Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Ali Golavij


Age: 63
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: 1985
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Death in custody
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Ali Golavij is taken from the book The Tudeh Martyrs, copyright 2001 by The Tudeh Party of Iran Publications. He was born in Bukan. In 1941, he joined the Kurdistan movement. In 1946, he went abroad to continue his education. He had a PhD in Economics from the Soviet Azarbaijan. He was a member of the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party.

The Tudeh Party of Iran was created in 1941. The Tudeh's ideology was Marxist-Leninist and it supported the former Soviet Union's policies. The Tudeh Party played a major role in Iran's political scene until it was banned for the second time following the August 19, 1953 coup. After the 1979 Revolution, the Tudeh Party declared that the Ayatollah Khomeini and his Islamic Republic regime revolutionaries and anti-imperialists and actively supported the new government. Although the Tudeh Party never opposed the Islamic Republic, it became the target of its attacks from 1982 when most of the Party's leaders and members were imprisoned.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are unknown. Mr. Golavij was arrested on April 27, 1983.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Golavij’s charges.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available about the defendant’s defence.


According to the book The Tudeh Martyrs, Mr. Golavij died under torture in 1985. No information is available about any possible ruling against him.

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