MEK Iran: UN Must End Appeasement
With Ebrahim Raisi as the next president of Iran, we now have an international criminal as the next president of the state of Iran. The United Nations or UN will have to deal with the fact that one of its member states is led by a well-known international criminal.
End to the Iranian regime’s impunity
The UN must now put an end to the Iranian regime’s impunity and hold its perpetrators accountable for their atrocious crimes against humanity.
Raisi is accused of crimes against humanity, including the massacre of thousands of political prisoners, according to extensive reports by renowned human rights organizations, including Amnesty International. Geoffrey Robertson, an appellate judge on the UN war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone, who prepared a detailed report on the 1988 massacre, made a recent address.
The massacre 1988
The massacre took place 33 years ago, in late July 1988, when the conflict with Iraq was coming to a conclusion with a truculent cease-fire. In a fit of passion, then-Supreme Leader Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering the execution of all those in prison who resisted his theocracy.
This religious mandate was carried out by a “Death Committee,” which included Ebrahim Raisi.
Thousands of political prisoners
Iran’s prisons, which were crammed with government opponents at the time, were put on lockdown. All planned family visits have been cancelled. The only visitors allowed were a turbaned and bearded group who arrived in black government BMWs to outlying jails.
A religious judge, a public prosecutor, and an intelligence chief were among the delegation’s members. Thousands of political prisoners had been paraded before, most of them were Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI / MEK Iran) opposition activists who had been imprisoned since the early 1980s.
Marched straight to the gallows
The group only had one question for these helpless young men and women, the most of whom had been incarcerated since 1981 for nothing more than participating in street protests.
Many had already completed their sentences. Those who said they had a continuous relationship with the MEK were blindfolded and forced to join a conga line that marched straight to the gallows.
Buried in mass graves
At the Hosseiniyeh prison assembly hall stage, they were hung from cranes 12 at a time from ropes. Their bodies were loaded into refrigerated trucks and buried in mass graves late at night.
Months later, their families would be handed a plastic bag containing their meagre belongings, yearning for information about their children. They were denied access to information about the graves’ locations and were told not to mourn their loved ones in public.
Thousands of detainees had been executed in this manner by the state by mid-August 1988, without trial, without appeal, and without mercy.
The UN essentially turned a blind eye
Even though the UN’s own rapporteur on the condition of human rights in Iran, Reynaldo Galindo Pol, had highlighted the death of at least 860 detainees in the summer of 1998 after visiting Iran a year later, the UN essentially turned a blind eye. Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action letter on the subject in September 1988.
With Raisi’s election to the presidency, the international community should move quickly to intervene. Raisi and other regime criminals must be brought to justice as soon as possible by the international community and the United Nations. The UN has a responsibility to establish a proper investigation into the terrible events of 1988.