Jamshid Siyavushi

Born: 1944, Jordan

Executed in Shiraz by hanging on 16 June 1983


Jamshid Siyavushi’s family returned to Iran from Jordan when he was a young man. He completed high school in Tehran.  He married in 1972 and pioneered with his wife Tahereh to Chenar, a small village near Tehran.  Two years later they returned to Tehran where Tahereh undertook nursing training.  In 1976 they pioneered again, this time to Yasuj, Fars.  In Yasuj he started a small business selling electrical goods while Tahereh worked at the local hospital. 

He served on the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of the Baha’is of Yasuj.  During the early stages of revolution in Iran, in 1978, his home was attacked, and his wife was dismissed from her employment due to her adherence to the Baha’i Faith.  The family was forced to move to Shiraz.  In 1981 he was elected on the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Shiraz. On 26 October 1982 he was arrested and imprisoned in solitary confinement at the Sepah Detention Centre for six weeks. Almost a month later, His wife Tahereh was arrested on 29 November 1982.  Jamshid was tortured severely.  Eventually he was transferred to Adilabad prison.  

In the early hours of the morning on 16 June 1983 he was executed by hanging in Chowgan Square in Shiraz together with five other Baha’is, Bahram Yaldaie, Bahram Afnan, Enayatollah Eshraghi, Abdol-Hosein Azadi and Kourosh Haghbin.  Two days later his wife Tahereh Arjomandi Siyavushi was executed by hanging at that same square on 18 June 1983 together with 9 other women; Simin Saberi, Nosrat Ghufrani Yaldaie, Ezzat-Janami Eshraghi, Roya Eshraghi, Mona Mahmoudnejad, Shahin (Shirin) Dalvand, Akhtar Sabet, Zarrin Moghimi-Abyaneh and Mahshid Niroumand.  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.