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One Person’s Story

Nureddin Riahi


Age: 34
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: January 24, 1984
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Nureddin Riahi is among the 282 individuals listed in a United Nations Report, The Situation of Human Right in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Note by the Secretary General), published on November 13, 1985. The report lists these individuals as "Persons Who Were Allegedly, Summarily, and Arbitrarily Executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran: 1984-1985."

The additional information about Mr. Nureddin Riahi is taken from the book Our Martyrs for Freedom and Socialism by Rah-e Kargar Publications. He was a member of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization before the revolution. He was arrested in 1971 and was condemned to ten years imprisonment. After the revolution, he was released from prison and became a member of the Central Committee and an editor for the Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran also known as Rah-e Kargar. His wife, Tahereh Seyed Ahmadi who was a sympathizer of this Organization, was also executed.

"Rah-e Kargar" or the "Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran" was established in the summer of 1979. The Organization was founded by individuals from various leftist groups who rejected the idea of armed struggle and believed in political action. They identified themselves as Marxist-Leninists, promoting a socialist revolution and the leadership of the proletariat. They differed with the pro-Soviet communist party, Tudeh, in that they opposed the Islamic Republic and Ayatollah Khomeini's leadership.

Arrest and detention

According to the above book, Mr. Nureddin Riahi and his wife were arrested in September, 1982. He was taken to Evin prison and where he was tortured severely.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Nureddin Riahi’s charges.

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution contains no evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available about his defense.


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution. According to the above source, Mr. Nureddin Riahi was executed by a firing squad at Evin prison on January 24, 1984. In his will, he bade farewell to his parents and wrote: “My only sorrow is that I don’t have more time to serve humanity. But, I’m aware that I’m leaving a huge sorrow for you.” According to the source, several lines of the will were crossed out.

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