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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 4 Shahrivar 1394 [26 August 2015]

 

A Short Video Commemorating the Executed Political [Prisoners] in Khavaran Cemetery

HRANA News Agency – This short video taken in Shahrivar 1386 [August/September 2007] narrates the gathering and the singing of hymns of a group of civil and political activists and the families of political prisoners executed in the 1360s [1960s] and buried in Khavaran Cemetery.

Khavaran Cemetery exposes one of the largest human rights abuses in the history of the Islamic Republic. In the summer of 1360 [1981], the authorities of the Islamic Republic decided to bury the executed leftist sympathizers on a plot of land adjacent to the Armenian and Hindu Cemetery in southeastern Tehran. In the 1360s [1980s], a number of executed Baha’is, as well as some of those killed in armed conflict, were also buried in the same cemetery by the decision of the authorities of the Islamic Republic. The discovery of a number of new mass graves in the summer of 1367 [1988] indicates that many of the victims of the massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1367 [1988] were buried in mass graves in Khavaran Cemetery.

The exact names and numbers of those executed that year have not yet been determined. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of political prisoners stated that the number of political prisoners executed in this way and en-masse has been estimated as 1879. However, Ayatollah Montazeri, in his memoirs, considers this number to be between 2,800 and 3,800 and confirms that he does not remember the exact number. Political groups opposed to the Islamic Republic have also published the names of 4481 people who they claim have been executed and buried en-masse.

For several years, no one knew about the burial place of those who were executed, and those who did know, were not permitted to visit until the late 1370s [1990s]. Every year in Shahrivar [August/September], the families and friends of those executed, along with some civil, political, student, and labor activists gather in Khavaran Cemetery to commemorate those executed by giving speeches and singing hymns. However, these gatherings are not tolerated by the judicial and security officials, and so far, it has been reported that many civil activists were arrested and prosecuted for attending such events.