With the rise of Ebrahim Raisi to power in Iran, families and victims of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners are seeking justice and calling on the international community to end impunity and prosecute Raisi for ongoing crimes against humanity.
Dubbed, “the Butcher”, Raisi has functioned within the Judiciary in different positions, since its inception in 1979, when he was only 19 years old, with his latest post, serving as Iran’s Judiciary Chief before his inception as President.
But he is mostly recognized for his role in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, serving as one of the four members of the ‘death commission’ overlooking execution in Tehran.
“The greatest crime committed during the Islamic Republic, for which history will condemn us.”
– Montazeri, Khomeini’s heir-apparent addressing Tehran’s death commission
But Raisi’s crimes are not limited to the 1980s, as head of the Judiciary, Raisi presided over the crackdown on nationwide protests in November 2019 and oversaw the execution and torture of detainees in the aftermath.
Now, the families and victims of the 1988 massacre have launched an urgent call on the international community to prosecute Raisi for ongoing crimes against humanity.
Inaction will only embolden the regime in gross violations of human rights and crimes against humanity.
It’s on us to be their voice!
The Free Iran Team