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Khomeini Returns

February 5, 2013 1 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

February 1 marked the anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s return to Iran in 1979 and the start of a theocratic Iran that oppresses its citizens and fails to respect basic tenants of human dignity.

The Freedom Collection’s Mohsen Sazegara, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Iran, knew the Ayatollah well and joined the government of the Islamic Republic.  He eventually became disillusioned with the regime and transformed into a leading opponent of the Ayatollah’s dictatorship.  Watch below as Mohsen remembers confronting Khomeini about the use of torture in Iranian prisons:

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Visit www.freedomcollection.org to learn more about the daily struggles of life under dictatorship from freedom advocates who experienced it first-hand.

This post was written by Christopher Walsh, Program Coordinator for The Freedom Collection.


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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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