Raisi, the Butcher of Iran, participated in killing 30,000 political prisoners in Iran

Memorial for Iran’s Raisi Betrays the Core Principles of the United Nations

Irene Victoria Massimino, Originally published in Townhall, May 29, 2024

Article 1 of the United Nations Charter states that a core purpose of the institution is to “achieve international co-operation… in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms.” However, in a shameful and appalling gesture, the UN is planning an internal ceremony on Thursday, May 30, that contradicts the very core mission established in the aforementioned provision.

After observing a moment of silence and lowering its flag to half-mast “as a mark of respect for the passing of His Excellency Mr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the UN now plans to hold a full-fledged memorial service for a man known to countless Iranians as “the butcher of Tehran.”

Let us remember that in 1988, the then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa declaring that opposition to the theocratic system constituted “enmity against God,” punishable by death. At the time, Ebrahim Raisi, serving as Deputy Tehran Prosecutor, was appointed to the “death commission” tasked with enforcing this fatwa in Evin and Gohardasht Prisons. Along with three colleagues, he systematically interrogated political prisoners, particularly those affiliated with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and issued execution orders in as little as one minute.

Survivors of the ensuing massacre have testified that Raisi assumed the leading role in those proceedings, sometimes even overriding fellow judges to impose death sentences when they would have otherwise allowed the prisoner to go free after completion of his or her previously assigned prison term. In this sense, the late Iranian president may have been personally responsible for the largest number of executions ordered by the death commission overseeing the largest population of political prisoners. READ MORE

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