Full Name:

Yadollah Javani



Yadollah Javani was born in Isfahan, Iran during 1962.He holds a degree in political science from Tehran University and a doctorate degree in strategic management from the Supreme National Defense University.


  • Chief of the Basij Force in Kurdistan Province in 1980
  • Official member of the IRGC since 1980
  • Deputy Political Officer of the IRGC from 1999 until at least November 2011
  • Senior Adviser for the Supreme Leader at the IRGC from late 2011 until 18 March 2018
  • Deputy Political Officer of the IRGC from 18 March 2018 until present   


Human Rights Violations (in chronological order) :

As the IRGC’s Deputy Political Officer, Yadollah Javani played a major role in suppressing peaceful protests.

  • The 2009 Post-Election Protests

Yadollah Javani was one of the first high-ranking officials to demand the arrests of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Mohammad Khatami. He accused opponents of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of attempting a “velvet revolution” and threatened that any attempt at such would be “suffocated.”

Javani has repeatedly supported the use of violence and harsh interrogation tactics against post-election protesters, including ordering the extrajudicial maltreatment of dissidents through publications circulated to the IRGC and Basij, as well as justifying televised forced confessions.

  • December 2017-January 2018 Protests

During the protests, Javani was serving as Senior Advisor to the Supreme Leader at the IRGC, and condemned the protests during a speech. He claimed that foreign influences were behind the “chaos and confusion.”

  • EU Sanctions

On 10 October 2011, the European Union published the names of 17 officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran including Yadollah Javani  whom the E.U. asserts are responsible for serious human rights violations and is thus subjecting to travel bans and asset freezes. [1]

[1]  EU Council statement  on 10 October 2011


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