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Monireh Rajavi



Executed during 1988 massacre of political prisoners.

Monireh Rajavi, the younger sister of the Iranian Resistance’s Leader, Massoud Rajavi, was ‎executed on Khomeini’s order along with the 30,000 victims of the regime’s political ‎massacre in summer 1988.‎
Monireh was arrested along with her husband and her daughters only because she was ‎Massoud Rajavi’s sister. Khomeini’s henchmen held special spite towards Monireh Rajavi, ‎humiliating and insulting her because she was Massoud Rajavi’s sister. Monireh was ‎imprisoned and tortured six years in Evin Prison under horrendous conditions in the ‎presence of her two young daughters and after the execution of her husband.‎
While in captivity, she was under tremendous pressure to denounce his brother on ‎television, but refused to do so, prompting the authorities to execute her in 1988 as an ‎act of vengeance against Massoud Rajavi.‎
Upon learning of the execution of his sister, Massoud Rajavi said: “Naturally, it is very ‎painful to hear the news of execution of one’s younger sister. However, I have had ‎thousands and tens of thousands of these sisters who perished in Khomeini’s dungeons ‎after years of torture. I think my sister was honored to be among those who were ‎martyred to the cause of freedom of their people and country after years of ‎incarceration.‎
‎ “Obviously, my sister’s sacrifice is no different from that of my other sisters and ‎brothers. You surely remember that my wife Ashraf and my brother Moussa also paved ‎the same path for the cause of freedom. What I’d like to point out is that as far as the ‎Mojahedin are concerned, they have never hesitated in sacrificing thousands upon ‎thousands like Ashraf, Moussa and Monireh despite tremendous agony and pain. ‎Therefore, my sister is one out of thousands and thousands of heroes who sacrificed their ‎lives for freedom and liberation of our enchained nation. And of course, this only adds to ‎the honor and pride of the Mojahedin and my own.”‎

Monireh Rajavi studied literature at the University of Mashhad when she left Iran for ‎Britain to continue her studies. Initially, she went to Midland College and subsequently to ‎the University of New Castle.‎
She left Iran with the goal of exposing the crimes of the Shah’s regime on the ‎international level in an effort to save the lives of Iranian political prisoners, including her ‎brother Massoud who was on the death row. Monireh became a member of Amnesty ‎International and joined a number of other Iranian students to form the “Committee ‎against Repression in Iran.” They published several pamphlets about the conditions of ‎Iranian political prisoners, including a pamphlet entitled “Free Massoud Rajavi.”‎
Prof. Kazem Rajavi, who was assassinated in 1990, devoted dozens of pages of bis 1,100- ‎page documentary book on the efforts to save Massoud’s life to Monireh’s endeavors ‎and letters she had written to British MPs and Amnesty International. Amnesty ‎International wrote back to Monireh, giving her assurances that it would not cease its ‎efforts until Massoud was freed from jail.‎


Monireh Rajavi

Monireh Rajavi (center in white dress) and her husband, Asghar Nazem (right) at their ‎wedding with the Rajavi brothers. Standing behind Monireh is Professor Kazem Rajavi. ‎Asghar was executed in 1985. Monireh was tortured in front of her two small daughters ‎and became the symbol of 30,000 political prisoners when executed in the 1988 ‎massacre.‎
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