Qalibaf, Mayor of Tehran, Should be Added to Human Rights Violators List
(May 16, 2013) The international community should immediately institute a travel ban and asset freeze against Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the current mayor of Tehran and a contender in the upcoming presidential election, due to his extensive role in gross human rights violations, the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf
The Campaign has obtained a secretly recorded two-hour audio file of Qalibaf in which he details his prominent and direct role in repressing and carrying out violence against student protesters in July 1999, July 2003, and in the 2009 post-election protests.
“Qalibaf has exposed himself as a violent and cruel individual, taking pride in being a leading force for repression throughout the years in his various official capacities. Under his administration, given his own admissions in this tape, he will certainly continue, if not worsen, Iran’s already dismal human rights record,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s executive director.
In this audio recording, Qalibaf adamantly details how he has personally engaged in violent repressive policies and their implementation:
Qalibaf made these remarks during a private meeting with hardline Basiji students which apparently took place during the past few weeks as the election season has taken off. It is clear during the two-hour meeting that Qalibaf’s purpose is to impress his audience with his hardline credentials and his proudly admitted history of over thirty years of relying on violence in various capacities to crack down on protests and confront dissidents and reformers.
The Campaign calls on the EU and the US to immediately include Qalibaf on their list of human rights violators and to institute a travel ban and asset freeze against him.
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