Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Hamid Avar


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: February 4, 1982
Location: Sanandaj, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic; Membership of anti-regime guerilla group; Participating in clashes with revolutionary guards and or Bassij brothers; War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam

About this Case

The information about Mr. Hamid Avar, son of Mohammad Sediq, was sent to Omid by a former cellmate via an electronic form. His execution along with 8 other men was announced in the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper on February 7, 1982.

Arrest and detention

The exact date of Mr. Avar’s arrest is not known. He was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards at Azadi square in Sanandaj, in the western province of Kordestan, for “membership in the militia of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization.” He was reportedly torture in detention. He had visits with his family members.


Mr. Avar was tried at the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Kordestan in Sanandaj.


The newspaper reported that Mr. Avar and 8 other men were collectively charged with “armed insurrection against the Islamic Republic, participation in clashes in Sanandaj, participation in the Central Committees of the militia of Hypocrites [a name Iranian officials use when referring to the Mojahedin Khalq Organization], the assassination of Muslims as well as bombing and destroying public places.”

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

Based on the information available, a report of the Revolutionary Guards was used against Mr. Avar.


No information is available on Mr. Avar’s defense. He was denied a defense attorney.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Kordestan called Mr. Avar “at war with God and his Prophet” and sentenced him to death. He was executed along with at least 5 other men in February 1982 at the parking lot of the detention center of the Islamic Revolutionary Court, located on 22 Bahman Street, in Sanandaj.

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