Khavarn Cemetery

 

Khavaran cemetery is a abandoned cemetery located in South East of Tehran. It was used as a graveyard for the religious minorities such as Christian, and recently Baha’is and also as a mass grave site for leftist political prisoners in the 1980s political killings, mass executions of political prisoners in 1988 in particular.  Those who were executed in 1988 are buried in mass graves.

Family members were allowed to attend the Khavaran to commemorate their loved ones twice a year between 2004 and 2008 .Once, in last Friday of the Iranian Calendar, in Esfand (20 March), on the occasion of New Year (Nowrooz), and once, on 10 Shahrivar (31 August), on the Anniversary of 1988 political massacre.

On January 25, 2009 it was alleged that the Khavaran cemetery had been demolished by the Islamic Republic authorities. The portion of the cemetery in which the political prisoners are buried is colloquially known as Golzar Khavaran, the Khavaran rose garden. Most of the leftist’s political prisoners who were massively executed in Tehran´s two main prisons such as Evin prison and Gohardasht prison in the early years of 1980s are also buried in this cemetery.