IRAN, Nov. 22, 2017 – Iranian political prisoner, Maryam Akbari Monfared’s appeal for justice for her family massacred in the 1980s by Iranian regime finally succeeded as the United Nations ’ Working Group on Forced Disappearances accepted (to address) her complaint. This is a major development in the pursuit of the perpetrators of the massacre of political prisoners in the 1980s in Iran in order to bring them to justice.
Atena Daemi, a civil and women’s rights activist incarcerated in Evin prison, in response to the success of Maryam Akbari Monfared has written a letter of congratulations and described it as a worthwhile success and has expressed hope that her steps would be followed by other victims of human rights abuses in Iran.
Roghiyeh, Abdolreza, Alireza and Gholamreza Akbari Monfared are four members of a family who were killed by the Islamic Republic of Iran by various methods during the dark years of the 1980s.
Abdolreza Akbari Monfared was arrested in 1981 at the age of 17 and sentenced to three years in prison but was held in prison more than the sentence. He was actually jailed without a sentence and then executed in 1988. Alireza was arrested on 8 September 1981 and in less than 20 days was killed in detention in an unknown manner.
During the memorial ceremony of the seventh night of Alireza’s death, his mother, Gorgi Shiripour, and his sister, Roghiyeh, were arrested. The mother was sentenced to 5 years in prison and the sister was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment but was executed in 1988 during the massacre of political prisoners one year before her prison sentence ends.
Gholamreza Akbari Monfared was arrested in 1983 and lost his life under torture in detention in 1985.
As we see, none of these were sentenced to death, but executed or killed by various methods.
Now, after nearly forty years of those years, Maryam and Reza Akbari Monfared, the survivors of this family, are in jail. Maryam, with 15 years of imprisonment, is on her eighth year of imprisonment without a single day furlough, and Reza Akbari Monfared, is spending his last year of 5.5 years prison sentence.
Last year, Maryam Akbari Monfared filed a complaint from the inside of the prison against Iranian regime officials for their involvement and complicity in the murder and execution of her family members in prison and handed it over to domestic and international judicial authorities.
Not only the domestic authorities did not investigate the executions, as they themselves were the perpetrators of the killings in the 1980s, but also the interrogators of the Ministry of Intelligence, who do not have the right to intervene in the affairs of this judicial case now and at this stage, have announced that they would not allow her to be released because of her legal complaints. In addition, they summoned her husband and threatened that they would further imprisonment of Maryam and deport her to Borazjan prison in exile.
But international officials, in response to the complaint by Maryam Akbari, reviewed the case in less than a year and, according to the existing documents, registered Roghiyeh and Abdolreza Akbari Monfared in the UN’s list of forced disappeared individuals group.
Except for Maryam and her family, many other families were also subjected to Iranian regime judiciary officials’ wrath due to seeking justice for their loved ones who were ruthlessly and brutally murdered in prisons by the regime. For example, Mansoureh Behkish is another woman, who has been repeatedly summoned and arrested by the regime for seeking justice for the killings of her six siblings, and has recently been sentenced to heavy prison sentences.
Fatima Mothana is another brave woman who is currently in jail with her husband, Hassan Sadeghi and is being prosecuted for seeking justice for her three brothers and the wife of one of her brothers who was all killed by the regime while in detention.
But the executions and killings by the rulers of this 40-years-old regime are not limited to these few families and do not end here. These are only a small part of the history