Exiled Iranians in Vancouver condemn human rights violations in Iran


Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) rallied in Vancouver, Canada, calling on the international community to take meaningful action against the Iranian regime’s ongoing human rights violations.

While daring the bitter winter cold, the exiled Iranians at this gathering held banners and voiced the following demands:

– The Iranian regime must stand trial for crimes against humanity

– Stop torture and executions in Iran, adding that Iran under the mullahs’ regime has the highest number of executions per capita

More than 33 years ago, in the summer of 1988 the regime ruling Iran launched a massive killing spree in prisons across the country. Political prisoners from a variety of backgrounds were the target of a horrific campaign resulting in the mass killings that targeted minors, seniors, and even pregnant women.

Current regime President Ebrahim Raisi was a member of the notorious “Death Commissions” in Tehran in charge of holding minutes-long kangaroo “trials” determining the fates of thousands of political prisoners, many of whom have already served their prison sentences and held behind bars specifically to be eventually executed. The Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei must also be held accountable for his direct role in leading the regime’s atrocities and horrific human rights dossier.

The protesting Iranians in Vancouver, Stockholm, and other cities throughout the world are calling for the referral of the Iranian regime’s appalling human rights dossier to the United Nations Security Council and thus to the International Criminal Court. Proper tribunals are necessary to hold Iranian regime officials accountable for their crimes against humanity.

The 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners has been described as the worst crime against humanity since World War II.
A former Iranian Intelligence Ministry deputy recorded a video clip in 2008, in which he revealed that the mullahs’ regime had massacred some 33,700 political prisoners and buried them in mass graves. According to Reza Malek, there are between 170 to 190 mass graves across the country.

Raisi is best known for his direct role in Iran’s summer 1988 massacre, being one of the main members of the mullahs’ notorious “Death Commissions” responsible for determining the fates of each political prisoner during the massacre in kangaroo trials that lasted mere minutes. All political prisoner showing signs of loyalty to the PMOI/MEK in any way were immediately sentenced to certain death.

Raisi and other regime officials have committed genocide and crimes against humanity and should be held accountable in international tribunals. The world community should not provide these criminals any kind of legitimacy and instead, choose to stand alongside the Iranian people in their ongoing struggle to reach justice.