Speaking at a meeting held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the chemical attack, Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh called for investigating, prosecuting and punishing individuals and legal entities involved in the transfer of chemical equipment to the regime of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
The United States and several other European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, played an irrefutable role in the attack by supplying Saddam’s regime with chemical weapons, he told the meeting aimed at also to discuss the human rights dimensions of the use of chemical weapons in the Iraq imposed war on Iran in the 1980s.
He denounced the inhuman American sanctions in the field of medicine as a “double injustice” against the victims of the Sardasht attack.
Hamaneh said it was the moral and legal responsibility of all governments to cooperate in compensating the victims and survivors of the attack, adding that the criminal prosecution and punishment of perpetrators of war crimes and those who help to such crimes is a common duty, Press TV reported. .
He stressed that legal divisions and formats should not prevent the use of human rights foundations and mechanisms to call on national and international authorities to respond to the legitimate demands of victims of chemical weapons and to assert their rights.
Also during the meeting, several video clips containing interviews with injured and survivors of the Sardasht chemical attack were played, showing the continued suffering and pain of the victims, as well as the limitations and problems of access to drugs due to illegal penalties. the United States.
The chemical bombing of Sardasht took place on June 28, 1987, nearly seven years after Saddam Hussein’s regime waged war against Iran.
During the war, which lasted eight years, the Iraqi army continuously used chemical weapons against Iranian fighters and civilians, causing tens of thousands of deaths on the spot and many more sufferings for years to come.
More than 100 people were killed in the Sardasht attack and thousands more were exposed to chemical agents.
After three decades, many survivors of the chemical attack still have to live with the long-term respiratory and even psychological effects of inhaling the mustard gas used in the attack.