- PPI Web Desk
New York: Yesterday, in a rather alarming announcement, Iran declared Ebrahim Raisi, a man accused of murder, torture, enforced disappearances and various crimes against humanity as its next president.
Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General said, that instead of being investigated for his crimes, he has been promoted to the presidency.
According to reports from Amnesty International from 2018, Raisi was a member of the ‘death commission’, which secretly kidnapped and extrajudicial executed a thousand of regime critics in Tehran’s prison Evin and Gohardsht in 1988. Iranian authorities concealed all information about the circumstances of the victims fate and whereabouts of the bodies, adding to the continues crimes against humanity.
Before joining politics, Ebrahimi Raisi was the Head of the Iranian Judiciary, responsible for a rapid crackdown on human rights by detaining hundreds of peaceful regime critics, members of minority groups and defenders of human rights, making many disappear. He also covered up crimes committed by security forces and government officials, granting them impunity. These people killed hundreds of women, men and children, arrested thousands of peaceful protesters, subjecting them to torture and other ill-treatment during and after the nationwide protests held in November 2019.
The electoral process which made Raisi become president was conducted under a highly suppressed environment and subdued members of opposition and religious minorities, women from contesting in the election.
Amnesty International continues to call for investigation against Raisi’s involvement in previous and present crimes under the international law.
Agnès Callamard said “It is now more urgent than ever for member states of the UN Human Rights Council to take concrete steps to address the crisis of systematic impunity in Iran including by establishing an impartial mechanism to collect and analyze evidence of the most serious crimes under international law committed in Iran to facilitate fair and independent criminal proceedings.”