In protest to the virtual speech of Iranians regime president, Ebrahim Raisi, in the UN General Assembly, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held manifestations in 13 cities across Europe and the US. Iranians gathered in front of the UN headquarter in NewYork and in front of the EU commission in Brussels to express their outrage about the speech of Iranian regime president, although via a video conference, in the UN General Asssembly.
Ebrahim Raisi’s dossier of human rights violationd and his role in the mass executions in summer of 1988, when 30,000 political prisoners, mainly affiliated to MEK/PMOI were executed in extrajudicial trials formed by infamous “death commissions”, escalated Iran-US/EU tensions.
Although, US and EU countries are looking for bypass to reinitiate stalled nuclear negotiations, it seems difficult for western leaders to approach themselves to Ebrahim Raisi. Legitimizing the new president in Iran with international negotiations is not in the favor of Iranian people and their resistance as they have called for the prosecution of Ebrahim Raisi and the formation of international investigation committee about the committed crimes during the 1988 massacre.
In addition, the trial of Hamid Noury in Stockholm has become an spotlight on the 1988 massacre where Ebrahim Raisi’s name has been repeatedly raised by the witnesses and also by the Swedish prosecutor. Iranian state-run media also pointed out about the virtual presence of Raisi in this year General Assembly as a weakening point for his government as he might be afraid to join UN General Assembly due to the increasing activities of the Iranian opposition justice movement which has been initiated in 2015 with the clear demands by Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Yesterday, 20 September 2021, in a conference held by the Iranian American Community in NY, Maryam Rajavi and several US personalities, including Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State during president Trump office call on the world to condemn the clerical regime’s brutal and systematic violation of human rights in Iran. “The continuation and expansion of political and economic ties with this regime must be predicated on the improvement of the human rights situation and an end to executions and torture in Iran. We urge the international community, particularly Sweden and the European Union, to recognize the massacre of political prisoners as genocide and a crime against humanity. We call on them to take the necessary steps to refer this case to the UN Security Council and end the impunity for, and bring to justice those responsible for this major crime, especially Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi.” Added Maryam Rajavi.
Secretary Pompeo also described Ebrahim Raisi and Khamenei as criminals who have the blood of thousands of Iranians on their hands and it is the best time for the UN to prosecute them.
Iranians who joined the demonstrations across the globe has a clear demand to international institutions which is to recognize the right of the Iranian people, the Iranian Resistance, and the Iranian protesters to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and establish a democratically elected republic based on the separation of religion and state, as it has been declared in Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for a free Iran.
The General Assembly has just started and it seems to be a difficult period for the Iranian regime. Iran has failed to convince western countries about the peaceful nature of their nuclear program, although President Biden and EU have put a lot of effort to revive JCPOA. However, a few hours after the comment by French minister of foreign affairs about the talks with the Iranian regime, Joseph Borrel the high representative of EU for foreign affairs declared that there will not be any meetings between EU and the Iranian regime delegation in the UN summit in this week.
Simultaneous with Ebrahim Raisi’s speech in the UN General Assembly, Iranians, supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran call to Prosecute Ebrahim Raisi for his crimes against humanity in Brussels and 12 other cities around the world. In Brussels, 50 protesters gathered in front of the EU Commission in Schuman Square.
NCRI supporters in Brussels holds the picture of Maryam Rajavi, NCRI president-elect, who calls UN to establish international investigation committees about the 1988 massacre in Iran and prosecute perpetrators of this crime.
Paolo Casaca – Former MEP
Raziyeh Parandaqu – Association of Families of Martyrs of the 1988 Massacre in Iran
Dr. Masoud Kashefi – Iranian Physician in Belgium, NCRI supporter