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Nobel laureate calls out Oberlin Faculty for ‘whitewashing’ function of professor in purge of Iranian dissidents

In a brand new blow in opposition to embattled Oberlin Faculty in Ohio, Iranian Noble Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi blasted the liberal arts faculty for whitewashing the crimes in opposition to humanity leveled in opposition to its Islamic research professor, Mohammad Jafar Mahallati.

Fox Information Digital obtained the Dec. 12 letter addressed to Oberlin Faculty’s President Carmen Twillie Ambar. 

“The method by which this [Oberlin College] investigation was performed, and its weird discovering that Mr. Mahallati had no data of the killings, leads us to conclude that the investigation was an train in whitewashing an argument moderately than an try to arrive the reality,” wrote Ebadi, together with the favored writer and former professor of English, Azar Nafisi, and Ladan Boroumand, a historian and co-founder of Abdorrahman Boroumand Middle for Human Rights in Iran.

Amnesty Worldwide and main worldwide authorized specialists decided that Mahallati lined up the Islamic Republic of Iran’s mass homicide of political prisoners and dissidents in 1988. One estimate notes that the clerical regime, together with its present President Ebrahim Raisi, executed a minimum of 5,000 harmless Iranian prisoners.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Iranian Ambassador to the U.N. Mohammad Mahallati speaking Aug. 1 in New York after a meeting with U.N. officials concerning implementation of the Security Council resolution to end the Iran-Iraq war.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – AUGUST 01: Iranian Ambassador to the U.N. Mohammad Mahallati talking Aug. 1 in New York after a gathering with U.N. officers regarding implementation of the Safety Council decision to finish the Iran-Iraq conflict.
(Photograph by Invoice Foley/Time & Life Footage)


Mahallati served because the Iranian regime’s ambassador to the United Nations between 1987 and 1989. 

The authors of the letter requested, “that Oberlin authorize a 3rd occasion to conduct a clear investigation of the allegations in opposition to Mr. Mahallati. Your college’s popularity, and your dedication to justice and equity, relies on merchandise,” it acknowledged.

The letter lambasted Oberlin Faculty’s earlier inquiry into Mahallati as a sham course of that contradicts the values of the school.

“The cumulative weight of the proof is why we have been so upset to be taught that, other than hiring Mr. Mahllati and granting him tenure, Oberlin performed a secretive investigation that arrived at his wholly implausible exoneration. To our data, Oberlin spoke to no specialists or victims about this subject in its investigation.”

The authors of the letter wrote to Ambar that, “We’ve got additionally realized that a number of hundred households of victims of the 1988 bloodbath of political prisoners in Iran introduced Mr. Mahallati’s background to your consideration in an October 2020 open letter and subsequent correspondences, however that you could have taken no credible motion on this regard. We write so as to add our voice to theirs, looking for an neutral and impartial investigation.” 


Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ruled Iran during the 1988 massacre of regime opponents.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini dominated Iran in the course of the 1988 bloodbath of regime opponents.

The letter additionally acknowledged that, “Because the United Nations and Amnesty Worldwide each observe, Mr. Mahallati exerted nice effort in denying the killings and portraying them as overseas propaganda.”

A U.S. State Division spokesperson informed Fox Information Digital about Mahallati that, “We’re not going to touch upon studies concerning a non-public citizen’s particular views, however we proceed to vocally defend respect for human rights in Iran and world wide and to advertise accountability for human rights violations and abuses.”

The letter to Oberlin concluded that, “It’s our collective knowledgeable opinion that Mr. Mahallati knew, or ought to have identified, in regards to the killings going down in 1988. Even when he didn’t know (which is a extremely unlikely state of affairs), an affordable individual in his place would have investigated and realized of the killings. Thus, Mahallati’s lies to the United Nations in regards to the killings reveal an intent to mislead the world in regards to the killings in an effort to help in their cover-up. “

Fox Information Digital solely reported in 2021 that Mahallati referred to as for the destruction of Israel and a worldwide jihad in opposition to the Jewish state. Fox Information Digital additionally first disclosed that Mahallati waged a high-intensity marketing campaign on the U.N. to persecute the peaceable spiritual minority neighborhood, the Bahai’s, in Iran.

The presence of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ebadi behind the letter will probably ratchet up the stress on Oberlin Faculty’s administration to confront the rising scandal surrounding Mahallati.


In keeping with the web site of the Nobel Prize, Ebadi gained the award, “for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has targeted particularly on the battle for the rights of girls and youngsters.” 

Oberlin Faculty sources informed Fox Information Digital that Mahallati has stayed tight-lipped in regards to the ongoing protests in Iran in opposition to the theocratic state as a result of regime’s alleged homicide of the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini

Amini was arrested in September for failing to correctly put on her hijab and was tortured within the custody of the regime’s infamous morality police.

In September, congressional representatives, Jim Banks (R-Indiana) and Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) launched in an inquiry into Mahallati’s hyperlinks to Iran’s regime.

Lawdan Bazargan, an Iranian-American human rights activist who has been main a grassroots marketing campaign to safe Mahallati’s discharge as a professor, informed Fox Information Digital, “Iran’s Islamic regime has began a brand new wave of suppression and executions, just like those within the Nineteen Eighties, dubbed the bloody decade. The Islamic Republic of Iran makes use of the identical playbook utilized by Mahallati to accuse disgruntled residents of being Mohareb (one who wages conflict in opposition to God).”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was a member of the so called "death commission" that led to the killings of Iranian opposition figures in 1988.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was a member of the so referred to as “demise fee” that led to the killings of Iranian opposition figures in 1988.
(AP Photograph/Vahid Salemi)


Bazargan, whose brother Bijan was murdered in the course of the 1988 bloodbath, stated “By defending Mahallati, an Islamic regime apologist, Oberlin Faculty is performing as an confederate within the oppression of a brand new era of Iranians and is accountable for their torture, rape, and public hanging. Oberlin’s message to Iranian officers is that there are not any penalties for tyranny and injustice, they usually can reinvent themselves as professors of peace and friendship.”

Fox Information Digital despatched a number of written press queries to Oberlin’s President Ambar and Mahallati, together with messages on voice mails. In response to the Fox Information report and an article within the Oberlin pupil paper Oberlin Overview, Oberlin Faculty issued a truth sheet in regards to the Mahallati affair on its web site in October 2021. 

Mahallati retained a lawyer on the time and stated, “The official positions I formally took on the United Nations in the course of the time I served don’t painting my private views…You will need to observe that my accusers haven’t discovered a single assertion from me that’s remotely in step with the unfounded accusations.” 

Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war.

Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march throughout a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq conflict.


Fox Information Digital additionally reached out the Division of Training for a remark.



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