ICAE Press Release, Not One More Execution

ICAE Statement: The mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 was genocide

Mass grave at Behesht-e Zahra: Plot 109

During the summer of 1988, as a continuation of the massacres and political executions that had taken place from the moment that the regime took power [in 1979], the Islamic Republic perpetrated mass executions of political prisoners. In a hasty operation, several thousand imprisoned opponents of the Islamic Republic were “tried” in minute courts (1) without any legal defense, sentenced to death, and immediately executed. What happened in the summer of ’88 was not only a new wave of political executions, but a genocide (2) against the Islamic Republic’s imprisoned opponents that was designed to systematically decimate and physically eradicate all who opposed the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian Revolution [which marks its beginning in June 2009] turned the eyes of the world towards Iran and blew the dust away from the hazy picture of 31 years of crime and genocide that people have suffered under the rule of the Islamic Republic. Today, the whole world is witness to the bloodthirsty political system confronting Iranian people. The International Campaign to Save Sakineh Ashtiani has drawn the attention of people worldwide to this reality: the Islamic Republic is a regime of stoning, execution, flogging, torture, enslavement of women, and utter denial of peoples’ rights.

Today, 22 years after the tragic genocide carried out against the Islamic Republic’s opposition in the summer of ’88, and in the midst of efforts to save the life of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and others sentenced to stoning and execution in Iran, we declare that all leaders of the Islamic Republic must be prosecuted and tried immediately. None of the heads of the Islamic Republic should be permitted to visit other countries. None of them should be permitted to stand behind a podium in front of international bodies and claim to be a representative of Iranian people. All political relationships with the Islamic Republic should be severed, and embassies of this regime of genocide should be closed.

On the 18th of September, people should demonstrate everywhere, and demand the freedom of Sakineh, as well as the legal and practical abolition of stoning, flogging, torture, and execution. Loudly declare that you stand with Iranian people in their endeavor to bring down this regime.

This regime is the murderer of the Iranian people, and it is the shame of all humanity. This regime should be brought to an end.

International Committee against Execution
International Committee against Stoning
September 13, 2010

(1) “Minute courts” is the name given to these summary trials, which lasted less than 5 minutes in total and were followed by immediate execution.

(2) “The Genocide Convention of 1948, to which Iran has been a party since 1949, applies to killings of, or causing serious mental or physical harm to, members of a racial or religious group as such, with intent to destroy that group in whole or in part. The “religious group” that the Iranian regime intended to destroy in the second wave were those in its prisons who had been born Muslim but who had later renounced Islam. Whether or not atheists should count as a “religious group” for the purposes of the Convention, it is clear that persons who are born into a particular faith that they later renounce can be so categorised. This is a feature of the second wave of killings and is one reason why they must, in international law, engage continuing attention. And it must never be forgotten that the first wave of killings, although triggered by fury at the “Mersad” incursion, was based on the conclusion that the MKO version of Islam was a blasphemy. Both the MKO and the leftists were condemned as moharebs, warriors against God, whose divinely ordained punishment was to be enforced by the state.”

The legal argument for judging the regime to be guilty of genocide begins on page 106.

Robertson, G. 2010. The Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran, 1988: Report of an Inquiry Conducted by Geoffrey Robertson, Q.C. Washington DC: The Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation.

Translation by: Mission Free Iran


One thought on “ICAE Statement: The mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 was genocide

  1. Absolutely correct … If you get this to be officially confirmed (right now I don’t know how to/where to apply to) it’s a perfect case for the ICJ/ICC in The Hague.
    So that 1988 IRI-regime, (I guess not all of today’s psycho killers in power & their executioners are the same individuals involved in this mass slaughter) will be put on blacklist … like Milosevic & Karadzic where, you surely remember that?
    I think you really have a big chance of pulling this through…maybe with the help of an experienced lawyer ( Mohamed Mostafei ??) to set all in motion !!!!
    I strongly suggest to go for it !!!!!!!!!
    Best regards Miryam

    Posted by Miryam | September 14, 2010, 3:12 pm

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