Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Rahman Rajabi Hamvand


Age: 28
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 28, 1996
Location of Killing: Orumieh Prison, Orumieh, Azarbaijan-e Gharbi Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Unspecified execution method
Charges: Membership of anti-regime guerilla group

About this Case

Mr. Rahman Rajabi Hamvand is among the 64 individuals listed in the United Nations Interim Report (11 October 1996) and the United Nations Report (21 March 1996) on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran prepared by the Special Representative of the Commission, Mr. Maurice Danby Copithorne.

Mr. Rajabi Hamvand was reportedly a member of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDIK).

Based on the Interim Report, the Special Representative requested information on the case of this person in February 1996 while he was in Tehran and sent two letters, dated 7 May and 19 July 1996, requesting the Government to ensure that this person could fully benefit from all the internationally recognized procedural safeguards provided for in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in the annex to Economic and Social Council resolution 1984/50 of 25 May 1984, entitled "Safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty".

Arrest and detention

Based on the reports, the defendant was detained at Darya Prison in Orumiyeh.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


Based on the March 21 report, "[Mr. Rajabi Hamvand] had been convicted on charges of murder, plunder and brigandage, being an active member of an armed terrorist group, participating in assassination of civilians and terrorizing people in Kurdistan province, according to the information provided to the Special Representative on 15 February1996 by Mr. Rahbar Poor, head of the Revolutionary Courts of Tehran, and by the Permanent Representative." The Interim Report also noted that "this person's trial was initiated by a private complaint of an individual who reportedly had personal differences with him but who subsequently renounced his complaint."

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. Rajabi Hamvand's defense. However, according to the Special Representative, the defendant denied the charge of assassination.


Mr. Rajabi Hamvand was sentenced to death in October 1995. Following the Special Representative's request for information about this case, he was informed by the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Office at Geneva, by letter dated 29 February 1996, that the Supreme Court had confirmed the death sentence. Based on the Interim Report, the defendant's request for clemency was rejected by the Amnesty Council and he was executed.

Correct/ Complete This Entry