Raeisi: Trump must face ‘fair tribunal’ for General Soleimani's assassination
President at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly:
We will pursue the fair trial of the former US President’s crime through a fair court
Dr Raisi described the outstanding and leading role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in standing up to coercive and interventionist policies, including curbing American-made terrorism and preventing any change in the map of the countries in the region under the command of the martyred Lieutenant General Soleimani, and emphasised, “ We will pursue a fair judicial investigation into the crime of the former American President through a fair court”.
Addressing the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday morning local time, Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran referred to the harms and dangers of the current and declining world order, and emphasised the intensive and continuous efforts of the Iranian nation for the formation of a just order in the world.
The President described the outstanding and leading role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in standing up to coercive and interventionist policies, including curbing American-made terrorism and preventing any change in the map of the countries in the region under the command of the martyred Lieutenant General Soleimani, and emphasised, “ We will pursue a fair judicial investigation into the crime of the former American President through a fair court”.
An excerpt of the President’s speech is as follows:
Ladies and gentlemen
The basic yardstick for building a better world is justice. All human ideals are ultimately measured by justice. “Rationality based on revelation” believes in a broad framework for justice; Justice means negation of injustice. We are the standard-bearer of justice that negates all levels of oppression, including “oppression to oneself, God, society, and the universe.” The desire to establish justice is a divine deposit in everyone’s existence, and the accumulation of injustice causes nations to move in the form of popular revolutions.
Although many movements did not reach the maturity of the revolution and many revolutions deviated from their original path, the success of some nations, such as the Iranian nation, in continuing the nature of their revolution, has kept the hope of establishing justice alive in the hearts of the people of the world.
The Iranian Islamic Revolution was the crystallisation of the movement of the Iranian nation towards justice, which despite various seditions, has been able to protect the dignity and originality of its ideals. In the first step, the nation of Iran built the foundation of an advanced civil-political order based on “rationality emanating from revelation” in the name of the Islamic Republic, and in the second step, it seeks to form a “just international order and system”. The key elements in this path are “godliness, awareness, altruism, and multilateralism”.
Ladies and gentlemen
I am proud to represent a nation that has a great civilisational heritage. A nation that has always been free and has thwarted the attempts of hegemons to enslave its destiny for centuries. A nation that has always considered oppression as a cause of destruction and throughout its history has also fought against the captivity of other nations from “Babylonian captivity” to “Palestinian captivity”.
We believe in a common destiny for humanity and support the universalisation of justice. We wish for others what we like for ourselves and we do not impose on others what we do not like for ourselves. The Iranian nation believes that justice creates unity, and oppression creates war.
If a country claims justice inside itself, but abroad, it trains all kinds of terrorists and kills the nations, or forces the nations to surrender by imposing various pressures, it should be a shame for humanity, freedom, and justice
Humanity is not exclusive to a part of human beings, and human rights are not conceived except by securing the rights of all human beings. Inspired by religious beliefs and based on the spirit and text of its constitution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has one of the most efficient mechanisms in the protection of human rights, and with the most effective tools, considers the fulfilment of the violated rights of each person as a human mission, a sovereign responsibility, and a divine duty delegated to it by the people. The Islamic Republic considers the double standards of some governments in the field of human rights as the most important factor in the institutionalisation of human rights violations, which results in diverse and numerous positions towards an incident under investigation in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the deathly silence about the killing of dozens of helpless women in a short time in one of the western countries. As long as this double standards persists, human rights will not be safe from repeated violations.
Above human rights, the rights of nations are easily trampled by oppressive powers. The right of Canadian indigenous communities whose children were buried in mass graves in schoolyards instead of school classes; the right to self-determination of the Palestinian nation, the right to development of nations under sanctions, the right to life of nations under occupation or victims of terrorism, the right to life of homeless refugees who keep children in cages separate from their mothers and fathers; all of them show that the position of the claimant and the accused in the issue of human rights should not be changed and that the real violators of human rights do not have the necessary moral competence to comment on human rights. Iran’s unique role in the destruction of ISIS, which only one of its crimes was enslaving Kurdish, Yazidi and Christian women, is enough to show that we are in the position of the claimant and defender of human rights, and the supporters of ISIS are in the position of the accused.
Now we have come together in a situation where we are facing an important reality, that is, “turning and changing the world” and entering a “new era and order”. The old world, the world of “unilateralism”, “domination-seeking”, “dominance of capital over morality, justice and virtue”, “developer of poverty, discrimination and inequality”, “use of violence, sanctions and violation of the rights of nations” and “use of international organisations and institutions as a tool of pressure on independent countries” and in a word, the world is unfair in every way. This unfair order has lost its legitimacy in the public opinion of the world and serious wills have been formed to change it. The decline of this old order is undeniable. Our region, that is West Asia, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and proud Iran, is the great museum of the decline of this old order.
In addition to that, the growing threat of terrorism and extremism, cultural decline and the deterioration of political ethics, the unprecedented weakening of multilateralism and the pathological growth of unilateral illegitimate actions have created great challenges on the path of comprehensive progress and human excellence.
We believe that there is no other option than solidarity and cooperation in the framework of multilateralism based on justice, and based on the principles and transcendent human values emanating from the teachings of divine prophets, to deal with ancient threats and modern global problems.
All the free nations have these high values, but this series of beliefs is the reason for all the enmity of the oppressors of the world against us. What we want is the rights of the Iranian nation and we do not tolerate a relationship based on oppression. We stand for the rights of our nation. We believe that any oppressive relationship is detrimental to global peace and security, and the most important threat to the global community is the “normalisation of oppression”. Achieving global security through any means other than justice will not be sustainable, and that is what we expect the United Nations to do.
Yes, it is difficult to implement justice and maybe that is why many self-proclaimed advocates of peace are running away from justice. Our question to these governments is that if you do not have the will to implement justice, do you not have the desire to deal with oppression?