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Narges Mohammadi Criticizes UN's Memorial for Raisi

May 27, 2024
2 min read
Narges Mohammadi, the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has criticized the United Nations' planned memorial ceremony for Ebrahim Raisi, calling it "a commemoration of the executions and mass killings"
Narges Mohammadi, the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has criticized the United Nations' planned memorial ceremony for Ebrahim Raisi, calling it "a commemoration of the executions and mass killings"

Narges Mohammadi, the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has criticized the United Nations' planned memorial ceremony for Ebrahim Raisi, calling it "a commemoration of the executions and mass killings."

In a letter from Evin prison, she wrote, "When the governments of the world elevate a blatant human rights violator and butcher from Iran's history to a position of honor, as if mourning a peace-loving and democratic figure, they set a dangerous precedent. 

"This emboldens dictators, oppressors, torturers, and executioners worldwide.

"They see and are assured that upon their deaths, the UN flag will be at half-mast, and global politicians and statesmen will offer condolences, while the voices of helpless and oppressed protesters are stifled by the barriers of 'diplomatic relations' and 'state precedents.'

"By opening its doors to commemorate Raisi, the United Nations is effectively shutting the already fragile doors on its human rights foundations, a decision I deeply regret. 

"Without a doubt, we, the proud people of Iran, are well aware and witness that Raisi, both in the 1980s as a member of the 'Death Committee' that orchestrated the Khavaran massacres, and in recent years, when he was named president of the Islamic Republic with minimal elections and suppressed and killed protesters during the magnificent Mahsa uprising, stands as a criminal in the history of our land."

According to reports from Iranian news agencies, the United Nations General Assembly is set to hold a memorial ceremony in the coming days. 

The representative of Trinidad and Tobago at the United Nations, who is currently chairing the General Assembly, announced in a statement that this meeting will be held on May 30.

Shirin Ebadi, another Nobel Peace Prize laureate, also expressed her disapproval on Friday through an Instagram post announcing the memorial ceremony for Ebrahim Raisi. 

Ebadi wrote, "The case of the Islamic Republic is much darker and more shameful than it is possible to commemorate and honor its officials in a place where there is a trace of justice, fairness, and conscience."

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