Full Name:
Seyed Mahmoud Alavi

Seyed Mahmoud Alavi was born in Lamerd (Fars Province) in 1954. He has studied in seminary.

– Representative of the Islamic Revolution Central Headquarters in the South of Fars Province, 1978-1979
– Representative of Ruhollah Khomeini’s Office in Lamerd, 1979-1980
– A Member of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Islamic Consultative Assembly
– Correspondent and Spokesman of the Commission of the Councils and Internal Affairs, the Special Commission of Military Service, the Special Commission of the President’s Duties and Powers during the first and second Islamic Consultative Assemblies
– Vice Chairman of the Commission of Councils and Interior Affairs of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (the 4th round)
– Vice Chairman of the Commissions of Foreign Politics and Internal Regulations of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (5th round)
– Head of Iran-Kuwait Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (4th and 5th rounds)
– Head of Iran-Morocco Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (5th round)
– Deputy of Supervision and Inspection, and Deputy of Public Relations and Propaganda of the Ideological−Political Organization of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics, 1989-1991
– Head of the Ideological−Political Organization of Iran Army, appointed by Seyed Ali Khamenei’s Order, 2000-2009
– Representative of People of Tehran Province in the Assembly of Experts
– Minister of Intelligence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, July 2013-present

Human Rights Violations:
Seyed Mahmoud Alavi heads the Ministry of Intelligence, which is responsible for the arrest of students and protestors, as well as those distributing news and photos of the December 2017-January 2018 protests on social media.

During the protests, the Ministry of Intelligence arrested dozens of student activists. In an interview on 5 January 2018 with the online newspaper Jame’e Nou, Tehran Member of Parliament Parvaneh Salahshouri stated that the Ministry of Intelligence was responsible for the arrest of 90 students during the protests.

In a 10 January statement, the Ministry of Intelligence explained actions it had taken to crush the protests:

“Through intelligence gathering and reports received from the public, the Ministry of Intelligence was able to arrest some of the perpetrators of the riots, rampage, who murdered and injured members of the public and police forces with firearms and other weapons, damaged and stole public property, and caused public disorder and insecurity. Some of the actions are as follows:

“Arresting a number of individuals who were inciting people through online platforms to participate in the riots in some provinces.

“Arresting those who have been sending photos and video of the riots and rampage using online platforms to anti-revolutionary media outlets outside Iran.”

On 1 January, in the city of Sanandaj, the Ministry of Intelligence detained Saru Ghahremani, a 24-year old Iranian-Kurdish protester. He subsequently died in custody at a Ministry of Intelligence detention centre. His body was handed over to his family 11 days later.

The day after news of Saru’s death was released, his father, Mohammad Gharemani, in a video broadcast on state-owned television, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), denied that his son died in the Ministry of Intelligence detention facilities. He said his son was an armed member of a Kurdish opposition organisation – the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan. He added that Saru had been killed in a skirmish with government forces.

While the statement made by Saru’s father appeared to fully confirm the official account, testimony from another close relative suggests that security forces had coerced Mohammad Ghahremani into making the televised statement. Mr Gharemani has been banned by the same forces from giving any media interviews.

*Last update: March 12, 2018*