Batebi, Ahmad

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Batebi, Ahmad Gender: M
born on 24 May 1977 at 18:06 (= 6:06 PM )
Place Shiraz, Iran, 29n37, 52e33
Timezone IRT h3e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
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Ahmad Batebi
photo: claes krantz from Gothenburg, Sweden, license cc-by-sa-2.0


Iranian political activist who was designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. During his studies at the University of Tehran he gained international fame for his appearance on the 17 July 1999 cover of The Economist magazine, holding up a shirt splattered with the blood of a fellow protester.

The photo, which has been called "an icon for Iran's student reform movement", was taken during the Iranian Student Protests in July 1999 in Tehran. Following its publishing, Batebi was arrested, tried in closed-door proceedings, found guilty of "creating street unrest", and sentenced to death.

This was reduced to 15 years after domestic and international outcry. Less well-known are persistent reports of torture and ill-treatment of Batebi in prison, and his resulting poor physical and mental health. While temporarily released from prison to receive medical attention, Batebi was assisted by the KDPI, to flee Iran for Iraq. He finally entered the United States on 24 June 2008 on humanitarian parole. He was then granted asylum status by the United States government.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him on Twitter: "I was born in #Shiraz ( Middle of #Iran ) 40 years ago exactly at this moment" (posted 6:06 PM EDT, 24 May 2017 from Tysons Corner, VA, USA) [1].

Wikipedia has 25 Juy 1977, no source given.


  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Human rights)