MEK Iran: EU Raisi’s Inauguration
Ebrahim Raisi, the new president of the Iranian regime, was sworn in today. Raisi’s human rights violations have been condemned by a number of international human rights organizations, according to the reports by The People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI),. Nonetheless, Enrique Mora, the European External Action Service’s Deputy Political Director, attended Raisi’s inauguration today.
Raisi was a member of Tehran’s “Death Commission”
Raisi was a member of Tehran’s “Death Commission” during the 1988 massacre of political detainees. Raisi and his fellow members of the “Death Commission” executed thousands of political prisoners.
Fight against systematic impunity in Iran
“The international community, including the EU, which is sending Enrique Mora to Raisi’s inauguration, must publicly demonstrate its commitment to fight against systematic impunity in Iran for extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, and torture,” Amnesty International said in response to Mora’s planned visit to Iran.
“Crimes against humanity loom large over Ebrahim Raisi’s inauguration as President of Iran,” Amnesty International said. We continue to demand that he be charged with crimes against humanity for his role in the 1988 massacre, both past, and present.”
Endorsement and reward of criminal Raisi
Raisi stated clearly during his first press conference after being appointed the regime’s new president that he should be “rewarded” for his career. Recognizing Raisi as Iran’s representative and shaking hands with him is an endorsement and reward for this criminal’s crimes against humanity.
On June 19, Amnesty Secretary-General Agnes Callamard said, “His presidency is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran.” The European Union is reinforcing Raisi’s impunity by attending his inauguration or continuing to negotiate with him.
The international community’s failure
The international community’s failure to bring Raisi and other massacre offenders accountable has resulted in a culture of impunity in Iran, where mass murderers like Raisi are celebrated rather than convicted.
In a letter published in December 2020, seven UN human rights experts stated that this failure “had a devastating impact on the survivors and families” and “emboldened” the Iranian authorities to “conceal the fate of the victims and maintain a strategy of deflection and denial.”
The murder and torture of demonstrators in November 2019 were also carried out under Raisi’s watch, highlighting the disastrous consequences of the international community’s failure to hold Raisi and his officials accountable.
Raisi has been sanctioned for his violations of human rights
Raisi has been sanctioned for his violations of human rights. Raisi was appointed as the country’s next president by Khamenei in order for him to serve him, suppress protesters and dissidents, and keep the mullahs’ rule afloat.
When the EU established its new “Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime” in October 2020, Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative, stated that efforts to preserve human rights should go “beyond” legislation and resolutions.
Borrell and the EU
Borrell and the EU are not only standing behind their human rights values and the Global Sanctions Regime by sending his delegate to Raisi’s inauguration, but they are also validating Iran’s continuous human rights violations.
Raisi should not be recognized as Iran’s president by the global community, particularly the European Union. They should demand his arrest and conduct an international investigation into the massacre in 1988, as well as the forced abduction and killing of thousands of Iranians over the following 42 years.