The UN Should Not Have Invited a 'Butcher' to Speak, but the US Can Fix Its Mistake


Posted: Sep 20, 2022 12:01 AM

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The United Nations is on the verge of giving a platform to one of the world’s worst human rights violators. This mistake can and must be fixed by the US government.

The US can easily prevent the regime President Ebrahim Raisi’s participation in the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, by denying him a visa. It has abundant cause to do so, based both on national security concerns and on basic principle.

Last month, the Department of Justice unsealed its case against a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who had been observed actively attempting to facilitate the assassination of former National Security Advisor John Bolton on US soil. His known activities date back to only two months after Raisi was sworn in as president of the regime.

According to human rights organizations, since Raisi took office last year, the regime has conducted a “horrific wave of executions” – an ominous accomplishment for a regime already recognized as

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