Raisi’s appearance at the United Nations was the latest example of appeasement following the presence of an EU delegation at his inauguration in Tehran in August.
PARIS, FRANCE, October 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi gave a virtual speech at the United Nations General Assembly earlier this month. Iranian expatriates, human rights activists and officials around the world were outraged by the decision.
Rallies were held in a dozen cities across North America and Europe to raise awareness of Raisi’s human rights violations and to protest the Western “appeasement” of the regime.
Raisi’s appearance at the United Nations was the latest example of appeasement following the presence of a European delegation at his inauguration in Tehran in August.
Each case showed a marked indifference to the main opposition’s concerns, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Less than a month before the inauguration, that alliance convened an international conference on Iranian politics that focused on Raisi’s role in the 1988 murder of political prisoners.
Kelly Ayotte, a former Senator from New Hampshire, was one of the American speakers at another recent conference and said in a speech that “Raisi does not deserve the privilege of addressing the UN General Assembly tomorrow.”
Raisi should be held accountable for the deaths of more than 30,000 innocent Iranian political prisoners. ” the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), a dissident group, claimed more than 90% of the deaths.
After arriving in Sweden in 2019, officials in Sweden carried out an arrest warrant against former Iranian prison officer Hamid Noury. Last month, Nouri faced allegations of war crimes and mass murder stemming from his own role in the 1988 massacre.
Though remarkable in and of itself, Raisi’s involvement was much more limited as he was one of four members of the Tehran Death Commission that oversaw executions in Evin and Gohardasht Prisons for several months in 1988.
The case against Noury is being pursued in Sweden under the principle of “universal jurisdiction”, which allows any nation with a good reputation under international law to prosecute serious violations anywhere in the world if it is clear that under the original no action is taken under jurisdiction.
The 1988 killers were methodically rewarded by the dictatorship with more powerful and influential positions. The “election” of Raisi as president, carried out by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, is perhaps the most egregious example.
The case for Raisi’s arrest is compounded as the 1988 massacre was genocidal, according to Professor Eric David of the University of Brussels, who spoke at the NCRI’s August conference. This is made possible by the content of the fatwa on which the massacre was based, in which the regime’s founder Khomeini outlined a religious motive for the murders and pointed out that supporters of a more moderate Islam would by nature be punishable by the death penalty.
Raisi’s participation in the United Nations General Assembly undoubtedly indicates a lack of political will to hold him accountable for his past crimes. At the center of his utterances was the portrayal of theocracy as a victim of foreign hostilities. After the Iranian people boycotted the regime’s fake presidential elections earlier this year, Raisi turned them down.
Iran has seen extraordinary public upheavals since late 2017, including two different but related nationwide revolutions. The second, which took place in November 2019, comprised around 200 cities and towns and contained calls such as “Death to the dictator” and explicit calls for regime change.
During the rebellion, over 1,500 peaceful demonstrators were killed within a few days, and many arrested were tortured for months by a court headed by Raisi.
Iranians have more in common with secular democracies around the world than with the Iranian dictatorship.
Raisi should be rejected by the world community in places like the United Nations General Assembly, and alternatives should be considered to prosecute him for the mass murder of Iranian citizens.
Human rights report by Ebrahim Raisi, eyewitness accounts, Rasoul Tabrizi