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IRAN has been accused of covering-up mass graves containing the bodies of thousands of political prisoners murdered by the regime 30 years ago.
Communists warned of an attempt to erase all evidence of one of “the most shocking political crimes in the contemporary history of Iran” after a report from Amnesty International claimed authorities were bulldozing, constructing roads and dumping masses of rubbish on suspected or known burial sites.
The rights group said the graves were “crime scenes” that should be protected until proper independent investigations have been carried out. However Amnesty claimed the sites were under constant surveillance by security agencies, which it said suggested the involvement of judicial, intelligence and security bodies in their destruction.
The graves are believed to hold the bodies of up to 5,000 Iranian political prisoners murdered in 1988 on the direct orders of Ayatollah Khomeini in a massacre some describe as the Faaj-e Melli - meaning National Catastrophe.
The Tudeh Party of Iran (TPI) lost hundreds of cadres, including most of its executive committee, as thousands of trade unionists, prominent intellectuals, writers, artists and other representatives of working people were killed.
Key members of the judiciary, known as the “Committee of Death,” that sentenced them to their fate have since served as senior members of the Iranian government, including Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi who held the post of Interior Minister and was Minister of Justice until 2017.
The TPI vowed to work with other democratic forces to uncover this “heinous crime” and bring those responsible to justice, saying it was their “revolutionary duty.”
It warned that continuing “secret killings” including the “Chain Killings” of the 1990s, the attacks on student dormitories in 1999 and the “bloody suppression” of the movement protesting against the “election coup” of 2009 are the legacy of the regime.
TPI spokesman Navid Shomali called for a united international campaign of progressive forces putting pressure on Iran to name the perpetrators and disclose the names and burial sites of those killed.
Khavaran, where most of the prisoners were executed, has become a focal point of remembrance and protest.
“It seems that the regime, expecting a much more significant gathering this year due to the 30th anniversary, has moved to decisively and finally destroy the gravesite – and remove the remaining evidence of this atrocity – before the August/September commemorations,” Mr Shomali said.
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