Witness Testimony

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

Witness Statement of Ahmad Khalili

In this witness statement, Ahmad Khalili—a member of the Ahwazi Arab ethnic minority in Iran—recalls his father’s imprisonment on political grounds, as well as the discrimination he and his family faced while living in Iran. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Raha

In this Witness Statement, Raha, an Iranian lesbian, describes the ordeals she faced in school as well as the harsh treatment she received in her family. Raha, who lived with her uncle’s family, fled the home of her uncle after he caught Raha and her girlfriend as they were having sex. She subsequently left Iran. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Masumeh Ka’abi

In this witness statement, Masumeh Ka’abi—an Ahwazi Arab housewife—recounts her arbitrary arrest, interrogation and imprisonment by intelligence agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) over suspicion concerning her husband’s political activities. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Ako

In this Witness Statement, Ako, a gay Iranian, explains how his life was dramatically changed after his neighbor, a Revolutionary Guard officer, found a private video on Ako’s computer. ... Read more

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