Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Khosro Qahremani


Age: 20
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Islam
Civil Status: Single


Date of Killing: September, 1981
Location of Killing: Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Khosro Qahremani, son of Gholam Reza, has been sent to Omid through an electronic mail. His name is also mentioned in the book Fallen for Freedom: 20,000 PMOI Martyrs published by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in 2006. He was born in Tehran in April 1961 and was a sympathizer of this Organization. He graduated from Darolfonun high school in 1981 and began his full time political activities.

In 1981, one of the centers of political activities on Ray Street in Tehran was raided by the Hezbollah militia and those present at the center were battered and injured. After this event, political activists of the center, including Mr. Qahremani, went underground. According to himself, he was followed by Iranian officials a few times in the summer of 1981. He gave his will to a family member in late September 1981.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Qahremani’s arrest and detention are not known. On September 27, he left the house to participate in the MKO demonstration and never returned. After this date, his house was raided and searched by Iranian officials. Despite their search in various prisons in the Tehran province, his family did not find any information on his whereabouts.

Following the repression of the demonstration of June 20, 1981, which protested the parliament’s impeachment of President Banisadr and the Islamic Republic’s systematic policy of excluding the Mojahedin Khalq Organization from the country’s political scene, and the mass executions that followed the demonstration, the MKO turned to armed opposition to the regime of the Islamic Republic. The MKO sought to organize demonstrations in order to attract public support and overthrow the regime. The demonstration of September 27, 1981, was such an event in which many of the MKO sympathizers were arrested. According to official newspapers, the demonstration resulted in the death of several Revolutionary Guards, supporters of the MKO, as well as some bystanders. Two days later, the Kayhan newspaper announced the execution of 54 demonstrators.


There is no information regarding his trial.


The charges brought against the defendant are not known.

Evidence of guilt

No information is available concerning the evidence presented against the accused.


No information is available concerning his defense.


No specific information is available about the verdict leading to this execution. According to the MKO book, Mr. Khosro Qahremani was executed in 1981. According to the information sent to Omid, he, most probably, was executed in mass executions that followed the September 27 demonstration. One of his friends, who accompanied him in most political activities, was arrested following this demonstration and was imprisoned for many years. He later stated that he had never met Mr. Qahremani in prison. The Qahremani family searched for Khosro in many prisons in Tehran province. Prison officials told them: “He’s not in prison. Don’t search for him.”

In his will, Mr. Qahremani wrote: “If one lives for only an hour, but lives honorably, it is better than one who lives a hundred years and does not leave any legacy in this world. One should fight and not passively observe the crimes and treasons that take place.” Addressing his family, he asked them not to cry for his death and said: “I told you many times that I cannot fail this work. This is the path of God, and this is the duty of a Muslim and a human being.”

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