Iran: Ebrahim Raisi must be barred from attending UNGA 77
wrongfully accused of murder and hanged despite international outrage. Tuesday, as they attempted to visit Navid’s grave, Navid’s mother, sister Elham, and brother Habib were forcibly detained by security personnel. Iran’s regime routinely denies its victims’ families, primarily those of killed political prisoners, the opportunity to hold funerals and pay respect to their loved ones, and it has a history of harassing and repressing the families of martyrs.
Prior to his execution, Navid made an audio tape in prison in which he stated that the regime was “seeking neck for their noose.” The deposed national champion succinctly summarized the killing spree carried out by the Iranian government shortly after the mullahs hijacked the 1979 revolution.
No one was spared by the mullahs’ inhumane behavior and their rampage. The regime’s strategy to “preserve” its rule at all costs has affected everyone from members of racial and religious minorities to doctors, nurses, academics, and Olympians in various sports.
In an effort to preserve the regime in the face of an uprising and a vibrant society that has been clamoring for change nonstop, all officials have been involved in state-organized crimes.
However, the current leader of the regime, Ebrahim Raisi, who as head of the judiciary at the time ordered Navid’s execution, truly embodies the inhumane nature of Iran’s governing theocracy. Raisi has sent tens of thousands to death during his four-decade career in the judiciary, including several Olympic champions.
Raisi served on Tehran’s “Death Commission” in the summer of 1988, deciding the fate of tens of thousands of political prisoners in Iran, the majority of whom were People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) supporters.
The fact that Raisi had a dismal human rights record was not a secret, and both domestic and international outrage followed his election as president in 2021. Agnes Callamard, secretary-general of Amnesty International, reacted right away when he was chosen to lead the regime.”The grim reminder that impunity rules supreme in Iran is that Ebrahim Raisi has advanced to the presidency rather than being looked into for the crimes against humanity of torture, murder, and enforced disappearance.”
Seven UN experts denounced Iran’s crisis of impunity in December 2020 and emphasized that the lack of response from the international community to the 1988 massacre has had a “devastating impact” on the surviving relatives of the victims and Iran’s “general human rights situation.”
This sense of impunity has emboldened an unscrupulous mass murderer like Raisi to prepare his hate speech for delivery at the United Nations General Assembly in the coming days.
The late Senator John McCain said this about Neda Aqa-Sultan when she was killed during the Iranian uprisings in 2009: “Neda died with open eyes; shame on us who lived with closed eyes.” How would the world democracies tolerate Raisi at the UN General Assembly? Years later, Navid was hanged guilt-free.