Gholam-Hosein Farhand

Born: 1927, Hamadan

Executed in Tehran on 9 December 1984


Gholam-Hosein Farhand was born into a Baha’i family in 1927 in Hamadan.  When he was a child, his family was expelled from the city because they were Baha’is.  They moved to Ahvaz where he completed his education and was employed by the National Oil Company.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Ahvaz and then in 1961 he transferred to Tehran, and in 1978, in order to propagate the Baha’i Faith, he pioneered to Karaj where he was also a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly. At the commencement of the Islamic Revolution, he was dismissed from his job for his adherence to the Faith.

On 28 July 1983 Gholam-Hosein Farhand was arrested, together with other members of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Karaj.  He was imprisoned at Evin prison and kept in solitary confinement for eleven months.  After these long months his family was finally allowed to visit him.  On 9 December 1984 he was executed, together with five other believers, Rouhollah Taalim, Firouz Athari, Jamshid Pour-Ustadkar, Jamal Kashani, and Enayatollah Haghighi.  His family was not informed of his execution. Instead, on a scheduled visit, his wife was told that he was transferred to another prison. After days of appeal to the authorities, she was told that he had been executed some days before.  His body was not returned to his family; he was possibly buried by the authorities.



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[1] Local Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of a particular area, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Baha’i community of that area.