Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Mehran Sa'adat Niaki


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: December 1, 1981
Location of Killing: Nowshahr, Mazandaran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting

About this Case

Mr. Mehran Sa’adat Niaki is one of the 430 individuals whose names appear on the list of “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Andeesheh va Peykar. This list contains the names of those members of the organization who died after the revolution of 1979. More than 400 of the individuals on this list have been executed. Additional information was obtained from an electronic form sent by a relative of the defendant to the Omid site, as well Abdorrahman Boroumand Center’s interview (ABC interview) with an informed source on July 26, 2018.

According to the electronic form, Mr. Mehran Sa’adat Niaki, son of Mohammad Reza, was born to a middle-class family in Amol in 1959. He was single and a radiology student. He had three brothers and one sister. He was a down-to-earth young man with a simple lifestyle who looked the part of a guerilla. He spent his summers among the people in the company of his friends in the summer home areas of Mazandaran, and helped locals with tasks such as gardening. He took part in the everyday laboring of people, wanting to become close to them. He spent a great deal of time with children and youth, and wanted to encourage them to think and not waste their time. He lived in student housing with a few of his friends. Ali Reza, one of his brothers, was executed by firing squad in Evin prison on September 16, 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

Mr. Sa’adat Niaki was arrested in Mashhad, but the circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known.


No information is available on Mr. Sa’adat Niaki’s trial.


The charge brought against Mr. Sa’adat Niaki is unknown.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against Mr. Sa’adat Niaki.


No information is available on Mr. Sa’adat Niaki’s defense.


Mr. Mehran Sa’adat Niaki was put to death in a mass firing squad execution on December 2, 1981 at the Revolutionary Guards prison in Noshahr. According to an informed source, he and a number of other of those killed were buried in a common mass grave in the Noshahr prison yard. A year after Mr. Sa’adat Niaki’s execution, a Revolutionary Guard by the name of Khalaj showed the grave to his father (ABC interview). 

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