|Thanks to these and other developments, heightened public awareness has led to an increase in voluntary reports and submissions of data to ABC by the general public.
Two decades of documentation, tens of thousands of stories saved from oblivion. For every case exhaustively documented by ABC, there are many more consisting of only bare leads like a name, death date, or legal charge. As the Iranian regime continues to arbitrarily and summarily kill – to ruthlessly oppress its citizens with virtual impunity – the hard work of our team is outpaced by a list of cases and incidents that remain to be researched, completed, or amended, a list that is ever-growing and weighs on our conscience.
Victims and civil society actors are testifying, documenting and memorializing, often at great personal risk and cost, yet the work of ordinary citizens cannot contend with extensive state resources, deadly weapons, intelligence technology. As demonstrated by the arrest and prosecution of Nouri in Sweden, the international community has the means to hold perpetrators accountable for taking foreign and Iranian lives domestically, abroad, or in the air. Indeed, to date the price the Islamic Republic leaders have paid for their systematic assault on the right to life has been too negligible to prevent repetition.
The shooting down of the commercial flight PS752 is a case in point. The Ukrainian flight was downed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8, 2020, and there is overwhelming indications that Iranian authorities tampered with evidence, threatened victims, obstructed justice, and hindered investigations into the crash. Holding the perpetrators of such a grave act of violence to account is possible. The international community only needs stronger resolve in upholding the values it committed to 70 years ago in the Universal Human Rights Charter to prevent mass atrocities.
Today more than ever we need to show perpetrators, their supporters, and the world's decision makers that our work in human rights and justice is backed by multitudes; that truth-telling, and understanding and acknowledging harm, are indispensable to a more humane and peaceful future; and that the work of memory and the quest for justice are existential and always relevant. Protecting victims from obscurity is work that can only be carried out with your support.
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