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Iranian-American Experts Urge President Biden to Hold Raisi Accountable For Crimes Against Humanity

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Over 400 prominent Iranian-Americans urged the United States President Joe Biden to condemn the Iranian regime’s new president Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity.  

This open letter was sent to President Biden by the Iranian Professionals’ Ad Hoc Committee on Iran Policy, underlining that Raisi does not represent the Iranian people. This letter was published on the eve of Raisi’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly on September 20.  

The signatories of this letter underlined, “We expect that your administration would take the lead at the UN to establish an international investigation to hold Raisi accountable for crimes against humanity. This is an important step for the U.S. to make human rights and democracy a central element of its policy on Iran.” 

The signatories of this letter mainly highlighted Raisi’s role in the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, which has been described as a “crimes against humanity,” and “genocide” by many legal and human rights experts.   

“The Iranian-American scientists and professionals are deeply concerned about the suffering of the Iranian people under the brutal ruling regime in Iran.  We are deeply troubled that Ebrahim Raisi who is responsible for illegal imprisonment, torture, and murderous execution of as many as 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 and many thousands since then, is addressing the UN General Assembly while the Iranian people have already rejected him,” Professor Kazem Kazerounian, one of the organizers of the letter and coordinator of the Iranian Professionals’ Ad Hoc Committee on Iran Policy underlined.  

The co-signers of this letter urged President Biden to highlight in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the views reflected by a large bi-partisan voice in U.S. Congress, U.N. experts, and the Amnesty International that Raisi stands trial before international tribunals for crimes against humanity.  

Raisi, Butcher of 1988 Massacre in Iran

The co-signers of this letter also highlighted the Iranian people’s rejection of the regime’s in its entirety, which manifested during the nationwide boycott of the regime’s sham presidential election on June 19, and two major Iran protests in 2018 and November 2019.   

They also highlighted that “As Iranian-American scientists and professionals who are deeply concerned about the suffering of the Iranian people under the brutal ruling regime in Iran.”  

The letter of 400 Iranian-American professionals also referred to Amnesty International’s statement on June 19 in reaction to Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency.  “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran,” Amnesty’s statement reads in a part.  

 The full text of the letter:‌

September 14th, 2021

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

CC: The Honorable U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
The Honorable Members of the US Senate
The Honorable Members of the US House of Representatives
The Honorable UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Dear Mr. President,
The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will open on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. In this assembly, Ebrahim Raisi the president of the cleric regime ruling Iran is expected to address world leaders. We write with dire concern to ask for your administration’s strong and immediate actions to reflect that Raisi does not represent the people of Iran.

We trust that you would highlight, in your own address to the UNGA, the views reflected by a large bi-partisan voice in U.S. Congress, U.N. experts, and the Amnesty International that Ebrahim Raisi should stand trial before international tribunals for crimes against humanity, for his key role in the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners in Iran.
Furthermore, we kindly ask that you echo, in your own address to the Assembly, the Iranian people’s rejection of the Iranian regime, as evident in unprecedented boycott of Iran’s sham elections, and the nationwide and continued uprisings of the Iranian people who seek a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear Republic of Iran.
Certainly, your words will need to be followed by your administration’s impactful actions directed towards blocking Iranian regime’s violation of human rights, and their export of terrorism in the region and beyond.

On the day when the outcome of the sham Iranian presidential elections was announced (June 19, 2021), Amnesty International stated: “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance, and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran.” In 2018, Amnesty International documented how “Ebrahim Raisi had been a member of the ‘death commission’ which forcibly disappeared and executed in secret thousands of political dissidents in Evin and Gohardasht prisons near Tehran in 1988. Amnesty had stated that “the majority of the victims were affiliated with the PMOI [the main Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, also known as MEK/PMOI], adding, “the circumstances surrounding the fate of the victims and the whereabouts of their bodies are, to this day, systematically concealed by the Iranian authorities, amounting to ongoing crimes against humanity.”

Amnesty International’s statement further included that: “As Head of the Iranian Judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi has presided over a spiraling crackdown on human rights which has seen hundreds of peaceful dissidents, human rights defenders and members of persecuted minority groups arbitrarily detained. Under his watch, the judiciary has also granted blanket impunity to government officials and security forces responsible for unlawfully killing hundreds of men, women, and children and subjecting thousands of protesters to mass arrests and at least hundreds to enforced disappearance, and torture, and other ill-treatment during and in the aftermath of the nationwide protests of November 2019.”
As Iranian-American scientists and professionals who are deeply concerned about the suffering of the Iranian people under the brutal ruling regime in Iran, we believe Amnesty International’s report only scratches the surface of the crimes the Iranian rulers have perpetrated against the people of Iran, as well as the countries in the region. There is an abundant of evidence that Ebrahim Raisi is responsible for illegal imprisonment, torture, and murderous execution of as many as 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 and many thousands since then. Hamid Nouri – a deputy prosecutor in the Gohardasht prison, and a subordinate to Raisi’s death commission, was arrested and is currently undergoing trial in Sweden for crimes against humanity. Allowing Raisi to address the UN Assembly will be an insult to humanity and in particular to the family members of his victims, as well as the values that this country was founded on.

We, respectfully request that your administration take note of 250 bi-partisan House members who co-sponsored, H.Res. 118, which stated, “the United States should be involved in the establishment of an international investigation into the 1988 extrajudicial killings of Iranian dissidents.” We expect that your administration would take the lead at the UN to establish an international investigation to hold Raisi accountable for crimes against humanity. This is an important step for the U.S. to make human rights and democracy a central element of its policy on Iran.

Furthermore, we ask that your administration develop and implement decisive policies and roadmaps that side with the Iranian people and their legitimate desire for a free, secular, and democratic republic, and will end Iranian regime’s malign and dangerous expansion of its terrorism globally, and destabilizing activities in the region.
Most respectfully,

(Signed by 407 Iranian American Scientists, Professors, Physicians, and Professionals)

The original letter:

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