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for Human Rights in Iran

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One Person’s Story

Hamid Purqasemi Astaneh


Age: 22
Nationality: Iran
Religion: Non-Believer
Civil Status: Unknown


Date of Killing: July 10, 1981
Location of Killing: Rasht, Gilan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Shooting

About this Case

The information about Mr. Hamid Purqasemi Astaneh is taken from the book "Our Martyrs for Freedom and Socialism" by Rah-e Kargar publication. He was born in Astaneh Ashrafieh (Gilan province). He was a student in Rasht Teacher Education College. In the beginning of the revolution, he sympathized with the Fadaiyan Khalq Organization. In 1979, he joined the Rah-e Kargar Organization.

"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 had rejected the idea of armed struggle and believed in political action. They introduced 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

The circumstances of this defendant’s arrest and detention are not known. Mr. Hamid Purqasemi Astaneh was arrested in the spring of 1981. The above book doesn't mention the date and location of his arrest but writes: "After arresting him in the street, they hit his face with the stock of a gun and took him to the prison with blood all over him."


No information is available on the defendant’s trial.


No information is available on Mr. Hamid Purqasemi Astaneh’s charges.

Evidence of guilt

The report of this execution does not contain information regarding the evidence provided against the defendant.


No information is available about the defense.


No specific information is available about the defendant’s execution. Mr. Hamid Purqasemi Astaneh was executed by a firing squad on July 10, 1981.

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