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A court in London is hearing evidence of Iranian atrocities. (Photo: albawaba.com)

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In recent days, Iranians are commemorating the anniversary of Bloody November in Iran, in which people demonstrated due to the rising fuel prices and the regime responded by massacring the people. Although the exact number of people killed remains hidden, according to human rights organizations and news agencies, thousands of people were shot dead. In recent days, a court has started in London to register witnesses` evidence and documents to try the officials of the Iranian regime for this grave crime against humanity.

Ewin Mostafazade, a member of the board of Kurdpa and a Kurdish human rights activist, stated that “the People’s Court in London is showing the world that there is no fair judgement and following up of human rights violations inside Iran’s judicial system and the regime not only suppresses people and violate their rights, but hides the reality and denies it.”

Although this court is symbolic and has no executive powers, the regime is afraid of the consequences, as this court can collect documents for a future official court and increase the international community’s responsibility towards what is going on now in Iran. “This sends a message to the Iranian people that the execution of justice is hard but not impossible,” proclaimed Mostafazade.

According to Mostafazade, the Kurds also suffered gravely during Bloody November: “Kurdpa has documented 41 killed. Many of the families were forced to pay about 50 to 100 million of tomans to receive their dead corpses.  Some lost their lives under torture. In some cases like Ershad Rahmanian whose witness testified in court, he was thrown into a dam, while his hands and legs were tied with a rope. Kurdpa also reported that three male students were raped in detention centers in Mariwan in Iranian Kurdistan.”

Mahmoud Masoumi, an Iranian human rights activist and Iran Prison Atlas Lead Researcher, added: “The Bloody November protests were the most extensive demonstrations against the regime and it is estimated that thousands of people were killed, injured and were disabled. The lack of transparency of statistics is the result of repressing and threatening affected people by the Iranian regime. I was told last year that the Justice for Ira organization was trying to hold the people’s trial and that was a light of hope for the people who were targeted for violence.”

Masoumi then adds: “I am personally an optimist for this court. The political society of Iran has always been under repression by the regime and the Islamic regime has tried to distort its treatment against political activists with all its power.”

As he explained, “There was this risk that the importance of Bloody November decreased over time, yet this court fortunately managed to protect the exact realities of it. We know that witnesses in the court suffered, since many witnesses were forced to be silent due to the regime security forces` threats and intimidation. Many of the prisoners talked about their political aims. About 70 percent of them told us that their main goal for participating in the protests was to topple the regime peacefully. This is a fact that has been less reflected in reports and many foreigners may have this mentality about the protests that it was just as a result of expensiveness and petrol prices. That is completely not true.”

Masoumi then reminds us that some of the illegal actions of the judicial system against the detainees of November constitutes a “lack of right to a fair trial, lack of access to a lawyer, holding trials in a minute, deprivation of family visits, failure to see the court order to the defendant, denial of telephone calls and torturing of detainees in detention centers.”

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“A demonstration started in November 2019 in protest of the tripling of petrol prices in Iran which changed into an opposition against the whole regime,” added Eskender Jafari, a human rights activist and a member of the board of MafNews. 

“The Internet was shut down by the regime and thousands were killed and more were arrested. The Islamist regime of Iran did not confess to what had happened during those days. Some human rights organizations started at first to register and document human rights violations by the regime in those protests. More than 45 witnesses still have testified against more than 130 Iranian authority figures including the Supreme Leader Khameniei and President Raeisi and if this court reach a good end, in that case no other dictator can enjoy diplomatic immunity anymore.”

Jafari says that the court has noted that Iran`s foreign minister deputy has threatened that if the work of court will be continued, Iran will stop partaking in the JCPOA negotiations with West.

“The Iranian dictator regime, while the court is continuing, has started to arrest Kurdish activists in a vast scale, in order to put pressure on the court and at the same time to create a horrific atmosphere in Kurdistan, because there are many Kurdish witnesses who want to testify in the court.”

While the regime is going to be ready to go back to a nuclear deal to get more advantages, Jafari proclaimed; “Now human rights organizations want human rights articles to be attached to this negotiation. Regarding this matter, Amnesty International has described this Tribunal court as a powerful initiative action against violators of human rights and said this court should be kind of an awakening alarm for all members of the United Nations.”

Jafari concluded: “About 2,300 videos from 86 cities of 29 provinces in Iran have been documented from Bloody November protests in which in 310 of them we see dead people or hear sounds of gunfire.”

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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