Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Mas'ud Jigare'i


Age: 27
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: December, 1982
Location of Killing: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam; Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech

About this Case

Mas’ud Jigare’i was politically adept, even in high school, ultimately serving on Peykar’s Central Committee.  Loud laughter, dark humor, and “boundless love,” were part of his legacy.

Information about Mr. Mas’ud Jigare’i was sent to Omid in a letter from a relative. Additional information was gathered from an interview with a relative of his wife. He is also one of the 430 “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class,” published on the Andeesheh va Peykar website. Of the 430 listed, 400 are members and sympathizers of the Peykar organization who have been executed.

Mr. Jigare’i was born in Tehran on July 5, 1955. His father worked at the Tehran Tobacco Factory and was a political prisoner under the monarchy. His mother was from a religious family in Esfahan. However, she vehemently opposed what she believed was outdated and reactionary thinking of conservative religion.

As a high school student, Mr. Jigare’i established a Marxist group, the work of which focused on social and political research. He was a brilliant student of Khajeh Nasiroddin Tusi High School in Tehran. When he took the national university entrance exam, he had the third highest score in electronics of those admitted to Tehran University. However, he declined the offer to attend Tehran University and enrolled in the School of Education in Qazvin, thinking he would be more useful as a public educator. He distributed oppositional leaflets in factories. He and a few friends established a communist cell in Qazvin and were politically active in that cell for four years. He joined a Marxist group that split from the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO). This new group became known as the Peykar Organization; and Mr. Jigare’i had an active role in its establishment in 1978. For security reasons, he had little contact with his family since the age of 18.

Mr. Jigare’i’s relative remembers “his brilliance and his boundless love.” “He was well-loved among family members, friends, and acquaintances. Anyone who knew him will never forget his loud laughter. He liked to joke and no one was immune to his simple and dark humor.” Mr. Jigare’i married Ms. Manijeh Hoda’i, who was also affiliated with Peykar.

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

In early February 1982, the revolutionary guards surrounded Mr. Jigare’i’s house in Tehran and arrested him and his wife when they returned home at night. The officials announced their arrest on February 11, 1982. Other leaders of the Peykar Organization were arrested at the same time. At the time of arrest, Mr. Jigare’i was one of the five members of the Peykar Central Committee.

Initially, Mr. Jigare’i and his wife were taken to the detention center of the Joint Committee. (The Joint Anti-Sabotage Committee was established under the monarchy and used as an interrogation and torture location. After the Revolution, this detention center was renamed Tohidi Prison, also known as Ward 3000. Most cells in the prison are solitary. In the late 1990s, the detention center was turned into the Ebrat Museum.)

Mr. Jigare’i and his wife were transferred to Evin Prison a few weeks after their arrest. During the 11 months that he was imprisoned, Mr. Jigare’i was held incommunicado.


No information is available about Mr. Jigare’i’s trial.


No information is available about the official charges against Mr. Jigare’i. Based on the letter of his relative, he was charged with “being at war with God, anti-revolutionary, and opposed to the regime.”

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. Jigare’i’s defense in court. He defended his political beliefs in prison.


Mr. Mas’ud Jigare’i and his wife were shot by firing squad in December 1982. He was 27 years old.

Iranian authorities did not announce the date of his execution and the location of his burial to his family. His name is not registered in Behesht-e Zahra, the public cemetery in Tehran. Therefore, it appears that he is buried at Khavaran, a cemetery where affiliates of Peykar and other leftist organizations have been buried. The graves at Khavaran are not marked; hence it cannot be verified who is buried at each grave.

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