Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Bijan Chehrazi


Age: 43
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August, 1983
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information pertaining to Mr. Bizhan Chehrazi’s case is provided through an interview with one of his relatives by Omid. Mr. Chehrazi was a father of two daughters. He started political activism at an early age. He was arrested in Esfahan (a province in Iran) at 13 for distributing pamphlets for Hezbeh Tudeh (the pro-soviet union Iranian political party). However, he was released due to his age. After finishing his high school diploma, he moved to Austria and studied economics. In Austria, he remained polically active with the Tudeh Party. He secretly returned to Iran with the help of the Party in 1968. In 1972 he was arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison. His release from prison was concurrent with Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. After the Revolution he continued his political work with the Komeleh Organization (an armed Kurdish leftist group who fought against the Islamic regime).

Furthermore, Mr. Bijan Chehrazi (a lawyer and a member of the Komeleh Organization) is on a list of martyrs published by the Komeleh Organization. He is also one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 1985. The list includes individuals, affiliated with various opposition groups, who were executed or killed during clashes with the Islamic Republic security forces from June 1981 to the publication date of the magazine.

Arrest and detention

Based on the information given in the interview, Mr. Chehrazi was arrested by the revolutionary guards when he was supposed to meet someone, in December 1980. The revolutionary guards were informed of this meeting prior to his arrest. He was detained at the Evin Prison in Tehran. He was denied a lawyer, and his mother’s efforts to secure visitation time with him were futile. There is no direct information regarding the details of his arrest, the interrogation, and his detention. What is known is through letters sent to his wife by a former prisoner. The letters state that: “Mr. Chehrazi would often shut his eyes when he was tortured in spite of the blindfold. When he was returned to his prison cell from the torture chamber for the first time and the blindfold was removed, he had to rub his eyes for a while before he could see his cell mate. Furthermore, he was very thin and weak and had difficulty walking. His teeth were crushed under torture, and he had a hard time eating.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available in regards to the charges brought against this defendant

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Chehrazi’s defense.


Mr. Bijan Chehrazi was executed in August 1981. There is no further information about his execution. A section of his cell mate’s letter explains, “He had a strong and resilient spirit and knew that he was going to be executed. He asked me to give his wife, to whom he was very grateful, a poem by Nazem Hakmat (a Persian poet).” The poem states: my wife, the bee who is sweeter than honey, we have just started the fight. They cannot behead a human being as if he were a turnip... I will see you and my friends in the twilight of my last day, and alone I will take the bitterness of an unfinished song to the grave.

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