November 13, 2017
The UN Working Group on Involuntarily and Enforced Disappearances has urged Iran to tell the truth about the fate of two victims of the 1988 mass executions.
In a letter obtained by Justice for Iran, the Working Group expressed hope that appropriate investigations would be carried out to clarify the fate and whereabouts of the two victims.
Roghieh and Abdolreza Akbari-Monfared were among approximately 5000 political prisoners who faced summary executions in the summer of 1988. Many of these political prisoners had served long prison terms and were waiting to be released. Some, like Abdolreza, had already completed their original sentences but were never released.
In February 2017, 29 years after their disappearance, their sister Maryam Akbari-Monfared asked the UN to help her find the truth about the fate of her loved ones.
The Iranian government had verbally informed the family that their children were executed, but has never revealed their place of burial, leading the UN Working Group on Involuntarily and Enforced Disappearances to recognize the two victims as enforced disappeared persons.
Enforced disappearance is a crime under international law and families of such persons have the right to know the truth, the right to justice and the right to reparation.
Maryam Akbari-Monfared, herself a political prisoner, is serving a 15-year sentence in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. The video clip ‘Generations Without Justice’ sheds light on Maryam and her family’s plight.
The UN Working Group on Involuntarily and Enforced Disappearances assists families in determining the fate or whereabouts of their family members who are reportedly disappeared.