13 Jun – The US House of Representatives has passed a bill condemning the 1988 Iranian massacre of 30,000 political prisoners,
Resolution 188, officially titled: The condemnation of the Iranian government for the massacre of political prisoners in 1988 and the invitation to call for justice for the victims, is a rare example of a bill that receives bipartisan support in an increasingly partisan Congress.
It was introduced by the Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, Micheal McCaul (Dem) and the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel (Rep) who released a joint statement explaining the importance of that bill.
The bill, which states that many of those responsible for the massacre are still high-ranking members of the Regime, including the current Head of the Judiciary Mostafa Pourmohammadi, had 46 co-sponsors.
Other signatories who were highly influential in getting the bill to the House include Ed Royce, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Pete Sessions, the Chair of House Rules Committee, Barbara Comstock, Tom MacClintock, Bill Keating, Brad Sherman, Donald Young, and Judy Chu, who proposed the resolution to the Foreign Affairs Committee in the first place.
Forty-six legislators from both parties will now send an open invitation to the White House and the governments of US allies asking them to publically condemn the Iranian Regime for the 1988 massacre.
They are also going to call upon the United Nations and ask them to set up an investigation committee to bring the perpetrators of the worst crimes against humanity since World War Two to justice.
The Iranian Regime cannot deny their involvement in the massacre, thanks to the brave actions of one young man last year who released a tape of a conversation between his father Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri and the Death Commission responsible for sending people to the gallows.
In the tape, Montazeri can be heard talking about the Regime’s efforts to exterminate members of the political opposition party, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), on the Fatwa of the former Supreme Leader of Iran, Khomeini.
He calls the massacre “the greatest crime that the Islamic Republic of Iran has committed and the history will condemn us”, and was stripped of his position and sentenced to house arrest for the rest of his life.
The Regime sent the younger Montazeri to prison for releasing that tape, something they would not have done had the tape be a forgery.