Mostafa Naderi: ‘No one was spared’ — a former Iranian political prisoner on the 1988 massacre he narrowly escaped

When I heard Canadian-Iranian professor Homa Hoodfar was released from the notorious Evin prison and left Iran safely after months of incarceration, I was relieved, as I have a sense of what she went through.

In 1981, my political dissent and human rights activities landed me in Iranian prison for 11 years — six of them in northern Tehran and 5½ in solitary confinement. My imprisonment took place at a crucial time, and if not for a handful of chance occurrences, I would have surely been one of the 30,000 victims of Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners.