Organization of Iranian People's Fedaian (Majority)

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Organization of Iranian People's Fadaian (Majority)
Leader Behrouz Khaliq
Founded June 1980; 37 years ago (1980-06)[1]
Split from Organization of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Ideology Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Union of People's Fedaian of Iran

The Organization of Iranian People's Fadaian (Majority) (Persian: سازمان فدائیان خلق ایران (اکثریت)‎, translit. Sāzmān-e fedaiyān-e khalq-e Irān (aksariat); lit. Organization of self-sacrificers of the people of Iran) is a political party that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic government in Iran. Its history can be traced back to 1904 with the formation of the social democratic Hemmat group. Its secretary-general is Behrouz Khaliq and Hassan Zehtab is its foreign relations coordinator. The group is banned from activity inside the Islamic Republic of Iran.


From the Revolution to the Repression Period

Following the revolution, the Organization's public offices were established in most Iranian cities. Later those centers developed into gathering places for the secular and socialist Iranian youth. In the first election after the revolution, Fedaian received 10% of the votes and became the only alternative to the Islamists around Khomeini.

During this period, the Fadaian as a left opposition of the theocratic regime participated in the leadership of worker, peasant, and national movements and the protest movement in the newly established regime.

In the meantime, internal discussions on the issues of revolution and the regime's nature were under way amongst Fedaian which resulted in several splinterings in the Organization. The means and methods of struggle and policies towards the new government were the most contentious issues. The majority of the organization's members did not believe in armed struggle anymore and in the new political atmosphere recognized the Islamic Republic as an anti-imperialist state. That majority chose to make peace with Khomeyni as the Iranian people were at that time devout followers of their religious leaders, a decision the Organization regretted some years later. These differences caused the separation of the Minority of the Organization from the Majority.

On 1 May 1981, hundreds of thousands of the Fedaian supporters gathered in Azadi (Freedom) Square in Tehran. At that day, the leadership announced the Organization's new policies. Among others, it was announced that the Organization was no longer a guerrilla movement but was a political organization of the Iranian working class. Since then, the Organization was formally called the Organisation of Iranian People's Fadaian – Majority (OIPFM) and chose the "unity-critique" policy towards the Islamic Republic.

Up to early 1980s, while the Islamic regime of Khomeyni was not yet well established, the Organization was conducting semi-public activities. KAR, the official newspaper of the Organization, had a circulation of 100,000 to 300,000. In the course of four years of hard work to build the skeleton of the Organization, the number of members reached twenty thousands, of which women were one third, workers one fifth, and students three fifths. The average age within the OIPFM was less than 24 years among the general membership and 32 years at the leadership level. The most significant achievement of the Fadaian was organising and mobilising a large group of youth and establishing a major secular political party in an intensely religious society.

Years of repression

Despite OIPFM's policies of trying not to position itself in direct conflict with the government, it was clear that the ruling fundamentalists could not tolerate the Organization's "unity-critique" policy, the Fedaian's activities, and their existence. During the period of 1981–83, OIPFM was principally supportive of the Islamic government's policies in various aspects, including the conflict with Iraq, anti-American positions, and certain aspects of their economic reforms; however it was not legally permitted to pursue its activities. In those years, several death sentences were given to Fadaian and hundreds of their activists were imprisoned. The overwhelming prosecution and oppression of OIPFM began from the spring of 1983; at the time the regime completed its intelligence structures and policing networks. But the Islamic Regime did not succeed in destroying a large portion of the Organization's leadership and the leadership was able to exile itself abroad in time. But several thousands of Fedaian were arrested, hundreds, including eight members of the leadership, were executed, and thousands were forced to flee the country.

In May 1985, together with the Tudeh Party, the Organisation of the Iranian Peoples' Fadaian (Majority) published a joint statement calling for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic.

