Sakineh Delfi – victim of 1988 massacre

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Sakineh Delfi was born in 1962 in Abadan, southern Iran.

Sakineh Delfi was only 16 became interested in politics. She acquainted with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and participated in their meetings.

She engaged in activities, including selling the Mojahed magazine and participating in Mojahedin gatherings and rallies.

Sakineh Delfi was arrested multiple times, imprisoned, and beaten by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) during 1979-1981 because of her activities.

She completed her high school and was selected for university admission, but the Iranian regime prevented her from attending college and later banned her from leaving Ahvaz to prevent her from attending college elsewhere.

She was last arrested and imprisoned in 1987. She was taken to multiple prisons and was severely tortured in each. She was subjected to a variety of tortures including being whipped and burned by an iron.

Some of her fingernails were pulled; she was hanged by her hair; a metal rod was pierced into her body while being whipped; they pierced her knees with drill, and threw her into ice water, but she would not be broken or reveal any secret information.

Because of enduring so much torture under severe conditions, Sakineh lost so much weight and reached 34 kg (75 lbs).

She was tortured to reveal the whereabouts of her friends, but she refused to do so.

During a prison visit with her sister and mother, her mother asked why she lost so much weight. While pointing to the IRGC members, Sakineh said, “They did this to me and the other political prisoners.” She was beaten in front of her crying mother and sister and was taken away.

Sakineh Delfi was executed in 1988 during the massacre of the political prisoners on Khomeini’s decree.

She was only 26 and had spent the last 10 years of her life either in prisons or spending her time and efforts in improving poor people’s lives.

Sakineh Delfi was one of the first victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. She was buried together with seven other PMOI political prisoners behind the Ahvaz steel industry open lands and their mass graves were covered with a 30-centimeter-deep cement to prevent access to their severely tortured and mutilated bodies.
1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran
A Crime Against Humanity

The Facts

– In 1988, the Iranian regime massacred 30,000 political prisoners.
– The executions took place based on a fatwa by Supreme Leader Khomeini.
– Three-member commissions known as ‘Death Commissions’ were formed across Iran sending political prisoners who refused to abandon their beliefs to execution.
– The victims were buried in secret mass graves.
– The perpetrators continue to enjoy impunity.
– Since 2016, the names of nearly 100 ‘Death Commission’ members have been revealed. Many still hold senior positions in the Iranian judiciary or government.

The United Nations and the international community need to recognize the 1988 massacre in Iran as genocide and a crime against humanity.

The UN Security Council needs to take immediate action to arrange for the international trial of the leaders of the regime, especially Khamenei, Raisi, and its Judiciary Chief Ejeii, for committing genocide and crimes against humanity.

Source » iran-hrm

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