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Maryam Rajavi called on UN & US for the rights and protection of the residents of Liberty to be guaranteed
Speaker after speaker related the horrors and rights abuses taking place in Iran and across the Middle East, often at the behest of the Iranian government. They called on the United Nations and the world community to stop turning a blind eye to "repeated massacres" and, especially, to bring those responsible to justice, starting with the documented 1988 massacre of political prisioners in Iran.
Detailed records recounting the massacre of 30,000 prisioners during the Khomeini years are in UN's possession and have been for years, but still these crimes "remain beyond the scope of justice," said Saleh Rajavi, the National Council of Resistance of Iran's representative in Switzerland and France.
And they continue to go unpunished.
Hundreds of hangings have taken place across Iran in the first year of Hassan Rouhani's self-proclaimed "moderate" government there, said Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian National Council and the first of more than a dozen conference speakers. "Thousands are on death row" today, and hundreds of thousands have been "muzzled and massacred" for the sole crime of resisting the regime and threatening its hold on power.
"These shocking scenes," Maryam Rajavi said, referring to photographs of the hangings, "are repeated on almost a daily basis" in Iran.
In Camp Liberty near Baghdad, 52 Iranian refugees, many members or supporters of the opposition People's Mojahedin Organization, were executed and 7 others kidnapped on Sept. 1, 2013. But "one year later, not one person has been brought to justice," said Sarah Chandler, the head of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society in England and Wales.
That failure is largely due to the international community turning over the investigation into the killings to the Maliki government in Iraq and its Iranian supporters, Chandler and other speakers said.
Repeat requests to the United Nations, the United States, and other major powers for an independent investigation into the Camp Liberty killings, and into similar atrocities in 2009 and 2011 at Camp Ashraf in western Iraq — the refugees' original home before they were brought to Camp Liberty in 2012 — have been ignored, they said.
As the UN's Human Rights Council prepares for its next meeting in Geneva in a few weeks, it is time for it and the United Nations Security Council to live up to the organization's declarations, Maryam Rajavi said, and to "stop the huge gulf" between its fine words and everyday reality for the men, women and children "living under a regime which sheds innocent blood."