The European Union special envoy, Enrique Mora traveled to Iran on October 14 to meet with Iranian officials to coordinate talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the concerns raised by the international community at a recent meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding Iran’s brutal human rights abuses and increasing executions since Ebrahim Raisi’s rise to the presidency.
The spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Mora’s trip “follows consultations between the two sides on issues of mutual interest, including relations between Iran and the Union, Afghanistan and the nuclear accord.”
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), “According to credible reports, at least 125 people have been executed in Iran since Ebrahim Raisi was installed as president, three months ago. That number is more than double the number of executions in the previous quarter.”
On October 11, Amnesty International showed their concern over the proposed execution of Arman Abdolali, who at the time of being arrested for his alleged crime was under the age of 18.
Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Diana Eltahawy expressed that the use of the death penalty for people who were under the age of 18 when the crime was committed is prohibited under international law.
During a press conference held on October 13 by the Iranian Resistance, it was announced that a lawsuit against Raisi has been filed in Scotland for his role in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, in order to hold him accountable for his crimes against humanity.
This announcement comes after it was announced that Raisi will not be attending the United Nations COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow next month.
The NCRI said, “The Iranian regime’s victims and a former MEP, Struan Stevenson, made a formal request for Raisi’s arrests. This formal request was made due to Raisi’s dark history of human rights violations.”
The Times newspaper reported that the requests for Raisi’s arrest were forwarded to Police Scotland, urging them to open an investigation into Raisi’s criminal history under the concept of universal jurisdiction. They said, “It means that human rights violators of any nationality can be charged in any country, regardless of where the crimes were committed.”
Mora’s visit to Iran, regardless of the reason for the trip, is nothing short of an insult for the Iranian people who have had to suffer under the brutal rule of repression and punishment. The trip will likely give the wrong message to Tehran that they are safe to continue with their malign activities and crimes against humanity without the fear of being apprehended. The Iranian people, both domestically and abroad, were already outraged at Mora’s previous visit to Tehran in August for Raisi’s inauguration.
The NCRI said, “It is time for the European Union and its member states to be on the right side and refer the case of the 1988 massacre and human rights abuses in Iran to the UN Security Council so that the leaders of this regime can be prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity.”