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One Person’s Story

Farrokh Afshari Nasab


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 16, 1981
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Actively opposing the Islamic Republic; Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense

About this Case

Mr. Farrokh Afshari Nasab, son of Ali, 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 Peykar Andeesheh. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the revolution of 1979. More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed. Further information about Mr. Afshari Nasab was sent to the Boroumand Foundation through an electronic form.

The execution of Mr. Farrokh Afshari Nasab, along with 18 other individuals, was announced in a communiqué of the Public Relations of the Central Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office, and was published in the Keyhan and the Jomhuri Eslami newspapers on August 16, 1981. This communiqué, which calls the convicts “sworn agents of the superpowers”, begins with a reference to the Koran: “The punishment for those who fight against God and his Prophet and pursue the path of corruption and spread corruption on earth is to be harshly killed, or hanged, or that their hands and legs from opposite sides be amputated, or be exiled from the land. This brings them degradation and humiliation in this world; and painful and severe punishment awaits them in the world to come.”

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 “ocial 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

Mr. Afshari Nasab was arrested in Tehran. The circumstances of his arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the Central Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Afshari Nasab was charged with being “a high level member of the Communication and Financial department of the American Organization, Peykar, and in charge of communications among its Committees in different cities and other localities.” These personal charges against Mr. Afshari Nasab do not include the collective charges against all 19 individuals executed on that date: “attacking innocent people, assault, battery and murder, living in safe houses, plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic regime… conspiracy to assassinate officials and state authorities, intending to carry out plans for world imperialism, headed by America” as well as “being at war with God and his Prophet.”

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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available on Mr. Afshari Nasab’s defense.


According to the available information, the Central Islamic Revolutionary Court condemned Mr. Farrokh Afshari Nasab to death. He was executed by a firing squad in the Evin prison yard in Tehran on August 15, 1981.

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