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Outrage as Swiss president congratulates Iran’s ‘Butcher’ President Raisi

Iranian human rights specialists and commentators on Monday expressed shock on the Swiss President Man Parmelin for delivering a congratulatory message to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi, a revolutionary cleric accused of mass homicide.

Mariam Memarsadeghi, an Iranian-American and senior fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute, informed The Jerusalem Put up that “congratulating Raisi the butcher on ‘profitable’ a sham election boycotted by the Iranian individuals shouldn’t be solely an insult to the hundreds of thousands who’ve been impacted by his merciless torture and executions. It’s an insult to any democratic nation’s most elementary values. Switzerland’s custom of political neutrality mustn’t imply it succumbs to legitimizing evil rulers of an evil regime.”

Mina Bai, an Iranian-Norwegian and political commentator with the Norwegian newspaper Nettavisen, informed the Put up that “European leaders haven’t impressed Iranians preventing for his or her freedom and dignity with continuously siding with the regime for apparent causes of financial advantages. Raisi’s darkish report is not any secret to anybody, but they do not care. Historical past won’t neglect, it’s just like the Nazi expertise is repeating itself.”

The Iranian College students’ Information Company, a regime-controlled outlet, reported on Saturday that the “Swiss president within the message wished success for Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi in his new place, expressed confidence that good bilateral relations between Iran and Switzerland through the presidency of Raisi can be strengthened greater than ever.”

The information outlet added that Parmelin “additionally harassed that Switzerland is dedicated to strengthening dialogue and cooperation with Iran aiming at growing stability and prosperity within the area, and considers it within the curiosity of all.”

The Put up despatched press queries to Parmelin and the Swiss International Ministry.

Karmel Melamed, an Iranian-American journalist and activist for non secular minorities in Iran, informed the Put up that “It is really shameful and unhappy when the Swiss president together with different main leaders in Europe are groveling on the ft of the ayatollah regime to ship greetings for his or her appointment of a Raisi, a person who has dedicated main crimes in opposition to humanity. It appears as if European leaders are extra excited by their monetary pursuits with the Ayatollahs as an alternative of primary human rights for the individuals of Iran who clearly oppose this regime.”

Switzerland represents the diplomatic pursuits of the US authorities as a result of the US broke off relations with the Islamic Republic after the theocratic state took US diplomatic personnel hostage in 1979. It’s unclear if the US is conscious that the Swiss president congratulated Raisi.

The Put up reported final week that Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen seemed to be the primary Western chief to congratulate Raisi. 

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