On Saturday 2nd of September, Sir David attended a major rally in Trafalgar Square commemorating the massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988.
The rally called on the UK government to take the lead and establish an independent committee investigating the mass executions of 30,000 political prisoners. The rally was organised by various groups including The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran that hope to persuade the UK government to raise the issue at the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly.
As co-chairman of the British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF), Sir David is a passionate advocate of the Iranian people’s resistance to Iran’s theocratic regime and attempts to achieve a secular democracy. As a result, he was asked to speak on the day:
“The appalling and cruel hangings and degrading punishments like eye gauging and amputations of hands and limbs continue unabated in Iran. At least 101 people were executed in Iran in the month of July alone and nearly the same number of people including juveniles and women have been hanged in the month of August by this monstrous fanatic mullahs’ regime.”
“The choice by Western powers to decouple human rights violations and Tehran’s support for terrorism from the nuclear negotiations was a regrettable decision. That was a missed opportunity to pressurise the Iranian regime to make concrete concessions and verifiable improvements in the human rights areas and stop supporting terrorism.”
“We must seize every opportunity and occasion of debate on Iran to highlight the systematic and ongoing human rights violations in that country and put pressure on the regime to stop its atrocities without political expediency.”
“The massacre of 30.000 political prisoners during the summer of 1988 is the worst crime in Iran’s modern history committed following an order from the highest authority, yet 29 years on the perpetrators have still not answered for their crime. Many of them are instead holding senior and ministerial positions in Iran.”
“It is time for the UN and its Human Rights Council to recognise the 1988 massacre as a crime against humanity and to launch an investigation into these mass executions so that those responsible can be prosecuted in an international tribunal.”