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Recognising the 1988 massacre in Iran

EDM (Early Day Motion) 615: tabled on 03 November 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 32 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House supports justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran; recognises that in 1988, thousands of political prisoners, as many as 30,000, were massacred based on a fatwa by Iran's Supreme Leader Khomeini primarily targeting members of the opposition PMOI (MEK) who remained committed to their beliefs; is deeply concerned by the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of the massacre who are today running the Iranian Government and judiciary; recalls that Amnesty International has identified President Ebrahim Raisi as a member of the 1988 Death Commissions which carried out the enforced disappearance and extrajudicial executions of thousands of political dissidents; reiterates that an enforced disappearance continues until the fate and whereabouts of the individuals concerned are established; welcomes the recent calls by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran and UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances for an international investigation into Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners; acknowledges Amnesty International's 19 June 2021 statement calling for Raisi to be criminally investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture in accordance with international law and standards, including by states that exercise universal jurisdiction; shares the belief of human rights experts that the 1988 enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in Iran amount to ongoing crimes against humanity and genocide; calls on the Government to seek a UN Commission of Inquiry into the 1988 massacre; and recognises 19 July as the day to remember victims of the 1988 massacre.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2021
Worthing West
McCabe, Steve
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2021
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Vickers, Martin
Conservative
Signed on 9 November 2021
Cleethorpes
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2021
East Antrim
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 17 November 2021
Easington
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 November 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Swayne, Sir Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2021
New Forest West
Spellar, John
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2021
Warley
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2021
Gateshead
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 November 2021
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 November 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2021
Leyton and Wanstead
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 November 2021
Gordon
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 November 2021
Glasgow South West
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 November 2021
Dundee West
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 November 2021
Bath
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 December 2021
Dunfermline and West Fife
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 9 December 2021
Dagenham and Rainham
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 December 2021
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2022
Sheffield Central
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 January 2022
Ochil and South Perthshire
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2022
Glasgow North East
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2022
North Ayrshire and Arran
Flynn, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 January 2022
Aberdeen South

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.