• Late July 1988 - Prison Lockdown


    In July 1988, the Islamic Republic of Iran suddenly locked down its prisons.

  • Group by group prisoners were blindfolded and taken to the basement.

    Group by group prisoners were blindfolded and taken to the basement.

  • Prisoners did not know where they were taking their cell-mates.

    Prisoners did not know where they were taking their cell-mates.

  • They waited and waited. No one knew what was next.

    They waited for hours.

  • Courtroom

    Then one by one they were questioned by a 3 member Committee; only a few questions.

  • Courtroom.

    What they didn’t know was that their life depended on their answers.

  • Oh No! The guard came back carrying my friend's blindfold.

    Those who gave the wrong answer were immediately taken to the gallows.

  • The extent of the catastrophe is revealed when family visitations resume.

    The extent of the catastrophe was revealed months later when family visitations resumed.

  • Families are informed

    Five months after the lockdown, families were given a bag. No explanation, no last will, no body.