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Ebrahim Raisi does not represent the Iranian people and he must face justice

Ebrahim Raisi, 1988 massacre, Un General Assembly, PMOI

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Ebrahim Raisi does not represent the Iranian people and he must face justice

On September 20, 2021, a conference titled ‘Support a Free Iran; Call on the US to Hold Ebrahim Raisi Accountable for the 1988 Massacre’ was held in Washington DC, which was attended by a number of US lawmakers, from the Democratic and Republican parties.

In this conference, Maryam Rajavi urged to hold Ebrahim Raisi accountable for the 1988 massacre. She said: You have come together at the same time of the meeting of the UN General Assembly to convey the desire of the Iranian people for freedom, and to say that Ebrahim Raisi is a mass murderer. He does not represent the Iranian people and must face justice.

You are conveying the message of tens of millions of arisen Iranians who are united in calling for the overthrow of religious fascism.

About 435,000 people have lost their lives during the pandemic because of Khamenei’s criminal policies, such as refusing to buy vaccine from the US and the UK.

Beset by many crises, Khamenei has selected the henchman of the 1988 massacre, Ebrahim Raisi as the regime’s president.

Raisi was a member of the Death Commission in Tehran, implementing Khomeini’s fatwa by executing supporters of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran, who remained steadfast in their beliefs. 30,000 were massacred, 90 percent members or supporters of the PMOI. 

Raisi has appointed a collection of murderers, revolutionary guards and terrorists to his cabinet.

His Interior Minister was a former commander of the terrorist Quds Force.

His Foreign Minister was an assistant to the regime’s terror master Qassem Soleimani.

His vice president was the commander-in-chief of the IRGC.

With such a criminal band, Khamenei seeks to prevent public protests, and to speed up his nuclear weapons project.

Today, inflation is above 50 percent. A large portion of the middle class has been pushed below the poverty line, and millions of people have lost their jobs over the past two years.

Iran has seen six nationwide uprisings since December 2017.

Under such crushing pressures, the mullahs are stepping up repression at home and their aggressive policies in the region.

They have mobilized all their resources to obtain nuclear weapons. The regime has adopted a policy of blackmail to deter the international community and buy time to advance its nuclear project.

The international community must adopt a firm policy on Iran, something that meets the desire of the Iranian people and is vital to regional and global peace and tranquility.

The mullahs’ nuclear and missile projects and their export of terrorism and war to the region are all part of the same policy that rests on human rights abuses.

We urge the United States, the European Union, and its member states to refer the dossier of human rights violations in Iran to the UN Security Council. Such a measure will enable the UN to arrange for the international prosecution of Khamenei, Raisi, and other regime leaders for committing four decades of crimes against humanity and genocide.

We want the world to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the regime. We want them to acknowledge their right to establish freedom and democracy and a republic based on the separation of religion and state.

The clerical regime in Iran is at its weakest point. Raisi will achieve nothing for the regime by drone and missile attacks, by speeding up the nuclear program, and by escalating repression at home.

The people of Iran will no doubt overthrow the regime through their uprisings and their great army of freedom.

In the conference, Michael R. Pompeo, former Secretary of State, a champion human rights defender and a noble individual who back in 2005 fought in my defense who I was falsely charged with sedition, treason and blasphemy by an Islamist coalition government of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh, said: I want each of you to know today that I join with you in your cause! … I support a free Iran! Bless you for staying in the fight.

Ebrahim Raisi should be prosecuted; not tomorrow; not next week; not next year.  Prosecute him now.

Make no mistake. Ebrahim Raisi, himself, is personally responsible for the mass execution of thousands of Iranian political prisoners…The bodies of these brave men and women were dumped in unmarked graves.

I know there are those in the audience who have family that were killed in Raisi’s massacre.  Too, some of you have loved one and friends currently imprisoned, in Evin and elsewhere in Iran, and, some, who have had loved ones simply disappeared or worse.  We will never forget any of them and will pray for you and each of them.

It is only those who are resisting, both inside and out, who provide the hope for Iran.  That is why this gathering and the work you do today is so important.

Protests spurred by water shortages erupted in over half of the country’s provinces and protests have taken place in Ahvaz, in Tabriz, in Tehran, an in Isfahan, and other cities all across Iran. These protestors, these amazing freedom-loving people have shown considerable resilience and bravery in resisting the regime.

