Ahead of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference next month, the spokesperson for the Iranian regime’s Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that the regime’s president, Ebrahim Raisi will not be attending the event in Glasgow, Scotland.
The spokesperson claimed that there were never any plans for Raisi to attend in the first place, despite previous reports that he would be attending.
Once it became evident that Raisi would likely attend the COP26, 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.
Raisi was heavily involved in the 1988 massacre in Iran, during which over 30,000 political prisoners were executed for being allied with the Iranian Resistance.
Speaking of the request for Raisi’s arrest, the Times newspaper reported that human rights campaigners, victims, and families of the victims of the regime’s crimes against humanity have called on Police Scotland to launch an investigation of Raisi under the powers of universal jurisdiction for his human rights abuses.
There have been amplifying calls for holding Raisi accountable for his role in the 1988 massacre, as well as the crimes he committed as the regime’s Judiciary Chief from 2019 to 2021, mainly during the major Iran protests.
Ongoing protests continue to take place across the world to call for the regime to be held accountable for its crimes. On October 9, the day before the 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty, a series of protest rallies were held in 21 cities across the United States, Canada, and 12 different European countries. In attendance were Iranian expats and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who all condemned the regime’s human rights violations and the increasing number of executions in Iran and called on the international community to hold Raisi and other regime officials accountable for their crimes against humanity.
The public hatred toward the regime of mass murderers is growing daily. While Raisi could hardly travel to a country where he would not be under scrutiny for his crimes against human rights, Iranians reject him wherever he goes.
Last Friday, Raisi made a visit to the Bushehr province in Iran in order to help find solutions to the problems faced in the region, however, despite reports from state media that he was warmly welcomed upon his arrival, instead he was met with protests and angry citizens.
Locals marched toward the airport, chanting ‘Justice is a lie’, as they projected their frustrations at the hollow promises that regime officials have been giving them.
Another trip Raisi made, this time to the province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad also resulted in protests upon his arrival. Locals blocked Raisi’s path as his car reached the Tang-e Sorkh region of Boyer Ahmad. According to the official IRNA News Agency, the locals were outraged and chanting angry slogans.
These protests show how Iranian people hate the regime. It also shows that Khamenei has failed in its ultimate goal of suppressing any voice of dissent by appointing Raisi as president and handpicking a cabinet of thieves and terrorists.