Scores of secret graves bearing the victims of mass executions were ‎discovered

8/1/2015 8:01:13 PM

Khavaran cemetry-mass grave1

Khavaran cemetry-mass grave1

The 1988 massacre gave rise to the phenomenon of mass graves. Every day hundreds of ‎people in Evin and more in Gohardasht and other prisons in Tehran and all over Iran were ‎being executed. The regime’s agents did not have the time to bury them one by one, so the ‎only way was to dump them in mass graves. This method was used occasionally in Tehran ‎and other cities since 1981, but in 1988 it became a systematic practice in major cities.‎
A witness recalls: “The scale of the massacre was so vast that bodies of the executed were ‎carried away on trucks to mass graves. I was able to see the truck from between metal ‎window shades covered with a canvas sheet in order to hide the mess.” ‎
A report dated February 3, 1996 said a huge mass grave was discovered during excavation ‎by Avant Construction Company in the Khavaran district of southern Tehran. This mass grave ‎contained hundreds of bodies of prisoners executed in the summer of 1988. After the news ‎spread, hundreds of people rushed to the scene, but police and security forces sealed off the ‎area and dispersed the crowd by fitting into air. The next day a number of employees of the ‎company were arrested for Spreading the news.‎
The mass graves listed below were discovered by local residents, eyewitnesses, former ‎prisoners, families of victims or from testimonies of former prison officials.‎

‎1.‎ Ahwaz, Khuzistan Province‎
‎2.‎ Amol, Mazandaran Province‎
‎3.‎ Arak, Central Province‎
‎4.‎ Bandar Anzali, Gilan Province‎
‎5.‎ Borazjan, Bushehr Province
‎6.‎ Gachsaran, Kohkiluyeh Province‎
‎7.‎ Gonbad, Mazandaran Province‎
‎8.‎ Gorgan, Golestan Province‎
‎9.‎ Hamedan, Hamedan Province‎
‎10.‎ Isfahan, Isfahan Province‎
‎11.‎ Kerman, Kerman Province‎
‎12.‎ Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province‎
‎13.‎ Lahijan, Gilan Province‎
‎14.‎ Mashhad, Khorassan Province‎
‎15.‎ Orumieh, West Azerbaijan Province‎
‎16.‎ Qazvin, Qazvin Province‎
‎17.‎ Salehabad, 11am Province‎
‎18.‎ Shiraz, Fars Province‎
‎19.‎ Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province‎
‎20.‎ Tehran, Tebran Province‎
‎21.‎ Zahedan, Sistan & Baluchistan Province‎

The maps of these mass graves are in Chapter 7 of Crimes against Humanity, a book ‎published by the NCRI in 2001.‎
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‎30,000 political prisoners were massacred in summer and autumn 1988 for supporting ‎the Mojahedin. Most of these prisoners were buried in mass graves. ‎
The above photograph shows the body of Yousef Haibodi, protruding out of the mass ‎grave, as the foot of another victim flanks his head ‎