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One Person’s Story

Majid Zare'i Fathabadi


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


Date of Killing: June 19, 1981
Location: Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting (extrajudicial)

About this Case

Mr. Majid Zare’i Fathabadi is one of hundreds of individuals who were extrajudicially executed since the 1979 revolution. In many cases, these killings were carried out by agents of the Islamic Republic or can reasonably be assumed to be the result of the Iranian government policy.

The information about Mr. Zare’i Fathabadi is taken from the book Our Martyrs for Freedom and Socialism by Rah-e Kargar Publications. He had high school education and was a factory worker. He joined the Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran, Rah-e Kargar in early 1980. One day before his death, he told a friend that the Revolutionary Guards had identified him.

"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 identified 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

Mr. Majid Zare’i Fathabadi was never arrested.


Mr. Majid Zare’i Fathabadi was not summoned before a court, and no public trial was held in this case.


There were no official charges against Mr. Majid Zare’i Fathabadi. According to the above book, his charge might have been the distribution of leaflets.

Evidence of guilt

He was killed while distributing leaflets.


Mr. Majid Zare’i Fathabadi was not given the opportunity to defend himself in a court of law before being killed.


Mr. Majid Zare’i Fathabadi was shot and killed on June 19, 1981 as he was distributing leaflets on Keshavarz Boulevard in Tehran. Whether or not he was charged and convicted in absentia, or whether the state agents had official orders to shoot those who distributed leaflets is not known.

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