Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Seyed Qorban Hosseini


Age: 35
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: January 9, 1983
Location of Killing: Central Prison (Dizelabad), Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Membership of anti-regime guerilla group
Age at time of alleged offense: 35

About this Case

News and information of the execution of Mr. Seyed Qorban Hosseini, son of Seyedeh Ezat and Seyed Vali, was sent to Abdorrahman Boroumand Center via an electronic form by a person close to him on December 18, 2018. (E-form 12-18-18) News of execution of Mr. Hosseini along with four other persons was also announced by the Public Relations of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Islam Abad-e Gharb and reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily on January 9, 1982. In addition, he  is 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. His name is also included ion the list of executed people published by the Fadayian Khalq Organization. Additional information has been collected from a letter by his family members.

Mr. Hosseini was born in Gahvareh city in Kermanshah. He was single, had high school diploma, and was a math teacher. He was a supporter of Fadayian Khalq Minority Organization.

Mr. Hosseini spent some of his teaching time in Ilam Province and started his job in Kermanshah towards the end of 70s. He and some of his coworkers, among them Hormoz Gorji Bayani, established the “Kermanshah Teacher Union” in 1978. “Family members, relatives, people from his home village, and his coworkers described him as a person with charismatic and at the same time diplomatic personality. He was so attached to the problems and concerns of the people and his social activities were the major part of his life. His social and political activities started in the spring of 1979.” (Letter from the family members) Being expelled from the Ministry of Education in 1980, Mr. Hosseini returned to Gahvareh village and mainly did farming while getting ready to get married.

The Fadayian 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 theSoviet Union. The Fadayian Khalq Minority opposed the Islamic Republic and was mainly active in the political arena and the labor movement.

Arrest and detention

I his return from Eslam Abad-e Gharb in June 1982, Mr. Hosseini was arrested in Kermanshah. Upon arrest, he was interrogated and tortured in the detention center of Islamic Revolutionary Komite of Islam Abad-e Gharb. After several weeks, they transferred him to solitary confinement in Dizelabad Prison in Kermanshah. Mr. Hosseini was in prison for 7 months. His last visit with his family was in the first week of October 1982. (Letter from the family members)


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Eslam Abad-e Gharb tried Mr. Hosseini (Jomhuri Eslami newspaper). He was not allowed to have a lawyer and the details of his trial session/s are not known.


Mr. Hosseini was reported to be charged with “membership in the Fadaiyan Khalq Guerilla Organization (Minority Faction) and active involvement in that organization, and being in charge of its military wing.” (Jomhuri Eslami Newspaper)

 The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.  International human rights organizations have drawn attention to reports indicating that the Islamic Republic authorities have brought trumped-up charges, including drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences, against their opponents (including political, civil society activists, as well as unionists and ethnic and religious minorities). Each year Iranian authorities sentence to death hundreds of alleged common criminals, following judicial processes that fail to meet international standards. The exact number of people convicted and executed based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Hosseini.


No information is available on Mr. Hosseini’s defense.


The Islamic Revolutionary Court of Eslam Abad-e Gharb sentenced Mr. Seyed Qorban to death and the Islamic Revolution’s Supreme Tribunal of Qom, confirmed the sentence. Mr. Hosseini was executed by firing squad in Dizelabad Prison in Kermanshah on January 09, 1983.

Mr. Hosseini’s body was given to the family. In spite of  a lot of pressure from the Revolutionary Komite, the family organized a memorial ceremony with the attendance of many people.

The execution of Seyed Qorban Hosseini had a very deep and reparable effect on the family; a close family member says: “Executing Seyed was like executing the whole family”.

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