Ebrahim Raisi, Islamic Republic “President” is set to attend the 77th UN General Assembly in New York City, starting Tuesday, September 13, 2022 with the high-level General Debate set for September 20. Human rights activists have been pressuring the Biden administration to refuse visas to Raisi and his entourage of IRGC delegations. On the other hand, the Islamic Republic says US is required to issue the visa for the regime’s delegation under UN charter. In this article, we prove why not granting visa to Raisi is completely aligned with US and UN laws and in the interest of US security.
On March 1, 2022, the highest official of the regime, the “Supreme Leader”, called homosexuality as “severe moral deprivation” spread in the West. Ebrahim Raisi, on September 1, 2022, at “World Assembly of Ahl Al-Beyt” which is an organization under direct supervision of Khamenei, said: “Modern ignorance is just like the old ignorance, with various ‘isms!’ The difference is, modern ignorance has science and technology, has media power. It has applied power, money and many other capabilities to promote its ignorant message in the world! To introduce the ugliest behavior as the sign of civilization. And if it wants to introduce a country as a civilized and modern one, it uses a very ugly and vile characteristic, homosexuality. How much vile and ugliness is in the world!?”
On August 10, 2022, the US Justice Department announced a member of IRGC was charged with the plot to murder John Bolton, former US National Security Advisor, on US soil. “According to court documents, beginning in October 2021, Shahram Poursafi, aka Mehdi Rezayi, 45, of Tehran, Iran, attempted to arrange the murder of former National Security Advisor John Bolton, likely in retaliation for the January 2020 death of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF) commander Qasem Soleimani. Poursafi, working on behalf of the IRGC-QF, attempted to pay individuals in the United States $300,000 to carry out the murder in Washington, D.C. or Maryland.”
On July 31, a 23-year-old man was arrested outside Brooklyn residence of one of the fiercest regime dissidents, Masih Alinejad, with a loaded AK-47 in his car. According to the complaint, “he confessed that the gun was his and he had been in Brooklyn because he was looking for someone!” A year before, 4 affiliated members of IRGC were indicted for plotting to kidnap Alinejad and taking her back to Iran!
Ebrahim Raisi’s role in the “death commission” in 1980s which ordered to massacre thousands of political prisoners is undeniable. Hamid Nouri, one of the members of Judiciary at the time, was recently sentenced to life in prison in Sweden! Amnesty and other human rights organizations, including UN experts and Javaid Rehman, have continuously demanded Raisi’s indictment for “crimes against humanity!”
Raisi’s administration has ramped up oppression and terror atmosphere in Iran even more than his predecessors. With Khamenei’s orders, his goons have been enforcing “hijab laws” more strictly than ever. Sepideh Rashno’s case have gone viral on social media, especially after her tortured face was shown on regime’s TV and reports of her admission to hospital due to internal bleeding were published. His administration also arrested 300 women for “bad hijab” with fabricated charges, such as “working with the enemy to spread depravity!” The former Islamic Republic Head of Judiciary, has vowed to avenge Qassem Soleimani and pledged to wipe Israel off the map!
Islamic Republic has amped up its execution machine since the beginning of 2022. Per Amnesty International, the “Execution Ayatollah”‘s regime has taken the life of one person per day in the first 6months. Zahra Sedighi-Hamedani and Elham Chobdar, 2 homosexual activists have been charged with “Efsad Filarz” (spreading depravity on earth) by spreading homosexuality, which carries death sentence.
There is precedence for the US not to grant visas to heads of states. In 1988, Yasir Arafat was denied visa: “the US. Government has convincing evidence that PLO elements have engaged in terrorism against Americans and others!” Most recently, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has not received his visa yet. US government has previously restricted Islamic Republic and Russian delegates from traveling outside six blocks and 25miles of New York City without Washington’s approval, respectively.
Raisi’s companions, including his security, are members of a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, IRGC, and himself is wanted for “crimes against humanity” by human rights activists which awarded him the “Butcher of Tehran” nickname! Additionally, regime’s attacks on US forces in Syria and Iraq in the past few weeks, are another sign that the Islamic Republic spreads terrorism across the globe, including inside the US.
Human rights have been a paramount base for Joe Biden during his campaign. It is time for him to show terrorism and egregious human rights violations have no place in the US! Either don’t let him in, or arrest him.