Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Zahra Atlaschian


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: July, 1981
Location of Killing: Maqar-e Pasdaran Detention Center, Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: War on God

About this Case

The information about Ms. Zahra Atlaschian has been drawn from an electronic form sent to Omid by an individual familiar with this case. 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.

According to the available information, Ms. Atlaschian studied at the dental school of Esfahan University. She was affiliated with the Mojahedin Khalq Organization.

Arrest and detention

The exact circumstances of Ms. Atlaschian’s arrest and detention are not known, other than she was arrested in June 20, 1981 in the Mojahedin demonstration. During her detention in Esfahan prison, she was severely tortured (electronic form).

The demonstration of June 20, 1981, took place in protest against the parliament’s impeachment of President Banisadr and the Islamic Republic’s systematic policy of excluding the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from the country’s political scene, the refusal of Ayatollah Khomeini to meet with MKO leaders and his insistence for them to disarm. The MKO had until then supported the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini and agreed to function within the framework of the new political system.

On June 20, the Organization officially changed its policy and tried to overthrow the regime by organizing mass demonstrations, in which some of the demonstrators were armed, all over the country. These demonstrations, which were severely suppressed and resulted in the killing of dozens of demonstrators, were followed by a wave of mass arrests and executions by the Revolutionary Guards and para-military forces that targeted not only the MKO, but all other opposition groups. The massive repression, unprecedented in the history of the Islamic Republic, legitimized as official government policy the months-old state harassment and suppression of dissidents and resulted in the banning of all forms of independent political dissent.


There is no information regarding this trial.


Ms. Atlaschian was charged with “being at war with God” (electronic form).

Evidence of guilt

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


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


No specific information is available about the verdict leading to this execution. Ms. Zahra Atlaschian died under torture at the headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards Corps in Esfahan.

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