Even as Amnesty International and Western governments have strongly condemned Iran’s violation of human rights, the Iranian regime’s representative at the review session of the United Nations for Regime’s Leaders
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) November 9, 2019
Larijani represents a regime that is the world’s worst human rights violator and which has executed over 120,000 people and imprisoned and tortured many more. In the summer of 1988 alone, based on a religious decree by Khomeini, over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members, and supporters of the MEK were executed in just a few months.
In July 2019, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the regime’s former Minister of Justice and a member of the 1988 “Death Commissions” defended the horrendous 1988 massacre as “execution of terrorists.” In the same month, Amnesty International released a statement regarding Pourmohammadi’s remarks, which in part read:
“Recent statements by Mostafa Pourmohammadi, advisor to Iran’s head of the judiciary and a former minister of justice, defending the mass extrajudicial executions of 1988 provide shocking confirmation of the authorities’ wilful flouting of international human rights law both at the time and now and a stark reminder of the sense of impunity that senior officials linked to the killings enjoy, Amnesty International said today. The organization is particularly concerned about comments by Mostafa Pourmohammadi accusing those advocating for truth and accountability of ‘terrorism’ and ‘collusion’ with Iran’s geopolitical enemies, and warning that they shall face prosecution…Current and former Iranian officials must not be allowed to shield themselves from accountability for the mass extrajudicial executions through campaigns of disinformation and threats of reprisals against anyone looking to shed light on them.”
In his speech to Thursday’s session in Geneva, Larijani questioned Western governments on why they have accepted MEK members in their countries. Translated into the mullahs’ lexicon, he was asking why Western governments have not hanged the MEK members in public like the “largest democracy in Western Asia” and why they are respecting their rights.
Moreover, the Iranian regime took another unprecedented and disgraceful step to present an “exhibition of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s achievements in the field of human rights” at the Human Rights Council.
Morgan Ortagus, the spokeswoman for the US State Department, responded to this act in a tweet: “A new human rights exhibition from the folks who brought you repression of women, execution of children, religious intolerance, and a crime against humanity too long to list. Astonishingly, this shameless hypocrisy by one of the world’s worst human rights abusers is not a joke.”
A new human rights exhibition from the folks who brought you repression of women, execution of children, religious intolerance, and crimes against humanity too long to list. Astonishingly, this shameless hypocrisy by one of the world’s worst human rights abusers is not a joke. pic.twitter.com/LsIhZ3vWFr
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) November 8, 2019