Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

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One Person’s Story

Kurosh Yekta


Age: 19
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: September 22, 1980
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Arbitrary execution

About this Case

The information about Mr. Kurosh Yekta is taken from the book Our Martyrs for Freedom and Socialism by Rah-e Kargar Publications. He was born in Kuchesfahan (near Rasht in Gilan province). While he was a high school student, he became a sympathizer of the Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran, Rah-e Kargar.

"Rah-e Kargar" or the "Revolutionary Workers Organization of Iran" was established in the summer of 1979. The Organization was founded by individuals from various leftist groups who rejected the idea of armed struggle and believed in political action. They identified themselves as Marxist-Leninists, promoting a socialist revolution and the leadership of the proletariat. They differed with the pro-Soviet communist party, Tudeh, in that they opposed the Islamic Republic and Ayatollah Khomeini's leadership.

Arrest and detention

Mr. Kurosh Yekta was never arrested.


Mr. Kurosh Yekta did not have a trial.


No official charges have been brought against Mr. Kurosh Yekta.


Mr. Kurosh Yekta did not have the opportunity to defend himself.


On July 24, 1980, the Revolutionary Guards shot him through the spinal cord during a demonstration. He died in the hospital on September 22, 1980. Next day, a huge group of people participated in his funeral procession. The Hezbollahis broke his tombstone several times. Whether or not the security forces had orders to shoot the demonstrators is not known.

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