Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi

Nobel Laureate Brands UN’s Raisi Memorial 'Celebration of the Gallows'

Monday, 05/27/2024

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi slammed the United Nations for honoring the late President Ebrahim Raisi.

In a critique shared from Evin Prison, Mohammadi called the memorial "a celebration of the gallows” after 2023 had been record year of executions with scores more killed in the last month alone.

Mohammadi's remarks came in response to the recent memorial held at the UN, which she said "truly commemorates the gallows, executions, and mass killings" rather than the values the UN purports to uphold. However, in spite of mass rights abuses at home leading to sanctions globally, the UN allowed Iran to chair a human rights forum event last year.

Mohammadi criticized global leaders for glorifying a man she described as "a blatant human rights violator and the executioner of Iran's history, who was an instrument of oppression until his death."

The outspoken activist, who has faced repeated imprisonments for her defense of human rights, argued that such commemorations threaten to normalize dictatorial and oppressive regimes worldwide. "When world governments treat such a figure as if they have lost a peace-loving and democratic individual, it sets a dangerous precedent," Mohammadi stated, warning of the potential rise of similar figures in other parts of the world.

Mohammadi's current imprisonment followed her arrest during the nationwide anti-government protests ignited by the death of 22-year-old government's repressive policies.

Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, also asked the United Nations to cancel the memorial ceremony and not to “mock” its subordinate institutions as the event stirred controversy amid Iran’s domestic and international record of rights abuses and military activity.

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