Matthew presses for justice on Iran massacre

Today in the House of Commons, Matthew attended a conference to commemorate the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.

In July 1988, 30,000 political prisoners including children and pregnant women were brutally murdered. The mass executions were carried out following a decree by the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ruhollah Khomeini.

Joined by fellow MPs, peers, lawyers and family of the victims, the conference called on the government to condemn the massacre and press the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights along with the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran to form an inquiry.

Matthew said: “I was honoured to attend the conference today to remember the victims of one of the most heinous crimes in Iran’s modern history. Just a few weeks ago in Paris, I stood alongside 100,000 others to put pressure on the international community to hold the perpetrators responsible and deliver justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre.

“But this is not just about history. We must also remember that today, people are still executed on a daily basis by the current Iranian regime.

“I and my colleagues will continue to use our place in this Parliament to seek a just solution for the victims, their families and all of the Iranian people.”