Dariush Forouhar

Dariush Forouhar
داریوش فروهر
Minister of Labor
In office
4 February 1979 – 4 November 1979
Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan
Preceded by Manouchehr Azmun
Succeeded by Mir-Mohammad Sadeghi
Personal details
Born 18 August 1928
Isfahan, Iran
Died 21 November 1998(1998-11-21) (aged 70)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Pan-Iranist Party
Nation Party
Spouse(s) Parvaneh Eskandari
Relations Arash & Parastou

Dariush Forouhar (Persian: داریوش فروهر‎) (August 1928 – November 1998) was a founder and leader of the Hezb-e Mellat-e Iran (Nation of Iran Party), a pan-Iranist opposition party in Iran.

Early life

Forouhar was born in Isfahan. His father was a general in the Army.

Career and political activities

According to Ali Razmjoo in Hezb-e-Pan-Iranist (also see links here), Forouhar was one of the founding members of the original Pan-Iranist Party of Iran in 1951 with Mohsen Pezeshkpour.[1] During the Pahlavi era, he had been very active in the anti-Shah nationalist movement and was a strong supporter of the Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. In the midst of post-revolutionary tensions in Iranian Kurdistan in 1979, Forouhar was part of a delegation sent by Tehran to negotiate with Kurdish political and religious leaders. Although this delegation's recommendations were never implemented by the central government and Kurdish revolt was dealt with harshly, Forouhar's attempts to reach a peaceful settlement with Kurds earned him respect among Kurds.

Forouhar served as minister of labor in the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan in 1979.[2]


Forouhar and his wife, Parvaneh Eskandari Forouhar, were overt opponents of velayet faqih (jurisprudence) and under continous surveillance.[2] They were assassinated in their home in 1998. The murders, which are believed to have been politically motivated, remain unsolved, although the general belief is that the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence was involved and had ordered the killings.[3][4][5][6][7]

It is thought that the murders were provoked by Forouhar's criticism of human rights abuses by the Islamic Republic in interviews with Western radio stations that beamed Persian-language programs to Iran. This "brought them to the attention of Iran's ubiquitous intelligence service."[8]

Under the public opinion pressure, the then Iranian president Mohammad Khatami formed a committee to follow up the case, which eventually asked for the resignation of the Minister of Intelligence, Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi. One of the main characters behind the case, Saeed Emami, reportedly committed suicide while in prison.

Shirin Ebadi, the lawyer of the Forouhars' relatives quoting Parastou says: "All evidence shows that my father was preparing himself to go to prison, because at the time of his slaying, his shoes had no laces, he did not wear his wrist watch and had his wallet emptied of its contents and papers except for some money."

Personal life

Forouhar had two children. Son, Arash, and daughter, Parastou, are both politically active and continue to raise awareness of the plight of political dissidents in Iran. In 2009, Parastou signed an open letter of apology posted to Iranian.com along with 266 other Iranian academics, writers, artists, journalists about the Persecution of Bahá'ís.[9]


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External links

  • Documentary on Foruhars
  • English Page dedicated to Foruhars

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