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Updated: Feb 9, 2022

The souls of the victims’ relatives were massacred simultaneously with their loved ones

NCRI Women's Committee

Ebrahim Raisi, the architect of the massacre of political prisoners, must face justice.

The summer of 1988 marked the massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, including many young women and girls. Death commissions were the architect of this massacre.

As a member of the Death Commissions, the clerical regime’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, is one of the main perpetrators of the genocide and the crime against humanity in Iran in 1988. He must be prosecuted and brought to justice.

Ebrahim Raisi, the clerical regime’s new president, was a member of the “Death Commission,” which became the architect of the massacre.

Hence, a leader can be boldly called one of the main founders of genocide and crimes against humanity, whose trial and confrontation with justice is essential.

Preparations for the massacre started in the fall of 1987

The massacre of political prisoners in Iran was a project, which started around the fall of 1987 and winter of 1988 by classifying and segregating the prisoners.

By March 1988, it was still unclear why the prisoners were being classified and relocated from one prison to the other.

Although the prisoners had the first-hand experience of torture and mistreatment by the prison guards, it did not occur to any of them that they might be massacred, including those serving their prison terms.

In the same period, the Supreme Judicial Council frequently convened for urgent meetings, which was also a sign of preparation for new measures.

The massacre began on July 19, 1988

On July 19, 1988, many prisoners were transferred from general wards to solitary confinement. The massacre officially began on July 19, 1988.

On July 27, 1988, it was officially announced that there would be no visits for two months and that the families of the prisoners should not go to visit their children.

On Thursday, July 28, 1988, the “Death Commission” officially began its work in Evin.

The first series of women executed in the 1988 massacre, from left to right: Jasomeh Heydari-Zadeh, Nasrin Rajabi, Hakimeh Rizvandi, Farah Eslami.

The first series of women executed on July 20, 1988

A note about women prisoners in the Prison of Ilam explains, “On July 20, 1988, the Revolutionary Guards moved Farah Eslami, Hakimeh Rizvandi, Marzieh Rahmati, Nasrin Rajabi, and Jasomeh Heydari out of prison on the pretext that Ilam Prison was unsafe and that they needed to be transferred to a safe place. At that time, we thought they had been transferred to Kermanshah or Tehran prisons. But then we found out the next day that the prisoners had been taken to a hill around Salehabad and executed by firing squads.”