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One Person’s Story

Parvin Goli Abkenari


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


Date of Killing: December 6, 1987
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Ms. Parvin Goli Abkenari is one of the 1,533 executed prisoners listed by the Association of Iranian Women of Köln (Germany). The list, published on September 10, 1997, is entitled: "A Partial List of Women Executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.” This list has been updated by former political prisoners living throughout the world.

The information about Ms. Parvin Goli Abkenari is taken from the book Our Martyrs for Freedom and Socialism by Rah-e Kargar Publications. She was born in Abkenar near Bandar Anzali. She was a clerk at Melli Bank and a sympathizer of the Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran, Rah-e Kargar. Her husband (Mehran Shahaboddin) and her brother (Ruzbeh Goli Abkenari), who were both the sympathizers of this organization, were 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, Ms. Parvin Goli Abkenari was arrested along with her husband and brother in a relative’s home in July, 1982. She was transferred to Evin Prison. She had several visits with her family during her more than five years detention. But there is no specific information on the dates or numbers of these visits.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Ms. Parvin Goli Abkenari’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 her defence.


According to the above source, Ms. Parvin Goli Abkenari was condemned to life imprisonment. But, according to a report she died while being tortured on December 6, 1987. According to another report, she committed suicide after suffering severe torture. In part of her last letter to her mother, she wrote: "I kiss your calm face that reflects your kind and patient heart…. I try to fill my boring days with the memories of my short and good life. I wish you a better and brighter future."

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