New evidence – including satellite imagery, photo and video analysis – shows that the Iranian authorities are deliberately destroying suspected or confirmed mass grave sites from the country’s 1988 massacre which saw thousands of political prisoners secretly killed, said Amnesty International and Justice for Iran in a new report today (30 April).
The 31-page report – Criminal cover-up: Iran destroying mass graves of victims of 1988 killings – reveals that the Iranian authorities are bulldozing, constructing buildings and roads, dumping rubbish or building new burial plots over mass grave sites.
At one site in the northern city of Tabriz, the authorities have poured concrete over more than half of an area suspected to be a mass grave. Satellite images obtained by Amnesty and Justice for Iran show drastic changes to the area between June 2016 and September 2017.
In another shocking example from the city of Qorveh in Kurdistan province, the authorities have bulldozed gravestones and commemorative signs put up by grieving family members in 2016, saying the land had been designated for “agricultural” purposes.
Justice for Iran estimates that there may be more than 120 locations across Iran that contain the remains of the victims of the 1988 massacre.
(Source: Amnesty International)