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One Person’s Story

Shokrollah Daneshyar


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


Date of Killing: October 19, 1980
Location of Killing: Abadan, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting
Charges: Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech; Printing/distributing leaflets

About this Case

News of the execution of Mr. Shokrollah Daneshyar, along with two others, was published in the Peykar publication (number 79, November 3, 1980) and in the War Newsletter (Peykar, special issue number 6, November 6, 1980). Mr. Daneshyar 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.

Mr. Daneshyar was a sympathizer of this organization in Abadan. He was in charge of the Peykar’s tents in Abadan, set up to help those displaced due to the Iran-Iraq War.

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. Daneshyar was arrested in the Peykar’s tents in Abadan on September 24, 1980.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


According to the Peykar publication, the charge against Mr. Daneshyar was “being in charge of Peykar’s tents in Abadan, set up to help the displaced persons.” The Andeesheh va Peykar website states that he was charged with speech opposing the war.

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. Daneshyar’s defense.


Mr. Daneshyar was executed by firing squad in Abadan on October 19, 1980.

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