UN calls for investigation of Iranian president’s role in mass executions

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran Javid Rehman supported an independent investigation into the role of newly elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in the 1988 mass executions when he was deputy prosecutor.

“I think the time has come, and now that Mr. Raisi is president, we have to start investigating what happened in 1988 and the role of individuals. Otherwise we will have very serious concerns about this president and the role he played historically in these executions,” Rehman said.

The U.N. representative continued: “We have contacted the Islamic Republic of Iran because we have concerns that there is again a policy of actually destroying graves or that there may be some action to destroy evidence of mass graves.”