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One Person’s Story

Javid Kamankesh


Age: 15
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: October 20, 1981
Location of Killing: Borujerd, Lorestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Corruption on earth; Participating in clashes with revolutionary guards and or Bassij brothers; Printing/distributing leaflets; War on God, God's Prophet and the deputy of the Twelfth Imam

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Javid Kamankesh, son of Javad, along with six others, was published in theJomhuri Eslami newspaper on October 21, 1981. The Public Relations Department of the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office issued an announcement concerning these executions, the defendants' names, and their charges.

News of the execution of Mr. Javid Kamankesh was also published in the Peykar publication, number 125, on November 2, 1981.

Mr. Javid Kamankesh 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. Javid Kamankesh 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. Javid Kamankesh were announced as, "participation in street fighting, activities against the Islamic Republic Regime, propaganda, and distribution of hand-written publications."

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. Javid Kamankesh's defense.


َThe Islamic Revolutionary Court of Borujerd identified Mr. Javid Kamankesh as, "Mohareb (fighter) against God and the Prophet, Mofsed(corruptor on Earth), and Baghi (rebel)." He was condemned to death and the ruling carried out on October 20, 1981. No detailed information is available concerning this execution.

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