MEK Iran” UN Expert Calls
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that shortly after the regime’s rigged presidential election, calls for Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s new president, to be held accountable for his role in human rights violations have grown louder.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Mr. Javaid Rehman, has asked for an international investigation into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and Raisi’s participation in this violation of human rights.
As per Reuters, “The U.N. investigator on human rights in Iran has called for an independent inquiry into allegations of state-ordered executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988,” and the role played by “Ebrahim Raisi as Tehran deputy prosecutor.”
Historically role in 1988 executions
Mr. Rehman stated that “we will have very serious concerns about this president and the role, the reported role, he has played historically in those executions” while pushing to investigate Raisi and the tragedy.
According to Reuters, Javid Rehman said, “We have made communications to the Islamic Republic of Iran because we have concerns that there is again a policy to actually destroy the graves or that there may be some activity to destroy evidence of mass graves.”
Raisi role as the regime’s Judiciary Chief
During his tenure as the regime’s Judiciary Chief, Raisi continued to violate human rights. Raisi justified his dark history of human rights atrocities in his first interview.
“If a judge, a prosecutor has defended the security of the people, he should be praised … I am proud to have defended human rights in every position I have held so far,” Raisi noted.
Crimes against humanity
Mr. Rehman and six other UN experts wrote a letter to the Iranian authorities in September, stating that the massacre in 1988 “may amount to crimes against humanity.”
Thousands of political prisoners housed in jails around Iran were summarily and extrajudicially executed by the Iranian regime in the summer of 1988. The genocide was carried out after the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa declaring MEK members enemies of God.
Raisi was a member of the so-called “death commission,” which was in charge of choosing the fate of inmates during the 1988 massacre. As a result, is estimated that about 30,000 people were executed of which the majority were members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
The Iranian leadership, which has chosen Raisi as its new president, has no intention of investigating the 1988 massacre. Recently, they desecrated the 1988 victims’ mass graves.
Amnesty International had pushed the global community to probe Raisi’s role in the 1988 massacre before Mr. Rehman.
Agnès Callamard, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, said in a statement on June 19, “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran.”
The Iranian Resistance has consistently claimed that the international community should investigate human rights breaches in Iran, particularly the 1988 massacre, in order to stop the regime’s systematic impunity.