MEK Iran: Raisi Must be Prosecute
According to the Iranian opposition group The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), Ebrahim Raisi, the president of the Iranian theocracy, gave a brazen virtual “speech” to the United Nations General Assembly.
Ken Blackwell, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN
Ken Blackwell, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission said, “I am appalled that Raisi was given a platform at the General Assembly. Indeed, he should be investigated and promptly prosecuted for committing horrendous human rights abuses; not allowed to spew intolerable and hateful rhetoric at a major international forum.”
Raisi took full advantage of the undeserved spotlight, claiming that US sanctions against his homicidal regime were “crimes against humanity.”
Raisi is regarded in Iran as the “Butcher”
In order to avoid accountability, clerics frequently blame others for the horrible atrocities that they themselves commit. While accusing others of crimes against humanity without remorse, Raisi is regarded in Iran as the “Butcher” for his numerous crimes against humanity.
Since Raisi’s election to the presidency, human rights organizations and authorities have called for him to be held accountable for the crimes he committed in 1988. Raisi was a member of the “Death Committees” that carried out the orders of the former Supreme Leader Khomeini to annihilate all imprisoned opponents in that year, which is well-known and documented.
Over 30,000 people are thought to have been summarily executed
Over 30,000 people are thought to have been summarily executed during minutes-long show trials, the majority of whom were members of the main democratic opposition the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
After that, the victims were buried in unmarked mass graves all around Iran. In the years thereafter, the administration has done everything it can to conceal the site of those graves or to eliminate all traces of its colossal crime by demolishing them.
Robertson has called the 1988 massacre a genocide
Former President of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, Geoffrey Robertson, has called the 1988 massacre a genocide. Mr. Robertson stated at a conference in August of this year:
“It seems to me that there is very strong evidence that this was a genocide. It applies to killing or torturing a certain group for their religious beliefs.”
“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.”
Amnesty International’s current Secretary-General, Agnès Callamard, correctly remarked after Raisi’s election as President this year.
The UN’s human rights investigator in Iran
Indeed, prominent UN human rights officials, notably the UN’s human rights investigator in Iran, Javaid Rehman, have asked for an international investigation into the massacre of 1988.
“I think it is time and it’s very important now that Mr. Raisi is the president that we start investigating what happened in 1988 and the role of individuals.” Mr. Rehman said in an interview with Reuters earlier this year.
The dictatorship has become more aggressive
Those calls appear to have gone unheard, with disastrous results. The dictatorship has become more aggressive and committed greater atrocities against the Iranian people as a result of the lack of foreign inquiries into Raisi’s role in the murder of thousands of political prisoners.
In November of 2019, when Raisi was the head of the judiciary, at least 1,500 protestors were killed in the streets, and hundreds more were imprisoned and tortured as a result of his orders.
The UN’s inactivity and silence in the face of Raisi’s heinous acts are unacceptable, disgusting, and immoral. They created a precedent for other autocrats to follow.
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