Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Na'imeh Rad


Age: 24
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: September, 1982
Location of Killing: Mashhad, Khorasan\Khorasan-e Razavi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Ms. Na’imeh Rad has been drawn from an interview with a relative. She is also one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by Mojahedin Khalq Organization in 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.

In her childhood, Ms. Rad was a happy, mischievous, and very smart child. Since then she was interested in medicine and would visit the hospital, where her mother worked as a nurse. She helped the nurses in the hospital and had gone to the operation room to observe the surgery before even admitted to medical school. In university, she would repeat her lessons to other after the class. Before the 1979 Revolution, she became interested in the Mojahedin Khalq Organization and met Mohammad Qobadpur, whom she married in 1981. They went underground the same year. Her husband died in street armed clashes.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Ms. Rad’s arrest and detention are not known. She wrote letter to her mother even when she lived underground. When her mother stopped receiving letter, she feared that Ms. Rad might have been arrested. The authorities never officially announced her arrest to her family, but they believe that she was arrested in 1982 in Mashad. Ms. Rad was held incommunicado during her detention.


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. Rad’s defense.


No specific information is available about the verdict leading to this execution. Ms. Na’imeh Rad was shot by a firing squad in Mashad in August/September 1982 (Mojahed magazine). The authorities never announced her execution to her family. When Ms. Rad’s mother stopped receiving her letters, she started listening to Mojahedin Khalq Organization’s radio broadcasting from Iraq to maybe learn about Ms. Rad’s whereabouts. This radio announced her name among other executed individuals in Mashad in 1982.

Ms. Rad’s mother and brother went to Mashad’s revolutionary guards’ building. They were given a sealed envelope and told to go to the courthouse of the Islamic Revolutionary Court. There, they found out that the letter inside the sealed envelope said that Ms. Rad was executed. But the authorities refused to tell them where her body was buried. Her mother and brother then went to the cemetery, to the section where the executed persons were buried. After a verbal fight with the cemetery guard, they forced him to look into the registry and show them Ms. Rad’s burial location.

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