I have sent a formal request to Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, officer in command of Police Scotland, to mount a criminal investigation under universal jurisdiction into accusations of alleged genocide and crimes against humanity by Ebrahim Raisi, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In an official request, a former Scottish MP, along with the families of five political prisoners executed in Iran, called on the country’s police to detain the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi if travels to Glasgow to attend a climate change summit.
Before talking about the role played by Ebrahim Raisi, the newly elected Iranian president, in the 1988 massacre, and the major violations of human rights that were and are being committed in Iran, I would like to take a cursory look at how the Islamic Republic was established and the fatwa issued by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini according to which this wave of political executions was carried out
Thirty-three years after the mass executions of political prisoners in Iran, one of the few survivors of the atrocities has given a chilling eyewitness account of what took place in the summer of 1988.
Four hundred prominent American Iranian have written to President Joe Biden on September 14 asking him to take a clear stance regarding the human rights record of the new Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi) as well as come up with a roadmap to counter “Iranian regime’s malign and dangerous expansion of its terrorism globally”.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted, in the report on human rights in Iran that he presented to the United Nations General Assembly, the consistent lack of accountability of the Iranian regime regarding the 1988 massacre.
Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative and mid-ranking cleric, was inaugurated as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran on August 5. His election in June was a foregone conclusion as the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, breached conventions to pave the way for the ascendance of his acolyte.
1,000 political prisoners and witnesses of torture in Iran’s prisons took part in a conference, that coincides with the 1988 Massacre’s 33rd anniversary, to demand that the officials of the Iranian regime should be prosecuted for their involvement in the mass murders of political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
The Iranian regime has a history of cracking down on its opponents. Incommunicado detentions, arbitrary abductions, summary executions, torture and enforced disappearances are among practices commonly used against opponents.
Imagine your family losing several members to execution by the government because of their political beliefs. In Iran, this is the situation that existed in 1988 and continues for many Iranians today. For decades, there has been no accountability for those who perpetrate these crimes, allowing them to continue their crimes without any consequences.
In June 2021, in a presidential election that was neither free nor fair, and that most Iranians boycotted, Ebrahim Raisi became the eighth President of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). Raisi is implicated in the killings of more than 5,000 political prisoners in Iran’s jails in the summer of 1988, including my brother Bijan Bazargan.