Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Ali Jahani


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Presumed Muslim
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: December 19, 1985
Location of Killing: Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Hanging
Charges: Unknown charge

About this Case

The information about Mr. Ali Jahani, affiliated with the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran, has been drawn from an electronic form sent to Omid by his daughter.

The Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) was founded in 1945 with the objective to gain autonomy for Kurdistan, in north-west of Iran. After the Revolution, conflicts between the new central Shiite government and the mainly Sunni Kurdistan, regarding the role of minorities in the drafting of the constitution, specification of Shiite as the official state religion, and particularly the autonomy of the region, ended in armed clashes between the Revolutionary Guards and the peshmerga (the militia of the PDKI). The PDKI boycotted the referendum of April 1, when people went to polls to vote for or against the Islamic regime. On August 19, 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini called the PDKI the “party of Satan” and declared it “unofficial and illegal.” Mass executions and fighting broke out and continued for several months in the region. By 1983, PDKI had lost much of its influence in the region. Various leaders of the PDKI have been assassinated.

Arrest and detention

The circumstances of Mr. Jahani’s arrest and detention are not known other than he was arrested in Azad village.


There is no information regarding this trial other than it took place in Tehran and the proceedings lasted for 5 months.


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 Mr. Jahani’s defense. According to the electronic form, at the time when the alleged crime was committed, Mr. Jahani was in prison.


No specific information is available about the verdict leading to this execution. Mr. Ali Jahani was hanged on December 19, 1985.

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