Azadeh Tabib was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. She had finished high school and was only 19 years old when she was arrested in 1984. One of her friends said they took Azadeh to 7th branch of integration under severe torture
At that time, the mullahs often tortured political prisoners and arrested activists to obtain information about other activists or to force them to renounce their ideas and cooperate with the regime.
After being tortured her kidneys were infected, her sight seeing, and her hearing was poor.
One painful infected mark for Azadeh was the remaining wires in her foot when she was beaten with lashes. She was in much pain, and there was no treatment in prison. Unfortunately, the guards didn’t allow her to be treated outside prison. For her treatment, they transplanted her skin from her legs onto her feet. She remained strong with good sprits.
In prison, Azadeh Tabib was able to learn and speak 5-6 languages: English, French, German, Turkish, Arabic and Esperanto.
Eventually, in 1988 she was executed at the age of 23.
A Crime Against Humanity
- 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 Human Rights Council needs to conduct an international investigation into the 1988 massacre. This would be the first step to end the impunity for the officials, agents and those who ordered the largest political crime of the century.
Khamenei and other leaders of the regime need to be prosecuted and face justice for committing crimes against humanity.