Iran will never return to rule by a dictatorial Shah or theocratic regime.

The central fight is the one in the streets, and in the mosques and in the minds of the Iranian people – it is the divide between the people and the organized opposition seeking freedom and democracy on one side, and the entirety of the regime on the other.

The leaders in Iran seek not only to dominate their own country and their own people, but capitals from Baghdad to Tehran and from Damascus to Beirut and to Sanaa.  All for the petty desire to maintain their grip on power.

And world leaders, I hope you are listening, should band together to reject Raisi; each of you, each of you should reject Raisi. You should refuse to engage with him, to acknowledge him as a democratically elected president by the people—since he was no such thing.  A good place to start would be by this week at the United Nations General Assembly, not too far from where we are all sitting, holding Raisi accountable for his crimes against the people of Iran. It’s possible to do.

But here is the good news. The resistance forces in Iran, these noble Iranian patriots, are as strong as they have ever been and they provide optimism for everyone around them who supports them. You do that too.

Even the regime admitted for the first time in 40 years that the majority of Iranian people stayed away from the ballot box.  It was, in fact, a boycott of the regime…This boycott is evidence that the Iranian people pin no hope on elections as a conduit for substantive change.

So, how do we all move forward together? What is the path that we move down to?

The regime is at its weakest point in its now 40 plus years of existence. 

Iranians from every corner of the nation are seeing with their own eyes, the failure of the regime to deliver on the very promises that it made.

The … United States must lead the world, starting today, on this occasion, to hold him accountable for crimes against humanity that he committed Any dealings with Raisi, would be tantamount to dealing with a mass murderer. This is not only immoral but counterproductive. All of us should make this crystal clear to our allies in Europe and Asia as well and hold them accountable if they deal with this man that sent thousands of his country to execution in 1988.

There is not far from here, think tanks and salons and some of the nicer parties where there is this idea that there is no solution if the regime is overthrown.  The Ayatollah – and many will tell you that you are better off with the devil you know. The Iranian people don’t believe that for a second because it is fundamentally untrue.  There are many paths forward and all of them are better for the Iranian people than the status quo.

And preparing, as we are doing, preparing the transition to a New Iran is a task for today.  We should start by securing the humanitarian well-being of the Iranian people as they make this transition.  Over the years, it has been demonstrated that the Iranian culture makes toppling governments a part of the national spirit. You should know that nearly 100% of ordinary Iranians believe the regime’s days are numbered. I believe that too.

I pray that the United States will not increase the resources the Ayatollah has at his disposal to do empower the theocracy.  Engagement with the regime will lengthen the time that Iran and the regime has to behave as it has for these past decades denying basic human dignity.

We must continue to support the Iranian people as they fight for a freer and more democratic Iran in any way that they can. There is so much good work to do and you all are doing today.

In the end the Iranian people will have a secular, democratic, non-nuclear Republic. I pray that this day will come soon.  It is a such a joy to be will you all today. I pray that these days will come soon with the Iranian people with the support of Iranians living all around the world – and those who resist from within, they are noble people, — that day will come sooner.  I am committed to this cause; I know you everyone in this room is as well.  May your mission be blessed and the Iranian people protected and provided for always.  It is a hopeful time, a deeply hopeful time, and a time to redouble our efforts.

While Mike Pompeo has categorically called upon the United States in leading the world to hold a mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi accountable for crimes against humanity that he committed in 1988 and in earlier and later years – in my opinion, Joe Biden and his entire administration is busy in appeasing Iranian regime in multiple ways, which is pushing the Middle Eastern nations including Israel as well as other countries in the world, including the US into gravest security threats.

Ebrahim Raisi and members of his government truly are evils and monsters. They do not deserve minimal support or sympathy from any individual or government in the world. Instead, anyone appeasing Ebrahim Raisi and the illegal Iranian regime should be held responsible for patronizing a cruel and evil Islamist regime in Iran. Most importantly, this regime does not represent the Iranian people. World leaders need to take stern action against the Iranian regime in unison, while they also need to extend fullest support to the pro-democracy and anti-regime Iranian people.

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An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research-scholar, counter-terrorism specialist, and editor of Blitz. Follow his on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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