New Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is about to deal with the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, and dissidents calling for a free and secular Iran are urging the worldwide group to not let the prospect to place pressure on the despot go them by – and are calling for him to be prosecuted.

Raisi, a hardline former judiciary chief tied to mass executions of dissidents contained in the 1980’s, was elected earlier this yr in an election dogged by low turnout and accusations of rigging by the ayatollah. 


Sept. 21, 2021: A protest outside the U.N. against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. (OIAC)

Sept. 21, 2021: A protest exterior the U.N. in opposition to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. (OIAC)

Raisi had been sanctioned by the Treasury Department in 2019, citing evaluations that, beneath Raisi, the judiciary had permitted the execution of kid offenders and arrested approved professionals for defending political prisoners and human rights defenders.

Dissidents have zeroed in on his function in a “death commission” that ordered the executions of an entire bunch of political prisoners in 1988. Estimates for what number of have been killed differ from 5,000 to 30,000.

The Biden administration has promised to carry the regime accountable for human rights abuses, nonetheless dissidents have been dismayed by the shortage of motion from the U.N. considerably on the matter.

In a letter to President Biden, forward of his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, bigger than 400 Iranian-American school college students urged the president to call for Raisi to face trial prior to a world tribunal for his function contained in the 1988 mass execution of dissidents.

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“Furthermore, we kindly ask that you echo, in your own address to the Assembly, the Iranian people’s rejection of the Iranian regime, as evident in the unprecedented boycott of Iran’s sham election, and the nationwide and continued uprisings of the Iranian people who seek a democratic, secular and nonnuclear Republic of Iran,” they’re saying contained in the letter, obtained by Fox.

That was joined by an equal call from bigger than 160 former political prisoners and their relations to Biden, who urged the administration to carry Raisi accountable. 

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. on Monday, the Organization of Iranian-American Communities held a convention to make comparable calls. Speakers included former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who educated attendees that he stood with them of their set off to have Raisi prosecuted at a tribunal.

“He should be prosecuted, not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but we should prosecute him now,” he acknowledged to applause.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, dissidents have been rallying exterior the U.N. General Assembly in New York City to induce the physique and the worldwide group to behave in opposition to Raisi.


The State Department has condemned the election of Raisi, calling it “pre-manufactured” and has promised to carry him accountable.

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“We will continue to hold the relevant Iranians accountable for the human rights abuses that take place under their jurisdiction or on their watch,” Spokesman Ned Price acknowledged over the summer season season. “The new president will be accountable for gross violations of human rights on his watch going forward.”


But pressure on Raisi is being balanced with ongoing talks to carry as soon as extra each the U.S. and Iran to the Iran nuclear deal, from which the U.S. departed in 2018. Raisi acknowledged shortly after being elected that he wouldn’t meet with President Biden, a minimal of till sanctions have been eradicated.

However, a bipartisan consensus has emerged on the problem of a free Iran in Washington, marking a peculiar diversion from the sometimes partisan cut back up in Congress.

In July, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Kevin McCarthy, Rick Scott and Thom Tillis, alongside Democrat Sens. Cory Booker, Bob Menendez and Maggie Hassan all took half contained in the “Free Iran World Summit” — which commonly known as for a free Iran.