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Unique-U.N. professional backs probe into Iran’s 1988 killings, Raisi’s position By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi speaks throughout a marketing campaign rally in Tehran, Iran June 15, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia Information Company) by way of REUTERS

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By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. investigator on human rights in Iran has referred to as for an impartial inquiry into allegations of state-ordered executions of 1000’s of political prisoners in 1988 and the position performed by President-elect Ebrahim Raisi as Tehran deputy prosecutor.

Javaid Rehman, in an interview with Reuters on Monday, mentioned that over time his workplace has gathered testimonies and proof. It was able to share them if the United Nations Human Rights Council or different physique units up an neutral investigation.

He mentioned he was involved at reviews that some “mass graves” are being destroyed as a part of a seamless cover-up.

“I believe it’s time and it is crucial now that Mr. Raisi is the president (-elect) that we begin investigating what occurred in 1988 and the position of people,” Rehman mentioned from London, the place he teaches Islamic regulation and worldwide regulation.

A probe was within the curiosity of Iran and will deliver closure to households, he mentioned, including: “In any other case we could have very critical issues about this president and the position, the reported position, he has performed traditionally in these executions.”

Raisi’s workplace couldn’t be reached for remark. The workplace of the spokesman of the Iranian judiciary was not instantly accessible to remark. Iran’s missions to the United Nations in in Geneva and New York didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Raisi, a hardline choose, is beneath U.S. sanctions over a previous that features what the USA and activists say was his involvement as one among 4 judges who oversaw the 1988 killings. Amnesty Worldwide has put the quantity executed at some 5,000, saying in a 2018 report that “the actual quantity might be greater”.

Raisi, when requested about allegations that he was concerned within the killings, informed reporters: “If a choose, a prosecutor has defended the safety of the individuals, he needs to be praised … I’m proud to have defended human rights in each place I’ve held to this point.”

Rehman mentioned: “We’ve made communications to the Islamic Republic of Iran as a result of now we have issues that there’s once more a coverage to really destroy the graves or there could also be some exercise to destroy proof of mass graves.”

“I’ll marketing campaign for justice to be finished,” he added.

In a press release, the Justice for Victims of the 1988 Bloodbath in Iran welcomed Rehman’s name, saying {that a} U.N. investigation into the extrajudicial executions was “lengthy overdue”.

ARRESTS, INTIMIDATION

Raisi succeeds Hassan Rouhani on Aug. 3, having secured victory this month in an election marked by voter apathy over financial hardships and political restrictions.

Rehman denounced what he referred to as “deliberate and manipulative methods adopted to exclude reasonable candidates and to make sure the success of a specific candidate”.

“There have been arrests, journalists had been stopped from asking particular questions concerning the background of the presidential candidate Mr Raisi and there was intimidation in direction of any points that had been raised about his earlier position and background.”

Iran has by no means acknowledged that mass executions befell beneath Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the revolutionary chief who died in 1989.

“The dimensions of executions that we hear indicate that it was part of a coverage that was being pursued…It was not only one individual,” Rehman mentioned.

He mentioned there had additionally been “no correct investigation” into the killing of protesters in Nov. 2019, the bloodiest political unrest because the 1979 Islamic revolution.

“Even by conservative estimates we will say that greater than 300 individuals had been killed arbitrarily, extrajudicially, and no person has been held accountable and no compensation,” he mentioned.

“There’s a widespread and systemic impunity within the nation for gross violations of human rights, each traditionally previously in addition to within the current.”