Iran’s 1988 Prison Massacre
From News Blaze August 27, 2009
"The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC)" has "released a report documenting and analyzing the Iranian government's massacre of political prisoners during the summer of 1988.
In late July 1988, pursuant to a *fatwa* issued by then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian government began systematically interrogating, torturing and summarily executing thousands of political prisoners. […] Although the exact number of victims is not known, thousands of prisoners were tortured and executed over the course of only a few months.
The Iranian government has never identified those who were secretly executed and tortured, and has never issued an explanation for this crime. However, many of the men who were responsible for the massacre continue to hold positions of power in the Iranian government."