Right Groups Call For Iran President-Elect To Be Investigated For Crimes Against Humanity Hours After Election Victory

KEY POINTS

  • Human rights groups have come out to call for Iran president-elect Ebrahim Raisi to be investigated for crimes against humanity. 
  • Rights group wants Raisi - a hardline judiciary former chief, investigated for murder, enforced disappearance and torture.
  • Raisi is currently under United States sanctions over human rights abuses.

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Amnesty International has called for Iran president-elect Ebrahim Raisi to be investigated for murder, enforced disappearance and torture.

Raisi, who is currently under US sanctions over human rights abuses, won shambolic June 18th election which saw the lowest turnout in Iran’s history.

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The hardline Iran president-elect won 61.95% of the vote in Friday’s election on a voter turnout of 48.8%.

The Iranian presidential election was more of a coronation than a democratic process as Raisi’s strongest competition found themselves disqualified from running.

Raisi’s election marks a consolidation of power by the conservative and hardline camp, which already controls the parliament and will likely have a replacement for the judiciary as well.

The Iran president-elect will take office in August, replacing moderate President Hassan Rouhani who retires after two terms in office.

Raisi will remain the country’s Chief Justice until he takes over from Rouhani in early August as he did not resign from his post to run for president.

He will become the first Iranian president to have been targeted by US sanctions, imposed in 2019 over his alleged role in the mass executions and for cracking down on public protests.

Raisi will take power at a critical time, as Iran seeks to salvage its tattered nuclear deal with major global powers and free itself from crippling US sanctions that have driven a sharp economic downturn.

Amnesty International has called for Raisi to face charges of crimes against humanity following his election victory.

The rights group wants the Iran president-elect investigated for murder, enforced disappearance and torture.

Amnesty’s head of human rights group – Agnes Callamard called for Raisi to be investigated in a series of tweets.

“The outcome of #Iran “election” was predictable. But nevertheless, that #EbrahimRaisi 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,” she tweeted.

Adding that;

“In 2018, @amnesty documented how Ebrahim Raisi had been a member of the ‘death commission’ which forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret thousands of political dissidents in Evin and Gohardasht prisons near Tehran in 1988.”

“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.”

“As Head of the Iranian Judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi has presided over a spiralling crackdown on human rights which has seen hundreds of peaceful dissidents, human rights defenders and members of persecuted minority groups arbitrarily detained.”

Human Rights Watch (HRW) deputy Middle East director Michael Page said Raisi’s path to presidency was through repression and an unfair election.

“As head of Iran’s repressive judiciary, Raisi oversaw some of the most heinous crimes in Iran’s recent history, which deserve investigation and accountability rather than election to high office,” Michael Page said in a statement.

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