Iran Black November: end impunity
Iran Black November: end impunity
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Who are we?
Kaveh Moussavi, human rights campaigner and Iranian human rights lawyer, has instructed leading London human rights firm McCue & Partners LLP to work with him to help end impunity for international crimes and human rights abuses by Iran and its proxies. In November 2019, our work led to the arrest by Swedish authorities of Hamid NOURY, on suspicion of involvement in the 1988 Iranian prison massacre.
With funds generously donated to our “Ending Impunity” appeal, we have set up a non-profit foundation, Ending Impunity Limited (EIL), which will investigate and pursue justice for many other alleged international crimes and human rights abuses.
What are we doing?
Since Noury’s arrest, there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of allegations of crimes against humanity and human rights violations, notably during the violent repression of civilian protests in Iran in November 2019.
There are thousands of historic and new cases that need investigation and action. We are launching a major fundraising initiative to take forward the work of EIL. The proceeds will be used, first, for urgent investigations of alleged international crimes and human rights violations. Secondly, the funds will be transferred to support EIL’s mission in the coming years.
On 16 November 2019, on the streets of Karaj, in Mehrshahr district, Pouya BAKHTIARI, a 27-year-old peaceful protestor, was assassinated by a shot to the head. It is believed that the Iranian authorities were responsible. In the aftermath, Pouya’s family was arrested for speaking out about his death, and for trying to hold a public memorial. His grieving parents were arrested and imprisoned.
This was not an isolated incident. After 4 decades of systematic oppression and human rights violations, on 15 November 2019, anti-regime protests erupted across Iran. The response was characteristically brutal. Security forces and militias fired on protestors, and deployed snipers to target innocent civilians. There are numerous reports that protestors were abducted, tortured, and ‘disappeared’. False confessions were allegedly extracted under duress. Thousands are thought to have been killed, some of them children. Grieving families have been intimidated and persecuted.
These grave and brutal crimes are part of a systemic pattern of abuse and impunity over decades.
We urgently need your support in our work to end impunity and pursue justice for thousands of victims and their families: please contribute and share this page now!
What are we trying to achieve?
There is little hope of justice within Iran. We will endeavour to hold the perpetrators to account outside Iran under universal jurisdiction principles, and international law. As EIL’s work gets underway, every possible action will be taken to investigate and bring to justice known cases of grave international crimes and human rights abuses.
What are the next steps?
The immediate priority is to investigate urgent cases, including recent atrocities perpetrated during the November 2019 civil protests. In the medium to longer term, the fighting fund will enable investigations of thousands of historic and more recent allegations of grave international crimes.
How much we are raising and why?
We aim to raise £1,000,000.
This fund will ensure that all possible actions can be taken to investigate and hold to account the perpetrators of international crimes, torture, crimes against humanity, and human rights abuses over some four decades.
First, the fund will immediately support urgent case investigations. We will set up victims’ groups, collate evidence, and investigate the identity of alleged perpetrators of crimes against humanity, both in and outside Iran.
The legacy fund will support EIL’s operations going forward, once it has obtained full charitable status.
The path to justice is complex, uncertain and full of challenges. However, with your support, we will leave no stone unturned in the quest to end impunity. Thank you for your generosity.
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