Abdorrahman Boroumand Center

for Human Rights in Iran

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

Naser Tanasan


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


Date of Killing: February, 1982
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Fatal
Charges: Counter revolutionary opinion and/or speech; Actively opposing the Islamic Republic

About this Case

The information about Mr. Naser Tanasan, son of Sadeq, has been drawn from an electronic form sent to Omid by a person familiar with this case. Mr. Tanasan was born in Tehran in 1959. He was a third-year student in mechanical engineering in School of Engineering of Tehran University. He started his political activities when he was a student and joined the Rah-e Kargar Organization. The sender of the form describes Mr. Tanasan as a “calm, kind, and reasonable person, and one of the best students.”

“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. Tanasan was arrested around 10 a.m. on a day in December, 1981 or January 1982, and taken to Evin prison. His family was not aware of the place of detention. Mr. Tanasan was denied visitation rights during one and half months of detention.


There is no information regarding this trial.


Mr. Tanasan was charged with “activism in the Rah-e Kargar movement and propaganda against the regime.”

The validity of the criminal charges brought against this defendant cannot be ascertained in the absence of the basic guarantees of a fair trial.

Evidence of guilt

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


No information is available concerning Mr. Tanasan’s defense.


Mr. Tanasan was executed in February 1982. He was 22 years old. According to the information in the electronic form, one of the authorities of Evin prison called his family and reported the location of his interment at Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery in Tehran. According to the same source, his picture has been placed on his gravestone twice and later destroyed by state agents.

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