On Monday, thousands of Iranians gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, calling for a firm policy towards the Iranian regime and to hold the regime to account for the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. Most of the 30,000 victims of the massacre were members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK).
Hundreds of family members of Iranian regime victims attended the rally, calling for justice for their loved ones.
Ms Maryam Rajavi, NCRI President-elect, sent a message to the protest.
“The world is hearing the calls for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre in your protest. For 30,000 resilient and steadfast heroes, over 90% of whom were members of the PMOI / MEK. They sacrificed their lives for freedom and walked to the gallows shouting the name of Massoud Rajavi ”,
“Your rally in front of the Stockholm court is the remarkable victory of the Iranian people over the mullahs’ regime who wanted to use this court as a tool to condemn the call for justice movement. Mrs. Rajavi said, adding,
“It is imperative, especially for European governments, to reconsider their policy of turning a blind eye to the biggest massacre of political prisoners since World War II. As it was recently stated in a letter from a group of members of the European Parliament to the EU foreign policy chief, appeasing and appeasing the Iranian regime “contradicts European commitments to defend and defend the rights of the man “.
Europe and the world in general must take action to satisfy the desire of the Iranian people for international prosecutions against Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Message to Iranian rally and demonstration in Stockholm – call for decisive policy on # Iran – # 1988Massacre: genocide and crimes against humanity – International Tribunal to prosecute the leaders of the mullahs’ regime, in particular Khamenei and Raisi pic.twitter.com/jo6XjjmMSL
– Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) 23 Aug 2021
Several human rights defenders also attended this event. One of the speakers at this event was Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate.
Ms Betancourt praised Sweden for holding one of the henchmen of the 1988 massacre to account. “Sweden has embodied the good soul of humanity and represents our good. Knowing that they embrace our cause and activate the responsibility of the international community for accountability, ”she said.
Referring to Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa in 1988, Ms Betancourt said: “This massacre began with a fatwa which condemned the victims for not adhering to the political madness of the regime. They were buried in mass graves. The death commission across Iran committed this massacre.
Following Khomeini’s fatwa, death commissions were formed across Iran, deciding the fate of political prisoners in moments. Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s new president, was one of the members of Tehran’s “death commissions”.
While recalling this fact, Ms. Betancourt underlined that “how the lack of action by the international community has emboldened the regime to put forward a face of genocide as president of the country. “
Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian senator: The lack of action by the international community has emboldened the regime to present a face of genocide as president of the country. # Iran #ContinueRaisiNOW https://t.co/TYMZxyjZKp
– CNRI-FAC (@iran_policy) 23 Aug 2021
Another speaker at the rally was Patrick Kennedy, a former member of the United States House of Representatives. He said: “We all know that those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it. We must establish a permanent war crimes tribunal to prosecute these crimes. If we do not prosecute and acknowledge the crimes, we are putting our sons and daughters at risk. We remember the 1988 massacre because those who committed it, like the [regime’s] new President Ebrahim Raisi should be held responsible for these atrocities. We must open international investigations and prosecute these criminals. “
Kimmo Sasi, the former Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade, was the next speaker at the event. “The 1988 massacre was one of the darkest moments in Iranian history. Thirty thousand political prisoners were assassinated, ”he stressed.
Mr. Sasi stressed that Nouri’s trial in Sweden is “the first step in a process in Europe. This means that everyone involved in the 1988 massacre should be held accountable, and I hope Raisi will be brought to justice. I call on the EU to adopt a new attitude towards Iran, to impose sanctions, to bring those accused of human rights to court. “
Protesters also marched through the streets of Stockholm, calling on the international community to end decades of silence on the 1988 massacre and to hold the perpetrators to account. They also supported their compatriots in Iran and condemned the regime’s continued human rights violations.