By Iran Probe Staff
Thursday, 27 February 2018
Simultaneous with the arrival of Iranian Justice Minister, Alireza Avaei in Geneva, the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI) appealed to the Swiss General Prosecutor to prosecute Alireza Avaei for crimes against humanity. NCRI stated that Avaei has been involved in massacre and repression of Iranian people and has been a member of the “Death Commission” of 1988 massacre of political prisoners.
Mr. Marc Bennanant, a lawyer for the National Council for Resistance, wrote a letter to the Swiss Federal Attorney General on Monday, February 26.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, urging him to cancel Avaei’s intervention at the opening session of the Human Rights Council, according to a statement issued by the NCRI.
Alireza Avaei is one of the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and a member of the Death Commission in Khuzestan Province that sent many political prisoners to execution during the massacre. Between 1979 and 1988, he was also the General and Revolutionary Prosecutor in Dezful and Ahvaz, where he has been involved in the execution of political prisoners in the 1980s.
The announcement of the scheduled speech by Alireza Avaei, in the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting, raised a wave of objections to the decision. The US Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a press release, said, “The Human Rights Council should be ashamed to allow Mr. Avaei to address its membership".
The US mission in Geneva also issued statement today saying that the United States is appalled to learn that Avaei is addressing the UN Human Rights Council. The statement said, Avaei oversaw the summary executions of Iranians in the late 1980’s and as the recent head of the Tehran judiciary and current Minister of Justice, Avaei oversees systematic arbitrary arrests and detentions of Iranians engaging in peaceful political and civic activism, and imprisons them in a network of facilities notorious for suspicious deaths, the use of torture, and denial of medical care.