Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

Omid, a memorial in defense of human rights in Iran
One Person’s Story

Fariba Elahi Panah


Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: December 7, 1981
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech

About this Case

The information about Ms. Fariba Elahi Panah was sent to Omid by a friend, via an electronic form. She was born in August 1961 in Tehran. She was a student of mathematics in Tarbiat Moalem university in Tehran. She sympathized with the Peykar Organization.

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

Ms. Elahi Panah was arrested in Tehran in November 1981. She was held in Evin prison.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Ms. Elahi Panah was charged with affiliation with the Peykar Organization.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available on Ms. Elahi Panah’s defense.


There is no information on the verdict leading to this execution. Ms. Elahi Panah was shot by firing squad on December 7, 1981, at the age of 20. She is buried in Khavaran cemetery.

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