By Iran Probe Staff
Friday, 23 February 2018
Alireza Avaei , justice minister in the current cabinet of Hassan Rouhani and a member of “Death Commission” of “1988 massacre" of political prisoners in Iran, is scheduled to deliver speech in the Uinited Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in Geneva.
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.
"Alireza Avaei is among some 100 government ministers and other dignitaries from around the world due to address the opening of the United Nations Human Rights Council's main annual session", according to AFP report today.
Brussels and Bern have slapped sanctions on him, maintaining that as Tehran's former top prosecutor he was 'responsible for human rights violations, arbitrary arrests, denials of prisoners' rights and an increase in executions.', AFP added.
'Allowing Avaei to address the Human Rights Council is disgraceful and would make a mockery of the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms,' said Shahin Gobadi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
'This must not happen,' he told AFP in an email, also insisting that as the current justice minister of Iran, Avaei 'bears responsibility for the brutal suppression of recent protests' in the country.
He said a protest was planned in front of the UN headquarters in Geneva next Tuesday, when Avaei is due to speak.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement in this regard and condemned the planned visit of Alireza Avaei, to speak to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, and called for the abolition of this speech and his arrest and trial for crimes against humanity.