Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – On the occasion of ADVT’s session in 45th Human Rights Council, Mr. Paknejad, son of Martyr Seyed Reza Paknejad, Martyred in Hafte Tir terrorist bombing, declared a statement entitled “Right to the Truth”.
Here is the full text:
Hatred and violence, as a tool for interests of the hegemonic powers, pose a constant threat to world peace and security, making access to peace impossible. And most of the efforts to overcome the terrorism catastrophe have failed
The effects and consequences caused by terrorism in the societies affected by this heinous phenomenon have encompassed the foundations of life of some the societies so much that it is unimaginable to find a recovery for their sufferings. However, a common understanding of this enduring suffering caused by the organized atrocities is needed to be considered in counter-terrorism programs in order to target and undermine the foundations of wickedness as a destructive organization with any definition and label in the international arena.
The right to the truth is one of the basic principles that will be very effective in both individual and social aspects to draw attention from the effects to the causes and factors behind the plan and direction of disasters and the fact that terrorist criminals are the first victims and effects of terrorism.
Paying attention to the existing facts has led to the negligence of the truth and the catastrophe. So the center of terrorism can have a new life and plan and direct another crime. Due to this negligence, the disgraceful case of terrorism has become heavier every day and the solutions have not been very successful.
The case of the terrorist killed in the Netherlands is an example of disregard for the right of access to the truth for the victims of Hafte-Tir terrorist attack in Europe. The court did not allow the presence of stakeholders in the trial process and the right to the truth was denied.
The Netherlands must be held accountable for hosting a terrorist, morally and in accordance with domestic law and international obligations. This right of access to the truth that is important to both the victims of Hafte-Tir attack and the international community. Today, after 39 years, the Dutch court is face a historic assessment of the right to know the truth to answer in a fair trial to the Dutch nation, the international community and the victims of Hafte-Tir disaster, “Who is Ali Motamed? How did he come to the Netherlands? What was his criminal record? And how could he hide in that country?”