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Iranians to protest Raisi’s presence at Global Refugee Forum in Geneva


NCRI logoRaisi’s presence is an insult to human rights, the sacred right of asylum, a stain on the United Nations

The trip to Geneva to attend the Global Refugee Forum by Ebrahim Raisi, the president of the religious and belligerent fascism ruling Iran and responsible for the 1988 massacre, is an insult to human rights, the sacred right to asylum, and all the values for which contemporary humanity has sacrificed tens of millions of lives.

The presence of a member of the “death commission,” responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 at a UN forum is a stain in the history of the UN, perpetuates the culture of impunity, and only emboldens the Iranian regime to further massacre the Iranian people.

Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) will hold a demonstration on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, in Geneva to condemn and protest the presence of Raisi in Geneva and demand his arrest and prosecution.

Raisi, along with the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, no doubt heads the list of those who have continuously been involved in crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes in the past four decades.

He attends this forum at a time when millions of Iranian political refugees have been forced to leave Iran due to imprisonment, torture, and execution. Iranians are among the largest number of political refugees in the world today because of 120,000 political executions and the mass killing of innocent protesters inside Iran.

International organizations and UN special rapporteurs have condemned the extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances in 1988 as ongoing crimes against humanity and called for a comprehensive international investigation into Raisi’s role in this massacre. Last summer, 3,600 parliamentarians, 124 former presidents and prime ministers, and 75 Nobel Prize Laureates demanded that the leaders of the clerical regime be brought to justice for crimes against humanity.

In their uprisings, especially in 2009, 2017, 2019, and 2022, the people of Iran demonstrated their resolve to overthrow this regime, which does not represent the Iranian people in any way and continues to rule only with brutal suppression, terrorism, and warmongering. Since October 7, 2023, and the launching of a bloody war in the Middle East region, this regime has executed at least 215 prisoners.

Instead of attending a United Nations forum in Geneva, Raisi should be prosecuted and punished for four decades of crime against humanity and genocide.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

December 9, 2023