Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Victoria Dolatshahi


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


Date of Killing: August 7, 1981
Location of Killing: Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

Information about Ms. Victoria Dolatshahi has been sent to Omid via two electronic forms. She is on the list of 430 “Martyrs of the Peykar Organization for the Liberation of the Working Class” published on the website of Peykar Andeesheh, one of the 12028 individuals listed in an addendum to the Mojahed magazine (No 261), and the Peykar magazine, No. 118 (Sep. 14, 1981).

Ms. Dolatshahi was born in Kermanshah in a prominent Kurdish family. According to the form, she was a “free spirit who loved history and literature.” She was a senior student at Parvin E’tesami high school and a sympathizer of 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

The exact circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. The sender of electronic form states that she was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards, in accordance with the order of a local Shiite Cleric in the evening of June 22, 1981; during her detention in Dizelabad prison, she was tortured.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on the charges brought against Ms. Dolatshahi.

Evidence of guilt

According to the Peykar magazine, the state officials found no evidence to prove Ms. Dolatshahi was a sympathizer of the Organization.


No information is available on the defense.


The details of the verdict leading to this execution are not known. According to the Peykar list, Ms. Victoria Dolatshahi was executed by a firing squad in Kermanshah on August 7, 1981.

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