Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Abbas Pishdadian


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: December, 1981
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Mr. Abbas Pishdadian’s execution was announced in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (No 261, September 6, 1985). The addendum lists 12028 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. Additional information about Mr. Pishdadian was obtained from an Omid Memorial electronic form filled in by a friend who went to college with him.

Mr. Pishdadian was a Social Science major at Tehran University. He was born in the province of Khorasan. During the Shah’s regime, he had been a student activist against the monarchy and a sympathizer of the Mojahedin. He had also been active in organizing student activities such as mountain climbing and creating libraries. He was married to Afsaneh Afzalnia, a fellow student who was executed. They had a daughter together.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Pishdadian was arrested in 1981. The details of his arrest and detention are unknown.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges brought against Mr. Pishdadian are not known.

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. Pishdadian’s defense.


According to the report published in the addendum to the Mojahed magazine, Mr. Abbas Pishdadian died under torture in November 1981.

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