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Ebrahim Raisi. Photo: Meghdad Madadi ATPImages/Getty Images

Amnesty International on Saturday called for Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi to be investigated for crimes against humanity for his alleged role in what the group contends was the extrajudicial executions of imprisoned political dissidents in 1988.

The big picture: Raisi was declared the winner of Iran's presidential elections on Saturday. Amnesty International has previously called on the United Nations to start an investigation into the executions.

Flashback: Toward the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, the Iranian government executed thousands of prisoners. Raisi was a member of a commission in charge of the executions.

What they're saying: "That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran," said Amnesty's Agnès Callamard.

  • Callamard said neither the Iranian government or Raisi has publicly acknowledged the executions: "The circumstances surrounding the fate of the victims and the whereabouts of their bodies are, to this day, systematically concealed by the Iranian authorities, amounting to ongoing crimes against humanity."

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Sep 16, 2021 - World

ICC authorizes full investigation into Duterte's deadly drugs war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a nation address at the House of Representatives in Manila in July . Photo: Lisa Marie David/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The International Criminal Court (ICC) formally authorized on Wednesday an official investigation into alleged crimes against humanity during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

Why it matters: Tens of thousands of people may have been killed in police drug operations in the Philippines since 2016, a United Nations report found last year.

Brazil's health minister tests positive for COVID during UN summit in N.Y.

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga in Brasilia, Brazil, in May. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queirog has tested positive for COVID-19 while in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), he confirmed Tuesday night.

Why it matters: Hours earlier, Queirog had accompanied Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the UNGA. The Biden administration expressed concern last week that the gathering of world leaders could become a coronavirus "superspreader event."

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Trump sues New York Times and his niece over tax report

Former President Trump hosting a boxing match in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 11. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's 2018 reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The suit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges NYT journalists "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that they "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."

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