Prominent international figures joined Iranians from across the globe during an internet conference calling for accountability regarding human rights violations in Iran – July 19, 2020

On July 19, 2020, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) holds the second of its series of “Free Iran Global Summit” events. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual “Free Iran Global Summit” is being held virtually. The first day of the event, brought together supporters of a free Iran from more than 100 countries in five continents, including both in Iran and Ashraf 3, Albania, home to members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). 

Today’s conference and its panelists are calling for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, a crime against humanity which has remained unpunished for the past 32 years. The NCRI’s conference calls on the international community to hold the Iranian regime’s officials accountable for this crime and end their impunity.   

Background:  

In the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime executed over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the Iranian opposition MEK. The massacre was carried out following a fatwa (religious decree) issued by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. Many of the current officials of the mullahs’ regime played an active and key role in this crime against humanity. They include the regime’s current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who was then the regime’s president, and Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s current Judiciary Chief, who was a member of the Central “Death Commission” in charge of executing political prisoners.  

“Torture continues even during the coronavirus pandemic. At this moment, Iranians are being tortured. More will be executed. We must not stop. The world must know what goes on in this country.”