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Amnesty International released a statement about the death of Raisi

2024.05.23, 16:05
Amnesty International released a statement about the death of Raisi

The death of President Ebrahim Raisi must not deny people in Iran their right to justice, truth, and reparation for the litany of crimes under international law and human rights violations committed since the 1980s during his time in the echelons of power.

Ebrahim Raisi, who at the age of 20 was appointed as Prosecutor General of Karaj, Alborz Province, in 1980, quickly rose through the ranks to assume various senior judicial and executive positions, before becoming president in 2021. Over the past 44 years, he has been directly involved in or oversaw the enforced disappearance and extrajudicial executions of thousands of political dissidents in the 1980s; the unlawful killing, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture of thousands of protesters; and the violent persecution of women and girls defying compulsory veiling, among other serious human rights violations.
“Ebrahim Raisi should have been criminally investigated, including for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance, and torture, while he was alive. His death must not rob his victims and their families of their right to truth and to see all others complicit in his crimes held to account,” said Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“For decades, perpetrators bearing criminal responsibility have enjoyed the systematic impunity that prevails in Iran. The international community must act now to establish pathways to accountability for victims of crimes under international law and other serious human rights violations committed by Ebrahim Raisi and other Iranian officials.”

In 1988, Ebrahim Raisi was a member of the “death commission,” which carried out the ongoing enforced disappearance and extrajudicial executions of several thousand political dissidents in Evin prison in Tehran and Gohardasht prison in Alborz province between late July and early September 1988. Since then, survivors and victims’ families have been cruelly denied truth, justice, and reparation for decades and have faced persecution for seeking accountability.

In May 2018, Ebrahim Raisi publicly defended the mass killings, describing the massacres as “one of the proud achievements of the system.”

In a November 2018 report, Amnesty International called for Ebrahim Raisi to be criminally investigated for the ongoing crimes against humanity of enforced disappearance, persecution, torture, and other inhumane acts, including by systematically concealing the fate of the victims and the whereabouts of their remains.




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