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Speaking For The Dead: Survivor Accounts of Iran's 1988 Massacre

Speaking For The Dead: Survivor Accounts of Iran's 1988 Massacre

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This report is a collection of witness statements documenting the experiences of five female prisoners in connection with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s summary execution of thousands of political prisoners during the summer of 1988. These witnesses recount, in vivid detail, the climate of fear, chaos and utter confusion that took hold of the prisons immediately before the executions began in July 1988. One witness describes her efforts to obtain information about her imprisoned husband, while the others provide harrowing accounts of events inside the prisons. Along with its companion report, Deadly Fatwa: Iran’s 1988 Prison Massacre, this report contributes to documenting a national tragedy that has inexplicably received little international attention.
This report is a collection of witness statements documenting the experiences of five female prisoners in connection with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s summary execution of thousands of political prisoners during the summer of 1988. These witnesses recount, in vivid detail, the climate of fear, chaos and utter confusion that took hold of the prisons immediately before the executions began in July 1988. One witness describes her efforts to obtain information about her imprisoned husband, while the others provide harrowing accounts of events inside the prisons. Along with its companion report, Deadly Fatwa: Iran’s 1988 Prison Massacre, this report contributes to documenting a national tragedy that has inexplicably received little international attention.

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Published by: IHRDC on Nov 17, 2009
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 Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) believes that the development of anaccountability movement and a culture of human rights in Iran are crucial to the long-term peace andsecurity of the country and the Middle East region. As numerous examples have illustrated, the removalof an authoritarian regime does not necessarily lead to an improved human rights situation if institutionsand civil society are weak, or if a culture of human rights and democratic governance has not beencultivated. By providing Iranians with comprehensive human rights reports, data about past and presenthuman rights violations and information about international human rights standards, particularly theInternational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the IHRDC programs will strengthen Iranians’ability to demand accountability, reform public institutions, and promote transparency and respect forhuman rights. Encouraging a culture of human rights within Iranian society as a whole will allow politicaland legal reforms to have real and lasting weight.The
IHRDC
seeks to:
 
Establish a comprehensive and objective historical record of the human rights situation in Iransince the 1979 revolution, and on the basis of this record, establish responsibility for patterns of human rights abuses;
 
Make such record available in an archive that is accessible to the public for research andeducational purposes;
 
Promote accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iran; and
 
Encourage an informed dialogue on the human rights situation in Iran among scholars and thegeneral public in Iran and abroad.
Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
129 Church StreetNew Haven, Connecticut 06510, USATel: +1-(203)-772-2218Fax: +1-(203)-772-1782Email: info@iranhrdc.orgWeb:http://www.iranhrdc.org Photographs:The front cover painting is by Kianoosh Majidi, an artist whose brother was executed during the 1988prison massacre. The portrait is of the current Deputy to the Head of the Judiciary, Ebrahim Raissi, whowas a member of the Death Commission in Tehran.© 2009 All Rights Reserved.Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, New Haven, Connecticut
 
 
Speaking for the Dead:
Survivor Accounts of Iran’s 1988Massacre
Iran Human Rights DocumentationCenter
November 2009
(Revised January 2010)
 

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