reply or stated the victims were ‘forgeries’, ‘non-existent’ or alive, working or studying in Iran or abroad,” the document says. These explanations were not taken seriously at the time, but only contributed to the Special Representative’s conclusion that the Iranian regime was enforcing “global denial” of mass executions, which persisted through the discovery of more and more evidence regarding the scale and the details of the massacre.
Documenting the evidence gathered, the letter goes into some detail about the following points of concern: 'Location of alleged killings between July and early September 1988' 'The mass killings of prisoners took place in 16 cities across Iran', among them Ahvaz, Khorramabad, Sanandaj and Zahedan and many more. 'Refusal to provide accurate information on the fate and whereabouts of the individuals' 'Information has not been provided to families about the fate and whereabouts of their relatives,' The letter shows concern about threats made to families who inquire about the whereabouts of their loved ones.
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