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One Person’s Story

Nastaran Hedayati


Age: 25
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 28, 1983
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Ms. Nastaran Hedayati is one of the 1,533 executed prisoners listed by the Association of Iranian Women of Köln (Germany). The list was published on September 10, 1997 under the title: “A Partial List of Names of Women Executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.” This list has been updated by former political prisoners.

Ms. Nastaran Hedayati is also one of the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) 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 additional information about Ms. Nastaran Hedayati was drawn from the website of the People's Mojahedin of Iran Organization (PMIO). She was born in Shiraz, and a student majoring in National Development. In 1979, she joined the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) and after June 20, 1981, she became a commander of a Resistance Unit for the MKO.

The demonstrations of June 20, 1981, took place in protest against the parliament's impeachment of President Banisadr and the Islamic Republic's systematic policy of excluding the MKO from the country's political scene, the refusal of Ayatollah Khomeini to meet with MKO leaders and his insistence to disarm them. Until that day, the MKO had supported the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini and agreed to operate within the framework of the new political system. However, on June 20th, the MKO officially changed its policy and tried to overthrow the regime by organizing mass demonstrations all over the country. These demonstrations, which were severely suppressed and resulted in the killing of dozens of demonstrators, were followed by a wave of mass arrests and executions by both the Revolutionary Guards and para-military forces. These groups targeted not only the MKO, but all other opposition groups. The massive repression legitimized the months-old policy of state harassment and the suppression of dissidents ultimately resulting in the banning of all forms of independent political dissent.

Arrest and detention

According to the MKO website, Ms. Nastaran Hedayati was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards in her home on December 24, 1981 and was taken to the Guards Prison in Shiraz.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Ms. Nastaran Hedayati’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 defense.


Ms. Nastaran Hedayati was executed in Shiraz on June 28, 1983. The MKO website quotes a witness saying: "they tortured her along with several other MKO members using machines with loaders with which they hanged them with barb wire until they died."

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