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One Person’s Story

Zahra (Tahereh) Mirehsan


Age: 23
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: January 10, 1982
Location of Killing: Chalus, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Ms. Tahereh Mirehsan, daughter of MohammadAli and Bajalal, 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. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the 1979 revolution . More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed.

Additional Information has been received from her friends, people who knew her and her comrades at the Organization.

Ms. Mirehsan is also one of 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 available information, Ms. Mirehsan was born in a traditional – religious family in Lahijan. She was 23 years old, single and had high school diploma. She was a very good student at school. She was sensitive, emotional and organized. Upon finishing high school, she started working at Qazvin Spool factory with one of her friends. She joined Peykar Organization in 1979 and became a member in early 1981. She was active in the student department of the Peykar Organization. After a while, she was transferred to the publication department of the Organization in Rasht. Friends and relatives remember her as a good and noble person. They say she loved people; she was sensitive, reliable, mature and cordial.

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 available information, Ms. Mirehsan was arrested along with two other friends at her home in Rasht on either 22 or 23 December 1981. It seems that the house had been under surveillance. The revolutionary guards jumped over the walls into the yard and took all three away. Their room was sealed by the Prosecutor’s office. Ms. Mirehsan was in Rasht for a couple of days and spent her last days of detention in Chalus Prison. She did not have any visitations during her 19 days of detention.


No information is available on Ms. Mirehsan’s trial.


No information is available on Ms. Mirehsan'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 does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Ms. Mirehsan.


No information is available on Ms. Mirehsan's defense.


According to information collected on Ms. Mirehsan, she was executed by firing squad in Chalus on January 10, 1982 along with her three other friends. (Ms. Sediqe FalakruMs. Minu Sotudehpeima, and Ms. Tahereh Poshtiban)

The revolutionary guards took her body to Lahijan hospital on the same day. Ms. Mirehsan and Ms. Minu Sotudehpeima’s bodies were turned over to their families after they obtained a written permission and verbally pledged not to conduct any funeral ceremonies. They took the bodies to Agha Seyyed Mohammad cemetery. Tahereh’s friends washed her body there. She had been shot once in the chest and once in the head. The authorities did not allow the family to bury her in the public cemetery because she was a communist. Ms. Mirehsan and Ms. Sotudepima, who were relatives, were buried in a family garden in Choshal village in Lahijan. Ms. Mirehsan was 23 years old.

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