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UN Official Calls for Human Rights Investigation into Iran President-Elect Raisi

The United Nations official tasked with investigating human rights in Iran is backing an independent probe into the role of Tehran’s new president-elect, Ebrahim Raisi, in mass state-ordered executions in 1988 when he was Tehran’s deputy prosecutor.

“I think it is time and it’s very important now that Mr. Raisi is the president [-elect] that we start investigating what happened in 1988 and the role of individuals,” Javaid Rehman, the third special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, told Reuters. “Otherwise we will have very serious concerns about this president and the role, the reported role, he has played historically in those executions.”

“We have made communications to the Islamic Republic of Iran because we have concerns that there is again a policy to actually destroy the graves, or there may be some activity to destroy evidence of mass graves,” Rehman said. “I will campaign for justice to be done.” (TOI / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you bring justice to those who deserve it.”