On August 15, an audio tape of HossainAli Montazeri, Khomeini’s former heir, containing his conversation with 4 former judicial and intelligence officials in charge of the massacre in Tehran, was disclosed, revealing shocking details about this savage crime-- the most massive killing of the political prisoners since the Second World War.
One of the four is Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, the current Minister of Justice under Rouhani; another is Raeesi, Head of the Court of Judges; a third was recently appointed by Khamenei as head of one of Iran’s largest economic and political institutions and is said to have been nominated as a successor to Khamenei.
In Khomeini’s Fatwa here, “Monafeqin (Meaning hypocrites, the term used by Iran regime for the PMOI/MEK affiliates) have no belief in Islam and are apostates; they have waged war against God; therefore, anyone in all prisons across the country who still support them must be sentenced to execution.” Asked by his supreme judge about the Fatwa, Khomeini emphasized, “Anyone who supports Monafeqin, no matter at what stage of his or her sentence is, must be executed. Enemies of Islam must be immediately exterminated.”
In three letters to Khomeini, Ayatollah Montazeri opposed the massacre, saying, “Killing thousands of people in few days” will be counterproductive. PMOI represents… a school of thought which will spread through killing.”
Many of those executed were prisoners who had already received a sentence and were serving their prison terms; others were former political prisoners or families affiliated with the PMOI, who were arrested following Khomeini’s Fatwa. In Tehran and in up to 70 cities across Iran, “Death Committees” were formed to execute Khomeini’s barbaric Fatwa.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Federation of Human Rights League have all condemned the 1988 massacre, terming it a crime against humanity.
On June 5, 2013, Canada’s Parliament adopted a motion by unanimous consent of all the members, which reads, “This House condemns the mass murder of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988 as constituting crimes against humanity, honours the memory of the victims buried in mass graves at Khavaran cemetery and other locations in Iran, and establishes September 1st as a day of solidarity with political prisoners in Iran.”
Canadian Friends of A Democratic Iran (CFDI) and many members of the Canadian Parliament express their deep solidarity with the victims’ families and understand their appeal for justice. We also believe that silence in the face of this horrific crime will further embolden high-ranking authorities of the regime in political, security and judicial institutions to continue to massacre political prisoners.
Therefore, we urge our government to promote the motion adopted in June 2013, to take the necessary measures as a UN member state to investigate this crime against humanity, to bring to trial the perpetrators, and to place it on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.
David Kilgour, Co-Chair of Canadian Friends of Democratic Iran added that Members of Canada’s Parliament such as Hon. Judy Sgro former minister of immigration, Hon. Wayne Easter, former Attorney General and Candice Bergen, Former Minister of Social Affairs have expressed strong feelings about this matter.
- Saturday Sept.3rd the Iranian-Canadians during their weekly protest in front of the Parliament and across from PM office supported the international movement for justice of 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. This protest drew the attention of the pedestrians.
There are women prisoners in Iran with no sentences.
The reality is that Women's overall share of employment and economic participation in Iran is only 12%.
Semnan's Prosecutor said it is a crime for women to wear clothes that do not comply with government standards
According to State-run Asr-e Iran website Aug. 30, In remarks made on August 29, 2016, Haydar Asiyabi stressed that there are special laws as well as the Islamic Penal Code to deal with the issue of clothes which are against Islamic standards. He added, "If a person's style of dress was both an example of mal-veiling and an example of wearing clothes that violate public decency, the person would commit two crimes which must be dealt with."