Student Basij Organisation

The Student Basij Organisation (SBO) is a branch within the Basij Organisation that acts as the IRGC’s violent enforcers on university campuses

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The Student Basij Organisation (SBO) is a branch within the Basij Organisation that acts as the IRGC’s violent enforcers on university campuses. The SBO consists of the youngest and most radical members of the Basij, who were particularly active in making university campuses where students staged protests some of the main theatres of repression in autumn 2022. During raids on a number of university campuses, including at Sharif University, Shahid Beheshti University and Amirkabir University security forces, including the SBO, used live ammunition and opened fire on students.

This, alongside multiple reports of student abductions and torture linked to these raids, confirms that the SBO is responsible for serious human rights violations in Iran.

The Student Basij (Persian: بسیج دانشجویی) (also known as “Student and Talabeh Basij”) is considered among the “Islamic student organizations” which was founded based on the decree of the first/previous supreme leader of Iran, Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini on 23 November 1988, with the scope of guardianship for the principles of revolution and Islam. Among its other goals are: inviting unity and likewise the solidarity between Hawza and university, establishment of a great Islamic government and victory of the world by Islam.

After declaration of this plan/decree by Ruhollah Khomeini, Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution approved (the circumstances of) the mentioned plan; therefore, Tehran student Basij center became the responsible to found Basij offices at the universities –of Iran– on 3 January 1991.

In regards to founding this organization, Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini said that:

“Nowadays, the Basij of Student (of the university/Hawza) is regarded among the most essential formations. The students of the Hawzas and the universities ought to do their best to defend revolution and Islam –in the related centers; and my Basiji children –of Iran– should be guard for the unchangeable principles of “Neither east nor west” in the aforesaid formations.” He also added that: nowadays, universities and Hawzas need unity and solidarity more than everywhere. The children of the revolution never allow the accomplices of the U.S. and Soviet to have influence in the mentioned sensitive centers;

“Mohammad Javad Nik-Ravesh” who is a member of Imam Hossein University scientific mission (and also had position at Imam Sadiq University), has been appointed as the head of the student basij –of the country– on 23 December 2017. Likewsie, the commanders of the student Basij (since the start of this formation) are:
– Ali Gol-Parvar
– Seyyed Muhammad Husseini
– Ali Reza Varij-Kazemi
– Amir Reza Ahooan.

Type of entity:
Branch of the Basij Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)

Place of registration:

Date of registration:
November 1989

Associated individuals:
Issa Zarepour

Other associated entities:
IRGC; IRGC Basij Organisation

Involved In:
Human Rights Violations

Also Known As:
Student and Talabeh Basij


Reason for the color:
» COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2023/986 – of 22 May 2023;