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One Person’s Story

Qamar Biranvand


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: June 27, 1980
Location of Killing: Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Prostitution and/or procuring

About this Case

The execution of Ms. Qamar Biranvand was reported in the Jomhuri Eslami daily (June 29, 1980)

Arrest and detention

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


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


Based on the report, Ms. Biranvand was charged with the following: “selling her body and establishing several prostitution centers in Ahvaz’s Kuy e Ashena and in other cities throughout the years”, “exploiting and coercing women, girls, and children into prostitution through loan recognition)”, and “even trying to delude her own daughter to sell herself.”

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’s authorities have brought trumped up charges against their political opponents and executed them for drug trafficking, sexual, and other criminal offences. 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 based on trumped-up charges is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report mentioned that the verdict was issued based on the defendant’s “implicit statements and confession”, the witnesses’ and informed people’s testimonies, and documents available in her file.


No information is available on the accused’s defense.


Based on the report, Ms. Biranvand was sentenced to death at the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of Ahvaz. The sentence was carried out in the city at dawn.

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