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One Person’s Story

Hossein Avardin


Age: 45
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: May 1, 1983
Location: Evin Prison, Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Hossein Avardin is taken from the book Our Martyrs in the Path to Freedom by Rah-e Kargar publications, copyright 1988. He began his political activities in the 1950s. During the 1960s, he joined the Revolutionary Communists Organization of Iran (SAKA). In 1970, he was arrested and imprisoned until the 1979 Revolution. He was one of the first members of the Rah-e Kargar Organization.

"Rah-e Kargar" or the "Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran" was established in the summer of 1979. The Organization was founded by individuals from various leftist groups who rejected the idea of armed struggle and believed in political action. They introduced themselves as Marxist-Leninists, promoting a socialist revolution and the leadership of the proletariat. They differed with the pro-Soviet communist party, Tudeh, in that they opposed the Islamic Republic and Ayatollah Khomeini's leadership.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown. According to the Rah-e Kargar book, the authorities arrested Mr. Ordin at a secret meeting, to which they had been alerted to by one of the members of the Rah-e Kargar Organization. He was taken to Evin Prison. He had several visits with his wife and child, but the dates are unknown. According to the same source, he was under tremendous pressure to take part in a televised confession, but, he never accepted.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Avardin’s charges. According to the book, the head of the Evin Prison, Asadollah Lajevardi, who had been Mr. Ordin’s prison mate before the Revolution and knew him, had announced in front of other prisoners that "he [Mr. Ordin] is a communist by nature."

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution contains no evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available about the defendant’s defense.


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution. Mr. Ordin was executed by a firing squad in the Evin Prison on May 1, 1983.

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