Iran: mass grave site in danger of disappearance from the public sight

Marked by a long horizontal concrete block, the mass grave of the 1988 massacre in Ahwaz are deliberately hidden from sight covered by household refuse and construction debris.

Footage taken by an amateur cameraperson on 6 July 2017 shows that the authorities have transferred more construction waste into much closer proximity of the grave. If it continues, the entire grave site will be covered by construction debris and vanish from the public sight forever.

Over the course of less than two months, thousands of political prisoners were extrajudicially executed and secretly buried in unmarked or mass graves in summer 1988. It is believed that the mass grave in Ahwaz, southwest of Iran, contains the remains of at least 44 of them.

Amnesty International and Justice for Iran raised serious concern on the desecration of the mass grave sites in a joint press release last month.