Tehran’s Judiciary Chief and Mass Murderer Reaffirms His Opposition to Human Rights

By The Free Iranian Staff


Ebrahim Raisi, chief of Tehran’s judiciary since March of this year, has reacted to the latest report from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran by angrily dismissing it. “Our ruling establishment is based on Shari’a law, and in no way, we will ever give away our religious principles,” Raisi said, adding that, because it is “implementing divine decrees,” any criticism of the Islamic regime’s principles or guiding ideology are “beyond any discussion.”

Javaid Rehman
Javaid Rehman, British-Pakistani legal scholar and Professor of Islamic Law and International Law at Brunel University. United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Raisi then personally attacked the UN Rapporteur, Javaid Rehman, who is a Pakistani-British scholar of Islamic law, saying that he collected his data from “hostile” and “unhealthy” sources, and then adding that he “compiled his report out of envy and hatred against the Islamic Republic.” The judiciary chief also asserted that he was “surprised” that “a Muslim” would write a report on human rights without “paying attention to (Quran) verses, traditional comments attributed to Prophet Muhammad, and narratives left from Shi’ite Imams.”

These comments are neither new nor shocking, as the Islamic regime has always been opposed to internationally-defined human rights, and has never cooperated with representatives from the United Nations whenever they have sought to investigate the regime’s human rights practices. Thirty-five years ago, the regime’s ambassador to the UN had said “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which represented secular understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition, could not be implemented by Muslims and did not accord with the system of values recognized by the Islamic Republic of Iran; his country would therefore not hesitate to violate its provisions.”

Ebrahim Raisi himself, who was sanctioned today by the United States, has a long record of human rights abuses. In 1988, he was a member of a four-person committee that oversaw the mass execution of 30,000 political prisoners. In just the first six months after being named head of the judiciary this year, according to human rights activists, “verdicts targeting civil rights activists and opposition groups were increased by 119%”

The UN report, which was read before the General Assembly, stated that seven juveniles were executed last year, two this year, and that 90 children under age 18 were awaiting execution in Iran. Iran holds the world record for executing children.

At the same meeting where Raisi delivered his comments, another regime official, Jalil Mohebbi, the secretary of the staff to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice within the judiciary, stated that since 1979, 15,000 Iranians have been executed for drug-related offenses. The number is probably grossly underestimated.  

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