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The Garden of Khavaran, the massacre of political prisoner in summer of 1988

"Khavaran", located on a hillside south of Tehran, is one of the known mass graves of political prisoners executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Families of the executed call it a garden since whenever they leave the hillside is covered with flowers. In the summer of 1988, new mass graves were discovered in Khavaran.

The first signs that something was happening in Iran's prisons came in late July when families were suddenly denied their regular visits. Their endless efforts to track their children only ended months later when they were summoned to receive their children's clothing and perhaps a last will.

Today we know that in the summer of 1988, for more than two months, a "death commission" appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini, went from prison to prison and conducted two to three minute re-trials. Thousands, many of whom had finished their sentences, were sent to the gallows. The Garden of Khavaran is a tribute to the thousands of political prisoners who were massacred in 1988 in Iran's prisons and to their families.

Following is a short film (13 Min.) by Delnaz Abadi about the massacre of 4500 political prisoner in summer of 1988

English Version


Persian Version گلزار خاوران

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