Geoffrey Robertson QC on last year’s Iranian elections and the Iranian regime’s murder of political prisoners in 1988:
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the death of democracy in Iran – the rigged election which the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared lost by reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Afterwards protesters were shot dead in the street and taken for torture to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison; several have been hanged as mohareb – enemies of God. This intolerance of dissent should have come as no surprise: this is the same regime that got away with the murder of thousands of political prisoners – and has never been called to account.
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Geoffrey Robertson is head of Doughty Street Chambers. He is the author of many books, including Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice and The Tyrannicide Brief. He is the author of the introduction to The Levellers: The Putney Debates, part of Verso’s Revolutions series.