By allowing him to speak, the international community will turn a blind eye to 3 decades of accumulated knowledge about the massacre and Raisi’s role in it.
PARIS, FRANCE, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Since the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader chose Ebrahim Raisi as president, there have been increasing calls for his prosecution and preventing him from visiting the state. So far, however, these calls have largely fallen on deaf ears.
Raisi is now due to address the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, and his remarks will be expected to address themes of justice and freedom – terms that are far removed from the daily experience of Iranian citizens and the fundamental identity of Iran. diet.
This identity has been reinforced in recent weeks by the appointment and legislative confirmation of a number of senior officials whose terrorist good faith matches that of the president himself.
Raisi’s cabinet includes an unprecedented number of officers from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, several individuals who are currently under US and EU sanction, and one who is the subject of a Interpol warrant for its involvement in a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires. which killed 85 people.
Raisi was also sanctioned by the United States in 2019. There is no arrest warrant against him in any country, but the reason for the sanctions against him could also justify his arrest by authorities in virtually every country in the country. world. This was explained last month by several specialists in human rights and international law, during a virtual conference organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) to serve as a forum for discussion on the 1988 massacre. of political prisoners.
The conference focused on the role Raisi played in these murders. For the families of the victims, for other Iranian regime officials and for the Resistance Movement which has been working to overthrow the system that has supported the perpetrators of the massacre for more than three decades, the prosecution of Raisi would be a powerful sign that the The regime’s impunity in such cases is finally at an end.
This impunity has been reinforced by weak and conciliatory policies towards the regime, especially with regard to its human rights situation. This too was at the center of the recent NCRI conference, which featured remarks from a number of European lawmakers who urged their governments to take a more assertive stance with the Iranian regime and consider measures that would actively support the people. Iranian and his protests. movements.
These protests began in earnest at the end of 2017 and merged into a national uprising that included more than 100 towns and villages in mid-January 2018. In November of the following year, another uprising spontaneously erupted in nearly 200 locations, featuring anti- regime slogans and calls for regime change and “death of the dictator”.
The Iranian regime brutally suppressed these protests and Raisi played a key role in this oppression as he was in charge of the regime’s justice at the time of the mass shootings, indiscriminate arrests and systematic torture.
Public condemnation of his role in this crackdown quickly mingled with long-standing condemnation of his role as one of four officials who served on Tehran’s “death commission” in the summer of 1988 This body set in motion the process by which prisoners of conscience were re-judged in order to verify their opinions and political affiliations, then summarily executed, they refused to comply with the theocratic system.
In the space of about three months, this process killed more than 30,000 people, including adolescents, pregnant women and many prisoners who had already served their initial sentences before being put in the crosshairs by the police. fatwa of the then supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, declaring that any affiliation with the main opposition, the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (PMOI / MEK) are considered “enmities against God” and are sentenced to death.
This criminal charge continues to be used to this day to justify the death penalty. Raisi’s promotion from the head of the judiciary to the head of the executive means that such politically motivated assassinations will be accelerated.
Iran’s overall execution rate has soared for more than two months that Raisi served as head of the judiciary, and is rising even faster as his presidential administration takes shape. There is little doubt that this overall growth coincides with an increase in executions of political prisoners, in particular.
Iran has always been the world leader in both metrics, depending on its population, and its commitment to the misuse of the death penalty has surely been reinforced by the inaction of foreign powers on the issues. rights in Iran, in particular the crisis of 1988. massacre.
Last year, seven United Nations human rights experts issued an open letter to Iranian regime authorities in which they deplored this inaction and noted that the UN has the ability to hold murders to account. the same year.
In December 1988, a resolution on Iran’s human rights record identified an upsurge in politically motivated executions, but was not followed up by any UN body.
“The inability of these bodies to act,” the experts wrote, “has had a devastating impact on survivors and families as well as the general human rights situation in Iran.” In other words, inaction gave Tehran a sense of impunity at the time, and the inaction that followed only reinforced that impunity.
Raisi’s presence at the United Nations General Assembly will be the biggest affirmation of this impunity to date. By allowing him to speak, the international community will turn a blind eye to three decades of accumulated knowledge about the massacre and Raisi’s role in it.
Geoffrey Robertson, a human rights lawyer from the United Kingdom, told the NCRI conference that countries which have ratified the Genocide Convention are obliged to take action against those implicated in such a crime .
This is what they can do, he explained, by applying the principle of universal jurisdiction in order to arrest and prosecute Raisi or any other known perpetrator whenever they set foot in the territory of a nation committed to the universal defense of human rights.
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