June 24, 2021—In an online conference held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), human rights experts and jurists weighed in on the implications of Ebrahim Raisi becoming the Iranian regime’s president, and the role that the international community must play to hold the regime’s authorities to account for their crimes.
On June 19, the Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei selected Ebrahim Raisi as the regime’s new president. Raisi’s selection met international outrage, mostly due to Raisi’s direct role in the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners. During an online conference on Thursday, an international panel of human rights experts reviewed the outcome of Raisi’s presidency and the international community’s obligations.
Raisi was a member of the “Death Commission” responsible for deciding the fate of prisoners throughout Iran in short, kangaroo trials.
The Iranian regime’s sham presidential election met a nationwide boycott. According to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK), and based on reports of over 1,200 observers backed by more than 3,500 video clips from 400 cities, less than ten percent of Iran’s eligible voters actually cast their ballots.