Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Bahram Afzali


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: February 25, 1984
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech

About this Case

Mr. Bahram Afzali is among the 282 individuals listed in a United Nations Report on The Situation of Human Right in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Note by the Secretary General), published on 13 November 1985. The report lists these individuals as “Persons who were allegedly summarily and arbitrarily executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran: 1984-1985.”

Additional information regarding Captain Bahram Afzali’s execution was sent to Omid via an electronic form by a person familiar with his case. Captain Afzali was an engineer and a captain in the Navy. Based on the information sent to Omid, he played an important role in one military operation against Iraq (during the Iran-Iraq war) which by 1981 had severely crippled the Iraqi Navy.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the form, Mr. Afzali was executed for having differing political ideologies from the regime. He was accused of being an “infiltrating element”.

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 on Mr. Afzali’s defense.


No specific information is available about the verdict leading to this execution. The UN report states the date of execution as February 25, 1984. However, according the electronic form sent to Omid, he was executed in 1985.

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