Iran’s Human rights situation worsens under Raisi’s first year of presidency
In his first year as president, Ebrahim Raisi, also known as the “henchman of 1988,” had a dreadful track record of flagrant and persistent human rights abuses. Under his leadership, the regime has increased executions and repression to previously unheard-of levels in an effort to stave off the inevitable overthrow of the ruling theocracy.
33 prisoners were hanged in the final ten days of July, and public executions were once again conducted. Over the past year, at least seven prisoners have died as a result of torture. The vast majority of the victims were charged with drug trafficking, despite the fact that the IRGC and Hezbollah control the massive drug trade and its transit outside of Iran.
One prisoner died during a hunger strike during that time, and several others died because their medical care was delayed. A Sunni cleric was among the other prisoners who perished in dubious circumstances. A number of prisoners were executed after serving years, in some cases up to 20 years, in prison.
State-run media outlets reported on August 2, that the regime’s Supreme Court had upheld the nightmarish decision to gouge out the eyes of a woman and two men. For the execution of the verdict, the victims were sent to Tehran. The fingers of two prisoners accused of minor theft were amputated by regime authorities in the months of June and July.
Executions keep happening unabatedly. The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) Security and Counterterrorism Committee announced on May 16, 2022, that 5,370 prisoners were on death row, based on secret documents obtained from within the regime’s Judiciary.
On August 3, 2021, Ali Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader, referred to Raisi’s appointment as “a completely meaningful step” and noted that “new people with new initiatives are entering the field.” He also cited Raisi’s appointment as one of the “sweet developments” of the previous Iranian year, which “revived hopes,” on the occasion of the Iranian New Year (March 2022).
Khamenei’s assessment of Raisi as the ultimate solution to a society beset by crises and on the verge of blowing up is confirmed by the results of his first year in office. According to Khamenei, “the meaningful step,” “new initiatives,” and “sweets developments of last year” all refer to additional executions and crackdowns to support the weakening regime.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, commented on the clerical regime’s one-year record, saying that the continuing and intensifying bloodshed and crimes against humanity will not and cannot save the ruling theocracy from overthrow. Instead, it will strengthen the Resistance and the Iranian people in their determination to fight for freedom.
She urged the European Union and its member states, the United Nations, and all human rights advocates to denounce the crimes of this medieval regime and take immediate action to save the lives of thousands of death row inmates, reiterating that engaging with a regime that egregiously violates all recognized international principles and standards of human rights is neither legitimate nor justified in any way. Khamenei, Raisi, and other regime leaders should be held accountable for four decades of crimes against humanity, added Mrs. Rajavi, and the dossier on human rights abuses in Iran should be forwarded to the UN Security Council.