Khavaran: silencing the dead

Khavaran is a burial site for the mass executions of political prisoners, ethnic minorities, religious minorities and anyone else that the Islamic Regime consciously wanted to get rid of. The following is an extract from an article in iranian.com about the governments recent attempts at bulldozing and destroying the evidence of the mass graves.

Of all the crimes the Islamic Republic of Iran has committed, the mass executions of 1988 continue to be the most revealing of the regime’s contempt and fear of political dissidents in Iran. Many of the thousands of people who were nightly executed during those short few months in Tehran have been buried in an old non-Muslim cemetery, named Khavaran.

Horrific eyewitness details of the discovery of mass graves at the site brought attention to Khavaran. Victims’ families gather there regularly to remember their lives and savage executions and burials in mass graves. The Iranian government has regularly disrupted gatherings at the site and has attempted to destroy evidence of the mass graves under pretenses of building a park in its place several times, each time unsuccessfully. International human rights organizations have repeatedly asked the Iranian government to allow forensic investigation of the graveyard to determine the number of people buried there. Though of the 5,000 to 10,000 prisoners believed to have been murdered during what is referred to as “Prison Massacre of 1988” as many as 5,000 are believed to have been buried at Khavaran, a former Ministry of Information top official, Reza Malek, has recently provided testimony to the much higher number of 33,700 executions, many of whom are buried in 170 to 190 mass graves at Khavaran.

The recent demolition of any signs and markings left by victims’ families about their loved one’s burial at the site, and its replacement with fresh dirt and planted trees has intensified general concern that IRI is working hard to move and destroy evidence of the graves.
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8 Responses to “Khavaran: silencing the dead”

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  6. luis Says:

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