Shame on Raisi but shame on us if we let it!


M. Parvin

June 22, 2021

Raisi’s selection as the so-called president of the Islamic Regime in Iran (IRI) is not a surprise. However, he as one of the most illustrating face of the IRI, provides more opportunities for us to reduce and stop our shame for allowing a brutal, religious dictatorship to rule our country for more than forty years.

If we keep raising our opposition by statements, petitions, meaningless demands and slogans, the interest driven world will continue its relationship with the regime and help its stability and more endurance. US authority have already announced with pride that Raisi’s election has nothing to do with their negotiations with the regime about limiting its atomic activities and resuming their previous deals.

Appealing to them to consider the human rights violations and stop recognizing this regime has not and won’t stop the recognition of IRI. They must be forced to do so. This can be done if freedom loving Iranians and all other informed people of the world get involved and enforce this task by participation in the political process.

Raisi’s selection with his clear, documented background has created a decisive movement by the International Human Rights Organizations. This would facilitate our tasks of exposing the real face of IRI and involve many people to demand from their political representatives to stop the recognition of IRI.

Amnesty International has started a serious action against the selection of Raisi due to his role in the 1988 massacre of the political prisoners.   

Information about the 1988 massacre can be reviewed on the MEHR website [1].

Amnesty has started a movement for the formal investigation of Raisi for crimes against humanity [2], [3].

A wide range of international activists have also called on UN for accountability on 1988 prison massacres [4], [5].

Iranian activists could have started a grass root movement around the MEHR initiation in 2002. MEHR adopted a resolution at AI Southern Region Annual Meeting in which September 1st was suggested as a commemoration Day for the massacre of political prisoners. This proposal was adopted at AI annual meeting in 2003 in Pittsburg. September 1 was supposed to become an international day for the remembrance of the victims of political violence in international meeting in London.  However, since AI observed that rather than MEHR no other Iranian group observes this day, stopped to pursue this task. A wide range of the groups worldwide ignored continuous MEHR’s proposal to consider this day along any other day that they traditionally remember this day. Not one single group showed any interest!

We have started reaching AI again hoping that this time murderous Raisi may change the sad situation.

The steps to be taken to take advantage of the international attention to human right abuse in Iran will be discussed in details in another writing in both English and Persian.


1.     1988 Massacre

2.     Ebrahim Raisi must be investigated for crimes against humanity


 4.    Iran: UN calls for accountability on 1988 prison massacres marks turning point in  three-decade struggle

 5.     UN original Report

M. Parvin, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at the California State University, and Founding Director of the

Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran (MEHR)

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