What does the Massacre88 Campaign seek?
The Massacre88 campaign seeks to obtain what Iran’s civil society and human rights groups have long wanted: holding the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre accountable for the atrocities committed against political prisoners during that summer.
In Canada Massacre88 is seeking to gain recognition for these crimes against humanity through the House of Commons. The campaign aims to get all parties in the House of Commons to recognize and condemn the 1988 massacre and to send senior level representation to the 25th anniversary commemoration services being planned tentatively for September 21, 2013 in Toronto.
A following motion, regarding the massacre, has also been drafted to be adopted by the House of Commons:
“That this House acknowledges the mass killing of political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988 and condemns this act as a crime against humanity, and recognizes Khavaran cemetery near Tehran as the largest known mass grave where the victims of these crimes against humanity are buried.”
The Iranian government has exerted great effort in denying the massacre; recognition would acknowledge the victims’ narrative and energize human rights activists to pressure the Iranian regime for justice in this case. It would also allow activists to pursue their case in the international arena.