Hollow show of amnesty amid widespread arrests

In a hollow show of amnesty, the Iranian state-run radio and television announced that 1,905 prisoners convicted by the general, revolutionary and military tribunals had been granted amnesty.

This ridiculous claim is made while two days ago, Khamenei threatened Montazeri, formerly designated as Khomeini's successor, and other dissident clergymen and theology students with prosecution and execution for "treason." According to the head of the regime's national organization of prisons, Assadollah Lajevardi, the regime arrests an average of 1,930 persons, every day. The problem of shortage of prison space remains to be a serious problem for the regime.

A large number of the regime's prisoners are political dissidents who are arrested and executed as ordinary prisoners. Continued reports from Iran indicate that the regime, terrified from the escalation of the activities of the Resistance in Iran, has been arresting and kidnapping former political prisoners.

The Iranian Resistance draws the attention of human rights organizations to the deteriorating situation of human rights in Iran and calls for an international initiative to open the gates of the mullahs' prisons to international fact-finding missions.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 28, 1997

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