Before his death, Ayatollah Khomeini ordered mass killings of political prisoners in 1988. In the summer of 1988, a committee of Islamic Republic representatives visited the Iranian prisons and tried and sentenced to death thousands of political prisoners. The real number of executed prisoners is still unknown, but Reza Malek who worked as a former deputy at the Research Division of the Islamic Republic Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) made a confession in 2008 that during the 1988 political prisoner executions by the mullahs' regime, 33,700 people were executed and buried in mass graves.[2] Among those executed were hundreds of Fadaian, most of them were murdered in captivity without trial.

Some others committed suicide like Soheila Darvishkohan as she was sentenced to be flogged each time she refused to attend daily Islamic prayers.[3]

This crime was called "The National Tragedy" by the Organization and all opposition parties (including Islamists, Communists, Liberals and Nationalists). To see some of the names of the assassinated Fadaian go to [1].

During 1988–1990 OIPF(M) passed through a period of introspection and critical review of previous positions and evolved from Communism to Democratic Socialism. In the summer of 1988, the right of all members to publicly express or publish their independent and personal views, as a major step towards the restructuring of the OIPFM, was granted and the way for getting out of the crisis and preparation of the First Congress was paved.

The Nineties

In August 1990, the First Congress of the OIPFM took place outside the country. The congress mainly focused on re-examining the Organization's past policies, political situation, and internal relations. Being critical of current leadership's past positions, the Congress transferred the leadership to a new group and decided to summon the Second Congress within a one-year period. The outcomes of the Congress secured the unity of the OIPFM with recognition of the differences in views among the Organization activists. The 1990s brought about profound changes in the Organization's views and policies. In this decade, the Organization declared democracy as its urgent and fundamental goal and emphasized on relation between democracy and social justice. Diversity in views and political differences were officially recognized and supported. The first congress rejected the policies which guided the OIPFM to overwhelmingly support the Islamic Republic and concluded that those policies damaged the morale of the independent left in the Organization and were harmful to OIPFM and the whole Iranian democratic and progressive movement. The Congress emphasized socialism as its ultimate goal. It decided to hold future Congresses every other year.

Since then, the Organization's congresses have been summoned every other year.

The twenty-first century


The discussion of unity was at the core of discussions during the tenth Congress, which was held in February 2007. The tenth Congress emphasized the close relationship amongst republican, democratic, and secular forces and their widespread unity towards building an alternative to the Islamic republic.

On 23 October 2007, the OIPFM held an official meeting with European representatives in the European Parliament and then, both in October 2009 and in July 2010, it held a joint meeting with four other Iranian parties with a European delegation in Brussels.[4][5][6]

In 2016, it was decided to unite with another Iranian Left Parties called the Union of People's Fedaian of Iran so as to form one of the biggest Left Party of Iran and follow the same path as the Left German Party Die Linke with whom the OIPFM is very close.[7][8]

The OIPFM has cordial ties with many foreign parties such as the Communist Party of Spain and the United Left of Spain,[9][10] the Communist Party of Iraqi Kurdistan,[11] the French Communist Party,[12] the Left Party of Sweden,[13] the Party of the Communists of Italy,[14] the United Party of Afghanistan[15] and the Communist Party of South Africa.[16]

The urgent task of the OIPFM is to overthrow the Islamic regime and replace it with a secular Republic.

See also


  1. ^ Hiro, Dilip (2013). "Fedai Khalq". A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East. Interlink Publishing. pp. 483–9. ISBN 9781623710330. 
  2. ^[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ The list of the victims of mass execution of the political prisoners by the Islamic republic of Iran in 1988 Asre Nou. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  4. ^ "The Union Of People's Fedaian Of Iran". Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Tudeh Party
  6. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Union Of People's Fedaian Of Iran". Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  9. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "kar-online - کار آنلاین". kar-online - کار آنلاین. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 

External links

  • The Official Website of the Organization
  • The Official newspaper of the Organization
  • Lyrics of the anthem
  • Radio of the Organization
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