The United Nations recognised the 1988 massacre victims’ cases as enforced disappearances

November 2, 2017

Justice for Iran, 2 November 2007: Pursuant to Maryam Akbari-Monfared’s complaint, the United Nations recognized two victims of the 1988 massacre as the disappeared individuals.

In a letter with one copy sent to Justice for Iran, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) accepted Maryam Akbari-Monfared’s complaint and recognized her siblings, Abdolreza and Roghayeh, as the enforced disappeared individuals. It also urged the Iranian regime to explain about their fates and burial locations.

According to the WGEID, Abdolreza and Roghayeh Akbari-Monfared’s cases remain open until the Islamic Republic authorities explain the reasons and details of their executions to their family and reveal their burial locations.

One year ago, Maryam Akbari-Monfared filed a formal complaint with Tehran’s Prosecutor Office. She urged for an investigation into the cases of her brother, Mohammad Reza, and her sister Roghieh, both executed during the 1988 massacre. Iranian judiciaries have refused to deal with this complaint so far and threatened Akbari Monfared and her family that they would cancel prison visits, charge her with new allegations and exile her to Zahedan prison. Akbari-Monfared subsequently filed an appeal with the UN.

Justice Failed is a video made by Justice for Iran and Iran Human Rights Campaign depicting Maryam’s life and the suffering she and her family went through.