Navid Afkari

Iranian wrestler

Navid Afkari was an Iranian wrestler, worker and protester who was executed by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


  • "The evidence is there if the court wants to investigate [the acts of torture]."
  • "There is not one shred of evidence in this damned case that shows I’m guilty. But they don’t want to listen to us. I realised they are looking for a neck for their rope."
  • "From this moment forward, my family and I need help. I am not only talking about Iranian, my audience are every persons who talking about humanity and has a bit of honor in them: Your silence means supporting oppression and oppressors. It means supporting the execution of an innocent person. It means step by step I am getting closer to the gallows."
  • "There is a proverb [in Persian] that goes innocently to the gallows, but doesn't go to the top. But it's a lie. We are seeing that everything was a lie."
  • "I want every free and right-seeking person, regardless of their opinion and profession, to be the voice of me and my family. Because human dignity has no meaning except by supporting the right and justice"
  • "If I am executed, everyone should know that in the 21st century, with all the costs and mechanisms for human rights such as the UN, the Security Council and etc., an innocent person tried and fought with all his might to make his voice heard. But he was executed."
  • "We have no tribune, no money and no party. The only power we have is the energy and voice of the freedom-loving people of the world"
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