Witness Testimony

Video Witness Testimony of Ali Kalaei—witness to the attack on the funeral procession of Ezzatollah Sahabi

On June 1, 2011, in Tehran, a group of armed men in plainclothes attacked the funeral procession of Ezzatollah Sahabi, a noted opposition figure in ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Mother Shaheed

In this witness statement, Mother Shaheed—a Kurdish homemaker formerly residing in Mahabad—describes the execution of her daughter in 1981. Her daughter was a juvenile at the time. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Abdullah Mostafa Soltani

In this witness statement, Abdullah Mostafa Soltani—a former Kurdish peshmerga—discusses the hostilities of the central government of the Islamic Republic towards the Kurdish region in the years immediately following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. He also recounts the death of five of his brothers—four by order of execution of Islamic Republic officials, and one felled in the course of battle—in those years. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Heshmat Mostafa Soltani

In this witness statement, Heshmat Mostafa Soltani—a former Kurdish peshmerga—discusses the execution of four of his brothers by Islamic Republic officials in 1979 and 1981. He also details the death of his brother, Foad Mostafa Soltani—a leader of Komala, a Kurdish political party—during on-going hostilities of Iran’s central government against the Kurdish region in the years following the Iranian Revolution of 1979. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Gelawij Heidari

In this witness statement, Gelawij Heidari—a Kurdish homemaker from Paveh—recounts the Iranian central government’s military attack on the Kurdish region in August 1979 and the state violence that followed, including the execution of her husband on the orders of Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali, who was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Court at the time. She also recalls her own arrest, imprisonment and torture, alongside her youngest daughter, as well as the imprisonment and death of her father and siblings. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Aziz Mamleh

In this witness statement, Aziz Mamleh—an attorney and representative of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI)—describes the high-level negotiations for peace between representatives of the central government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Kurdish representatives that took place in the fall of 1979, and why these negotiations did not succeed. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Maruf Kabi

In this witness statement, Maruf Kabi—an Iranian Kurd—recounts the Iranian government’s execution of his two sisters, Nasrin Kabi and Shahla Kabi, in 1980. The ladies were nurses at a hospital in Saqqez at the time. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Farkhondeh

In this witness statement, Farkhondeh—a Kurdish homemaker—describes the execution of her son by Iranian authorities a year after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. She also describes her own detention in prison in Orumiyeh, along with her one-year-old grandchild. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Hamed Saati

In this witness statement, Hamed Saati—an Iranian Kurd now living in Sweden—describes the Kurdish reaction to the 1979 referendum on creating an Islamic Republic, as well as the Iranian central government’s attack on the Kurdish region in August 1979. Saati also recounts the execution of his brother, Hamid Saati, by Iranian officials sometime around May 1983. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Farhad Sarhangi

In this witness statement, Farhad Sarhangi—a former Kurdish peshmerga—recalls his numerous arrests and imprisonments in Iran in the early 1980s. He also details the Iranian state’s execution of his younger sister Masoumeh, a juvenile at the time, on alleged political grounds. ... Read more

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