Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali

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Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali
Tehran, Iran
DiedJune 10, 2019 (aged 20–21)
Cause of deathstabbed

Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali (علیرضا شیر محمدعلی) was an Iranian political prisoner at the Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary (Fashafoyeh Prison.)[1] Ali was killed while in prison by prisoners that were housed in general population on June 10, 2019.[2]


Shir Mohammad Ali was arrested after massive anti-government protests in 2018. He was subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of “blasphemy, insulting the former and current leader, and propaganda against the regime”.[1] In March of 2018, he went on a month-long hunger strike with another prisoner, Barzan Mohammadi, in protest for terrible conditions and heavy restrictions at the Tehran Central Penitentiary.[3][4]


On June 10, 2019, Shir Mohammad Ali was “attacked by two prisoners from the general population and stabbed in the neck and stomach and died before arriving at the hospital.”[5][6][7]

International reaction[edit]

Human Rights Watch called for an urgent investigation by Iran's judicial authorities to determine whether the role of a lack of oversight or neglect by Fashafiyeh Prison authorities contributed to the murder of Shir Mohammad Ali.[8]

On 13 June 2019, Amnesty International responded to the murder of Shir Mohammad Ali, a prisoner of conscience, and called on Iranian authorities to identify any state failings that contributed to his death and to remedy them.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Iranian political prisoner reportedly murdered in prison". Iran International. 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  2. ^ "Detained Iranian Activist Dies in Prison in Apparent Brutal Killing by Inmates". Voice of America. 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  3. ^ "اخبار غیررسمی از «کشته شدن یک زندانی سیاسی» در زندان فشافویه". ایران اینترنشنال (in Persian). 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  4. ^ "Iran: 21-Year-old Political Prisoner murdered in Prison". 11 June 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  5. ^ "علیرضا شیرمحمدعلی، زندانی سیاسی در زندان فشافویه «کشته» شد". صدای آمریکا (in Persian). Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  6. ^ "Alireza Shir-Mohammad-Ali, 21, murdered in Greater Tehran Penitentiary". Iran HRM. 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  7. ^ "قتل یک زندانی سیاسی ۲۱ ساله در زندان فشافویه" (in Persian). BBC Farsi. 2019-06-11. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  8. ^ "دیدبان حقوق بشر خواستار تحقیق فوری درباره نقش مقامات قضائی ایران در قتل علیرضا شیرمحمدعلی شد". صدای آمریکا (in Persian). Retrieved 2019-06-15.