By Ahmad Rafat – The Aban Tribunal judges has found the leaders of the Islamic Republic guilty of crimes against humanity. The International People’s Tribunal on Iran’s Atrocities delivered a summary of their findings on September 30, 2022. It found that the Islamic Republic government and its security forces designed and implemented a plan to commit crimes against humanity.
A Groups of international judges found 13 individuals guilty of crimes against humanity:
1 Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
2 Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the time
3 Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Council (SNSC), Leader of the Supreme Leader in SNSC
4 Ebrahim Raisi, Head of Judiciary at the time and current president
5 Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Minister of Interior
6 Hossein Ashtari, Chief Commander of the Police (NAJA)
7 Hossein Salami, Chief Commander of the IRGC
8 Gholamreza Soleimani, Head of the Basij Organisation
9 Hassan Karami, Commander of the Special Units of Iran’s Police
10 Habibollah Jan Nesari, Deputy Commander of the Special Units of Iran’s Police
11 Leila Vaseghi, Governor of Shahr-e-Qods
12 Abdolkarim Geravand, Governor of Bushehr
13 Mohammad Mahmoudi-Abadi, Sirjan Governor
On 15 November 2019, following a massive, sudden spike in fuel prices, nationwide protests broke out across Iran. Protests were largely peaceful, but in certain cities, public and private property incurred damage. At its peak, from 16 November, the government imposed a near-total shutdown of the internet and conducted a brutal crackdown on protestors. Police, security and military forces shot and arrested protestors, while the authorities restricted access to information.
Reports of killings of protestors emerged from the early hours of the protests. Although the government has admitted responsibility for 225 deaths, media and human rights organisations have reported a death toll of 1,500.
The summary of the International People’s Tribunal on Iran’s Atrocities: