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Raisi's election indicator of “known crime and genocide’: umbrella group

  2021-07-13  | 
 Zhyan News Network
The logo of the Cooperation Center of the Iranian Kurdistan’s Political Parties and a file photo of former Secretary General of the Democratic Party of the Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A Kurdish umbrella opposition group representing the Iranian Kurdish political parties warned of “genocide” and “terror” under the rule of recently-elected Iranian hardline President Ebrahim Raisi on the death anniversary of a former political leader over three decades ago. 

“The appointment of Ebrahim Raisi is one of the known indicators of crime and genocide by the regime [Iranian regime],” the Cooperation Center of the Iranian Kurdistan’s Political Parties said in a statement, issued by one of the member parties, the Democratic Party of the Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI).

Seen as an apprentice to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Raise succeeds Hassan Rouhani on August 3 as the eighth president since the Islamic revolution in 1978, having secured a landslide victory last month in an election marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions.  

On July 13, 1989, former elected Secretary General of the PDKI Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou was assassinated along two other party members in Austria’s Vienna by unknown assassins while they were negotiating with Iranian representatives on Kurdish rights and self-government for the Iranian Kurdistan, according to the PDKI.

The Kurdish parties accuse the Iran of killing Ghassemlou and other officials in the following years. On September 17, 1992, Ghassemlou’s successor Sadegh Sharafkandi was also assassinated by armed men in Germany’s Berlin.

The political parties also “accused Vienna of “sheltering and facilitating the return of the terrorist to Iran before and after the assassination,” and lashed out at the country “for closing the assassination file.”

On June 28, Javaid Rehman, the UN investigator on human rights in Iran, called for an independent inquiry into allegations of state-ordered executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988 and the role played by Raisi as Tehran deputy prosecutor at the time. 

Rehman told Reuters at the time that over the years his office has gathered testimonies and evidence. It was ready to share them if the United Nations Human Rights Council or other body sets up an impartial investigation.

Iran is in talks with the world powers to return to compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States quit in 2018. The deal-imposed restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for lifting international sanctions on the country.

The Kurdish parties lament deteriorating living conditions and the state of human rights in the west of the country, known as Rojhalat to the Kurds.

(Zhyan English0