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One Person’s Story

Majid Reza Khosravi Kamrani


Age: 21
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 15, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Majid Reza Khosravi Kamrani, son of Nasrollah, along with 18 others, was published in the Keyhan and Jomhuri Eslami newspapers on August 16, 1981. The Public Relations Department of the Revolutionary Prosecution Office of Tehran issued a communiqué about these executions and released it to the Pars news agency. Mr. Khosravi Kamrani 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 Andeesheh va Peykar. The Peykar magazine (No. 118 dated September 14, 1981) published a short article about him, and an individual close to him sent additional information about him to Omid via an electronic form. Furthermore, Mr. Khosravi Kamrani is among the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization 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.

According to Peykar, Mr. Khosravi Kamrani was born in 1960. He was very intelligent and at age 15 he graduated from high school with honors. He traveled to the United States of America to continue his education and started his political activism in International Student Confederation, along other Iranian students. One of his comrades appreciates the fact that at the time of his arrest, Mr. Khosravi Kamrani gave this comrade’s phone number to a friend who later informed him of Mr. Khosravi Kamrani’s arrest. Consequently, this comrade escaped before the authorities could arrest him as well (Peykar). A friend notes that, “Majid was a young man with dreams of being involved with large projects. He had no idea what the real world was.”

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 “social 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

Based on the available information, Mr. Khosravi Kamrani was arrested in Tehran at 1:00 a.m. on August 12, 1981. He was detained at Evin Prison and reportedly spent only a few of days in detention before being executed


No specific information is available on Mr. Khosravi Kamrani’s trial, but he was reportedly tried the same day that he was arrested (based on the electronic form).


According to the communiqué of the Public Prosecution Office, Mr. Khosravi Kamrani was an “active member of the propaganda section of the Peykar Organization, which opposed the nation. He used his employment at the C.P.Q. Trading Company as a disguise for his political activity.” Mr. Khosravi Kamrani and 18 others were also collectively charged with “attacking innocent people, assault and battery, murder, frequenting the safe houses, activities aimed at overthrowing the Islamic Republic regime, planning to assassinate officials, intending to carry out plans for world imperialism led by the US.” The communiqué does not mention the personal charges brought against any single defendant.

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. Khosravi Kamrani’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced Mr. Khosravi Kamrani to death. He was executed at dawn, on August 15, 1981 in Evin Prison.

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