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One Person’s Story

Morteza Qal'ehdar


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


Date of Killing: November 29, 1983
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting

About this Case

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News of the execution of Mr. Morteza Qal'edar and his will were published in the Peykargar magazine (publication of the Peykar Student Union in West Berlin), number 6, in February of 1985. Mr. Qal'edar is also 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. Further information was provided by one of his former comrades.

According to Peykargar, Mr. Morteza Qal'edar was born in 1953 in Borujerd (in the western province of Lorestan). He entered Tabriz University in 1969. After the revolution, he participated in founding a group called "The Revolutionaries for the Liberation of the Working Class." This group joined the Peykar organization in 1980. He was active in a Southern District of the organization and then joined the Khuzestan Committee of the Peykar organization. According to his comrade, Mr. Qal'edar was a courteous and kind man with a great sense of responsibility. He was married and had a daughter.

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

According to the Peykargar publication, Mr. Morteza Qal'edar was preparing to leave the country, but was arrested a few days before his departure when attempting to visit the hiding place of his documents and books in order to give them to his comrades. No other detail is known about his arrest and detention.


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Qal'edar’s charges.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant. However, according to the Peykargar report, he was identified by the regime's agents in prison.


No information is available on Mr. Qal'edar's defense.


According to the Peykargar report, Mr. Qal'edar was executed by firing squad in Tehran on November 29, 1983. The will left for his mother is dated November 29, 1983. He says in his will, “My good dear mother, I’m sorry that I was unable to provide for you and could not present you with everything that would make you happy... I only wish you joy and success. I greet my beloved wife and daughter. I wish them health and happiness...”

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