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One Person’s Story

Tahereh Poshtiban


Age: 21
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: January 10, 1982
Location of Killing: Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unspecified anti-revolutionary offense

About this Case

Ms. Tahereh Poshtiban, daughter of Baqer & Kolsum is one of the 430 individuals whose names appear on the list of “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Andeesheh va Peykar. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the revolution of 1979. More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed. The rest of the information is received from friends and relatives. According to the existing information, Ms. Poshtiban was 21 years old, single and was born in Rasht, Gilan. She had seven sisters and brothers and was the last child in the family. She graduated from high school in 1979. When she was a student, she joined the supporters of Peikar Organziation. She used to distribute leaflets, Peikar publications and also write slogans. She also lived in the organization’s safe houses for some time. She had left the organization and her organizational activities few months before she was arrested because of her criticisms on the organization.

According to her friends, Ms. Poshtiban was kind-hearted, emotional and humanitarian. When her brother was disappeared during the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, felt very responsible towards her brother’s four children and spent most of her time with them. After she was executed, her brother’s wife says: “It seems that I lost my husband for the second time.” Ms. Poshtiban had a special wrath on the obscurantism and injustice of the Islamic Republic. Most people in the neighborhood knew her and her thoughts.

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

Based on the existing information, there was a door bell at Ms. Poshtiban’s house on 23 December 1981 around midnight when everyone was sleeping. Her father went into the yard to open the door. Armed people were standing on the walls. The revolutionary guards jump inside the yard; two of them enter the house and ask for Ms. Poshtiban. There was no arrest warrant with them. Ms. Poshtiban who was just woken up, started cursing at them. The revolutionary guards asked her to put on her clothes and they take her with them on a Peikan car. They also took books and photo albums that were in the house.

Ms. Poshtiban was in the prison for 18 days. Based on the information provided to ABF, they first took him to Revolutionary Guards building in Rasht which used to be the “Mohammad Reza Shah” High School before the revolution. Later, she was transferred to the Navy Prison that was the women’s prison at that time. There is no exact information on how many days she stayed there. She must have spent the very last days of her life in Chalus. Ms. Poshtiban’s mother used to go to the navy hospital every day but they never allowed her to see her daughter. They also didn't tell her about Ms. Poshtiban’s transfer to Chalus Prison.


No information is available on Ms. Poshtiban’s trial.


There is no information available on the charges against Ms. Poshtiban, either.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Ms. Poshtiban.


No information is available on Ms. Poshtiban’s defense.


Based on the existing information, Ms. Tahereh Poshtiban along with her three friends and comrades (Ms. Tahereh MirehsanMs. Minu Sotudehpeima, and Ms. Sediqe Falakru) was executed in Chalus on 10 January 1982.

Revolutionary Guards took their bodies to the Revolutioanry Guard’s hospital in Lahijan n the same day. But her family was informed through a relative of an executed person on January 13th. Her father and brother went to Lahijan, requested to receive her body and took her body from the hospital the day after. When they got the body of Ms. Poshtiban, there were burn marks on her chest and abdomen. There were also marks of rope on her feet. With the follow up of her father, the body of Ms. Poshtiban was buried in the public cemetery in Rasht.

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