The United Nations should initiate the international prosecution of Khamenei, Raisi and other regime leaders for four decades of crimes against humanity and genocide. “
PARIS, FRANCE, September 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Since taking office on August 5, the new President of the Iranian regime, Ebrahim Raisi, has assembled a group of terrorists and criminals whose backgrounds should concern the Iranian people and the democratic nations of the world alike.
The overall composition of his government reflects a commitment to warlike foreign policy strategies as well as open approval of some of Tehran’s worst malicious activities over the past 42 years.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the elected President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), described Raisi’s cabinet as “the embodiment of four decades of religious dictatorship and terrorism by the mullahs, whose main mission is to counter the popular uprising, plunder national wealth, increase terrorism and warmongering, and expand unpatriotic nuclear and ballistic missiles.” Programs. “
This is exactly the kind of identity that is expected to take shape after Raisi’s âselectionâ in June. Raisi was appointed by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who appointed Raisi as chief of justice in 2019. Khamenei elected Raisi as the next president of his regime in order to consolidate power within the regime.
This strategy was also shown in the bogus parliamentary elections in February 2020.
In both the bogus parliamentary and presidential elections, turnout was historically low as the public led a boycott.
Raisi’s presidential candidacy was overshadowed by numerous public demonstrations calling him the “1988 henchman,” and by June the turnout for voters was likely below 10 percent.
This boycott has raised the international profile of Raisi’s past human rights abuses and other malicious activities.
The Iranian Resistance has since continued its activities to mobilize the international community in this regard, holding rallies in several cities just this week in counterpoint to Raisi’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
Speaking from a distance at a conference in Washington DC on Monday, Ms. Rajavi said: âWe call on the United States, the European Union and its member states to forward the dossier of human rights violations in Iran to the UN Security Council . Such a move will enable the United Nations to initiate international prosecutions of Khamenei, Raisi and other regime leaders for four decades of crimes against humanity and genocide. “
Accompanying speeches underscored the future focus of such an investigation by sharing details of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran – in which Raisi played a leading role as one of four officers on Tehran’s “Death Commission”. This panel systematically interrogated inmates in Evin and Gohardasht Prisons and sentenced anyone who expressed support to death the Organization of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK).
It was against this backdrop that most of the protests were against Raisi’s presidential candidacy, although many Iranians also stressed his similar leadership role in cracking down on a nationwide uprising in November 2019 that saw 1,500 peaceful protesters shot dead and systematically tortured by countless others.
By tightening the legacy of the 1988 massacre, the move clearly demonstrated that Tehran remained committed to the violent repression of dissenting opinions, and that these tactics would not become entrenched until Raisi moved from chief of justice to chief of executive.
The Western powers should have been very well aware of the dangers posed by Raisi’s âselectionâ and should have designed their Iran policy to be assertive. Instead, the European Union sent a delegation to Raisi’s inauguration on August 5, giving him a level of legitimacy on the international stage that the Iranian people had denied him at home. This inspired the Iranian authorities to renew their sense of impunity, particularly in human rights matters, which in turn may have influenced Raisi’s decision to appoint advisors who embody “dictatorship and terrorism”.
These numbers include numerous officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including several who played an important role in spreading the regime’s terrorist proxy and malicious foreign targets. At least one member of Raisi’s government, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, is subject to an Interpol arrest warrant for his involvement in a deadly bomb attack in Buenos Aires in 1994, as well as various other incidents, including the murder of foreign dissidents at the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin in 1997.
The regime’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, defended the most recent attempted Iranian terrorist attack on a European target in 2018 when he condemned Western democracies for giving homes to members of the (PMOI / MEK) as a senior diplomatic terrorist and three co-conspirators were caught trying to infiltrate an international rally by NCRI supporters with an explosive device. Had the conspiracy not been foiled, it would most likely have killed hundreds, if not thousands, of participants, including prominent American and European lawmakers who took part in supporting Iranian resistance to regime change.
Regime change is the only real solution to all the problems currently emanating from religious fascism in Iran. Raisi’s appointment alone is a clear signal that the regime has no interest in reckoning with its own past deeds, even if these deeds can credibly be described as genocide and crimes against humanity. On the contrary, the regime has successively rewarded a number of perpetrators of the 1988 massacre, Raisi being only the most recent, albeit the most important example.
The international community should know that Raisi’s presidency will oversee the further escalation of the regime’s crackdown on dissent. And if that is not enough of an incentive to put more serious pressure on the regime, the international community should also point out that an increase in human rights abuses is accompanied by an increase in terrorist activity, foreign warfare, and all the vicious activities that hit the careers of Raisi and his ilk determine.
Ebrahim Raisi, 76th session of the UN General Assembly