Kourosh Haghbin

Born: 23 September 1949, Yazd

Executed by hanging in Shiraz on 16 June 1983


Kourosh Haghbin was born into a Baha’i family. He completed his primary and high school.  After the completion of his military service, he pioneered to Marvdasht, a suburb of Shiraz to propagate the Baha’i Faith. He got married in 1975 and after the birth of their first child in 1977, they moved to Sarpole Zahab.  But by the start of the Iran- Iraq war, they were forced to move back to Marvdasht, while they were expecting their second child.  In 1982 he was elected on the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of the Baha’is of Marvdasht.

On 29 November 1982, he was arrested and imprisoned.  He was detained first in Marvdasht for five days; he then was transferred to Shiraz and eventually to Adilabad prison. For what it turned to be their last visit before his execution, he told his wife that the day before they had their last interrogation where he was questioned yet again if he would recant his Faith and return to Islam.  He and his friends refused and in a written declaration wrote that they are Baha’is and he would not recant his Faith. He was executed by hanging on 16 June 1983, together with 5 other Baha’is. They were; Bahram Afnan, Bahram Yaldaie, Jamshid Siyavushi, Enayatollah Eshraghi, and Abdol-Hosein Azadi. Their bodies were not returned to their families; they were 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.