Hedayatollah Siyavushi

Born: 5 June 1952, Yazd

Executed by hanging in Shiraz on 1 January 1983


Hedayatollah Siyavushi was born into a Baha’i family.  After completing primary school his family moved to Shiraz where he graduated from high school.  He was an assistant[1] to the Auxiliary Board[2].  Due to imprisonment of one of the members of the Local Spiritual Assembly[3] of the Baha’is of Shiraz in 1981, he was elected to the same Spiritual Assembly. 

On 13 August 1981, he was arrested together with 2 other Baha’is. They were first held at the Sepah Detention Centre in Shiraz and then transferred to Adilabad prison.  He was tortured severely during his imprisonment and finally executed by hanging on 1 January 1983.  His family buried him in the Baha’i cemetery of Shiraz in accordance with Baha’i law in the presence of a large group of friends.


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[1] Assistants: individuals appointed by the Auxiliary Board members to assist them in their work on a local level.

[2] Auxiliary Board Members: group of individuals appointed by the Continental Board of Counselors for a five year term.  Their responsibility is to encourage individuals and strengthen Baha’i communities in their area of service - usually smaller regions within a country.  Auxiliary Board Members have a consultative role in relation to the Local Spiritual Assemblies.

[3] 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.