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One Person’s Story

Abolfazl Forughi


Nationality: Unknown
Religion: Unknown
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: December, 2008
Location of Killing: Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Extrajudicial Shooting

About this Case

Information regarding the death of Mr. Abolfazl Forughi was published on the websites of Committee of Human Rights Reporters (December 10, 2008) and Human Rights Activists in Iran (October 12, 2007).

Mr. Forugji was married and had kids. He was once arrested in Tehran by the safety and security officers along with a plan called “promoting the society’s security*” and was shortly released on bail.

Mr. Forughi’s Death

According to available information, Police forces shot Mr. Abolfazl Forughi dead in a street in Tehran in 2008. 

Officials’ Reaction

After Mr. Forughi’s death, security forces announced: “they have killed him on the run as he ignored the Police’ command to stop.” (The Committee of Human Rights Reporters)

Family’s Reaction

There is no information available on the reaction of the family on Mr. Forughi’s death.


In early May 2007, a series of Police operation called “Promoting Social Security Plan” was implemented throughout the country and in particular in Tehran by the security forces. The plan had four stages including “fight against improper head covering [by women]”, “collect high risk addicts [from streets]”, “deal with thugs”, and “deal with improper head coverings of women in private companies”. Implementation of this plan caused series of protests both internally and internationally.
During “deal with thugs” stage, masked officers of the law enforcement would break into people’s houses towards the end of the night and arrest who they would call as "thugs", beat them harshly, and violate their dignity. Officers would hang water containers [used in toilets] to their necks, published their photos on media, and took them on a tour around the city while forced them to shout that they were wrong. Officers would then take the arrested people to Kahrizak detention center where they experienced an overwhelming, intolerable condition. The unhygienic and inhuman condition within the camp and the severity of the tortures and treatments with the arrestees were too much that at least 10 of these people lost their lives in Kahrizak according to unofficial statistics. (Committee of Human Rights Reporters)

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