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One Person’s Story

Ramin Sharifi


Age: 26
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: December 7, 2003
Location of Killing: Saqqez Garrison, Saqqez, Kordestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Acting against state's security

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Ramin Sharifi was published on the websites of Radio Farda on December 8, 2003, Asreno on December 11, 2003, and the United States Foreign Ministry on November 3, 2005. Additional information was taken from an interview by the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF Interview) with a person close to Mr. Sharifi.

Mr. Sharifi was a Kurd, a single young man from the Merangevereh Village near Divandareh in Kurdistan. He had a middle-school education, was a Sunni and a member of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. (ABF interview)

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) was founded in 1945 with the goal to gain autonomy for Kurdistan, in north-western Iran. After the Revolution, conflicts between the new central Shiite government and mainly Sunni Kurdistan regarding the role of minorities in the drafting of the constitution, specification of Shiite as the official state religion, and particularly the autonomy of the region, ended in armed clashes between the Revolutionary Guards and the Peshmerga (the militia of the PDKI). The PDKI boycotted the referendum of April 1, 1979, when people went to polls to vote for or against the Islamic regime. On August 19, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini called the PDKI the “party of Satan” and declared it “unofficial and illegal.” Mass executions and fighting broke out and continued for several months in the region. By 1983, the PDKI had lost much of its influence in the region. In the years since various leaders of the PDKI have been assassinated. Following internal disputes, the party split in 2006 and two organizations were established as “The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan,” and “The Democratic Party of Kurdistan.”

Arrest and detention

Mr. Sharifi was arrested by two security force agents at the Shanaz Quarter in Saqqez and transferred to the security forces headquarters in Saqqez on June 17, 2003 at 9 p.m. According to a person close to him, Mr. Sharifi planned to visit his sick mother, who suffered from cancer, and perform some political activities in Saqqez. The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan sent him in company with two Peshmerga. (ABF interview)

He was transferred to the detention center of the Intelligence Office in Saqqez and detained in solitary confinement under physical and psychological pressure, and he was tortured for two and a half months. During this period, he was denied any visitation or contact with his family. His family was able to visit him only once at the Intelligence Office courtyard when they saw marks of tortures on Mr. Sharifi’s body including his broken nose and swelling face that made it difficult for them to recognize him. At the end of this period, Mr. Sharifi was transferred to the public prison in Saqqez. (ABF interview)      


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Saqqez tried Mr. Sharifi behind closed door. His attorney was present during the trial. No information is available on his trial.  


The charges brought against Mr. Sharifi were “acts against national security by being a member of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and entering the country armed.”  (ABF interview)

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

According to a person close to him, the evidence presented against Mr. Sharifi in his trial was a Colt weapon and an extra magazine. (ABF interview)


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


Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Saqqez condemned Mr. Ramin Sharifi to death and the Supreme Court confirmed the ruling. (ABF interview) There is no detail information regarding this execution.

Mr. Sharifi was hanged at the Saqqez Central Prison on December 7, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. His execution took place without legal process including a last visitation with his family, who were in Tehran at the time to follow up his case. His body was not returned to his family but was buried by officials at Behesht-e Mohammadi cemetery in Sanandaj. Mr. Sharifi’s relatives identified his grave location and exhumed his body to verify his identity. (ABF interview) 

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