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One Person’s Story

Kazem Naderi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: August 15, 1981
Location of Killing: Arak, Markazi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Corruption on earth; Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic; Bombing; Sympathizing with anti-regime guerilla groups; Apostasy; War on God

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Kazem Naderi, along with another person, was published in the Kayhannewspaper on August 15, 1981.

Mr. Kazem Naderi 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.

Mr. Kazem Naderi is one of the 12,028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization on September 6, 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.

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

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Kazem Naderi were announced as, “participation in the explosion of Qom railroad in the current year (1981), organizing resistance cells in Samsami High School in Arak, and recruiting innocent youngsters for the Peykar Organization, masterminding unrest and clashes in Samsami High School during the previous year, armed uprising against the Islamic Republic, and believing in all positions set by the mentioned organization.” Also, “Kazem Naderi pretended to regret [his activities] in order to escape justice in the first few days after his arrest, but he intended to mislead the Revolutionary Guards by his writings in the prison.”

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. Kazem Naderi's defense.


َThe Islamic Revolutionary Court of Arak identified Mr. Kazem Naderi as "Mohareb (fighter) against God and the Prophet, Mofsed (corruptor on Earth), and Mortad (apostate)." He was condemned to death and the Supreme Judicial Council confirmed the ruling. He was executed in Arak on August 15, 1981 at dawn.

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