MEK Iran: EU & Raisi’s Inauguration
The People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reported that on Thursday, Ebrahim Raisi was inaugurated as the regime’s new president, and Hassan Rouhani’s era as president of the mullahs came to an end.
Raisi has chosen long before the rigged poll
Raisi ascended to power through a theocratic and undemocratic system. The regime’s Supreme Leader recognized Raisi as Iran’s new president, but he had chosen him long before the rigged poll.
Raisi is well-known in Iran and throughout the world for his long history of human rights abuses. His inauguration came just days after the authorities in Iran killed 18 people.
The rise in executions in Iran
The rise in executions in Iran is not confined to the last few days. The regime’s human rights breaches have reached a new level since Raisi became the regime’s Judiciary Chief in 2019. During the big protests in Iran in November 2019, the authorities killed around 1500 protestors and arrested about 12,000 others.
The detainees were subjected to horrific torture and were sentenced to long prison terms. Amnesty International uncovered shocking evidence of mistreatment in the regime’s prisons in an exclusive report titled “Trampling Humanity.”
Raisi oversaw the entire crackdown
Raisi oversaw the entire crackdown as the regime’s judiciary chief. The continued human rights crimes in Iran, as well as Raisi’s presidency, show that regime officials enjoy systemic impunity. Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard said Raisi’s presidency “is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran” on June 19, following the regime’s announcement that he had been elected president.
Raisi’s position as a member of the death commission in the 1988 killing of over 30,000 political prisoners was also highlighted by Ms. Callamard.
The UN Human Rights Council
“It is now more urgent than ever for member states of the UN Human Rights Council to take concrete steps to address the crisis of systematic impunity in Iran,” Amnesty International’s Secretary-General stated, “including by establishing an impartial mechanism to collect and analyze evidence of the most serious crimes under international law committed in Iran to facilitate fair and independent judicial proceedings.”
The international community’s complacency on human rights crimes has allowed Iran’s rulers to operate with impunity.
Seven United Nations human rights experts
Seven United Nations human rights experts wrote a letter in December 2020 highlighting this fact. They stated that the international community’s failure to act in response to the 1988 massacre “had a devastating impact on the survivors and their families, as well as on the general situation of human rights in Iran,” and that it “empowered the regime to continue covering up aspects of its human rights record.”
The current presidency of Raisi, as well as the regime’s systemic violations of human rights in Iran since 1988, are some of the catastrophic consequences of the international community’s unwillingness to hold the regime accountable.
Enrique Mora attended Raisi’s inauguration
Enrique Mora, a senior European Union official, attended Raisi’s inauguration on August 5. “It is crucial to engage diplomatically with the new administration and pass directly important messages,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, stated in this regard.
While several human rights organizations call for Raisi’s accountability, the EU’s stance on his leadership is a humiliation.
Negotiations and diplomacy with the mullahs’ dictatorship have resulted in increased terrorism abroad and more human rights violations in Iran. The regime has been encouraged to continue its crimes as a result of the EU’s failing appeasement policy. Raisi and others complicit in human rights violations should be made accountable by the international community in order to put an end to Iran’s continuous human rights violations.