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One Person’s Story

Parviz Abbasi


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer


Date of Killing: July 8, 1981
Location of Killing: Shiraz, Fars Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unspecified counter-revolutionary offense; Armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic; Actively opposing the Islamic Republic

About this Case

The execution of Mr. Parviz Abbasi, son of Seyfollah, was announced in the Keyhan newspaper on July 11, 1981.

The Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class was founded by a number of dissident members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization who had converted to Marxism-Leninism. Peykar was also joined by a number of political organizations, known as Khat-e Se (Third line). The founding tenets of Peykar included the rejection of guerrilla struggle and a strong stand against the pro-Soviet policies of the Iranian Tudeh Party. Peykar viewed the Soviet Union as a “Social imperialist” state, believed that China had deviated from the Marxist-Leninist principles, and radically opposed all factions of the Islamic regime of Iran. The brutal repression of dissidents by the Iranian government and splits within Peykar in 1981 and 1982 effectively dismantled the Organization and scattered its supporters. By the mid-1980s, Peykar was no longer in existence.

Arrest and detention

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


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


The charges against Mr. Parviz Abbasi were announced as “armed rebellion against the Islamic Republic, rioting, membership in the Central Committee of the Peykar Organization in the south, and Coordinator in Fars, Bushehr, and Bandar Abbas provinces [sic].”

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

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


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


The court identified Mr. Parviz Abbasi “an enemy of God and His prophet” and condemned him to death. He was executed by a firing squad in Shiraz on July 8, 1981.

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