Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Edna Sabet


Age: 27
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: February 12, 1982
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Ms. Edna Sabet is one of the 430 individuals whose names appear on the list of “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Andeesheh va Peykar. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the revolution of 1979. Further information was sent through an electronic form by a person close to her to the Omid site. She is also one of the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization on September 6, 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. “The Book of Prisons, Volume 2” edited by Naser Mohajer, refers to Ms. Sabet as well.

Ms. Sabet was born in Tehran on June 24, 1955. She was a mechanical engineering student at the Ariyamehr Technical University in Tehran. She joined the Peykar Organization and became a member of the Tehran Committee of the Peykar Organization and led the Worker’s Section of the organization. She was married to Mr. Gholam Hossein Salim Aruni, another Peykar activist, who was executed in Tehran in 1981.

The Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class was founded by a number of dissident members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization who had converted to Marxism-Leninism. Peykar was also joined by a number of political organizations, known as Khat-e Se (Third line). The founding tenets of Peykar included the rejection of guerrilla struggle and a strong stand against the pro-Soviet policies of the Iranian Tudeh Party. Peykar viewed the Soviet Union as a "Social imperialist" state, believed that China had deviated from the Marxist-Leninist principles, and radically opposed all factions of the Islamic regime of Iran. The brutal repression of dissidents by the Iranian government and splits within Peykar in 1981 and 1982 effectively dismantled the Organization and scattered its supporters. By the mid-1980s, Peykar was no longer in existence.

Arrest and detention

According to the electronic form, Ms. Edna Sabet was arrested in February of 1982 and detained in Tohid Prison. She was tortured in the prison.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Ms. Sabet's charges.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on Ms. Sabet's defense.


According to the Mojahed magazine, Ms. Sabet was executed in Tehran on February 12, 1982.

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