Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Azar Latifi


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: December 6, 1981
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Information about Ms. Azar Latifi has been taekn from an electronic form sent to Omid by a former cellmate. She was a sympathizer of the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization. She had a petite body, she was quiet and did not speak much. She sang beautifully. One night she sang a heartbreaking song, for which other cellmates always remembered her.

The Fadaiyan Khalq Organization, a Marxist Leninist group inspired by the Cuban Revolution and the urban guerilla movements of Latin America, was founded in 1971 by two communist groups opposed to the Pahlavi regime. Following the 1979 revolution, the Organization, which had renounced armed struggle, split over their support of the Islamic Republic and of the Soviet Union. The Fadaiyan Khalq Minority opposed the Islamic Republic and was active mainly in the political arena and the labor movement.

Arrest and detention

Ms. Latifi was arrested around mid-November in 1981. The details of her arrest are not known. She was interrogated at Branch 6 of the Prosecutor’s Office in Evin prison. She was kept incommunicado and was denied the right to have an attorney and access to her file. She was detained for a only a few days in the ward known as “sanitarium,” room 6 in section 240.


There is no information regarding this trial.


The charges brought against the defendant are not known.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available concerning Ms. Latifi’s defense.


On December 6, 1981, her name was called in the afternoon. She left the cell and never returned. At around 8:30 p.m., her cellmates heard the noise of the firing squad, followed by single-shots (To ensure the death of prisoners, sometimes they were shot a single-shot after the firing squad had fired). Her cellmates counter 86 single-shots, which may mean that she was executed along with 85 other individuals.

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