Indiscriminate Killings of Kurdish civilians known as Kulbar is rising in Iranian Kurdistan

Indiscriminate Killings of Kurdish civilians known as Kulbar is rising in Iranian Kurdistan

Even though the current Islamic Republic administration pledged to change its security approach toward Iranian Kurdistan, the indiscriminate killings of Kurdish Kulbaran (border couriers or tradesmen) has dramatically increased in first half of 2017, as compared to available statistics in previous year (2016). The indiscriminate and blind killing of Kurdish Kulbaran takes place in blatant violation of Iran’s domestic laws and international obligations.

KMMK-G has received reports of indiscriminate and blind killings of 144 border couriers known as Kulbar in the first seven months of 2017. Iranian border security forces killed 47 kulbars, and injured 97 kulbars. Border security forces involved in indiscriminate and blind killings do not respect Iranian domestic laws, which authorize the use of lethal force only as a last resort. Moreover, authorities arrested a significant number of kulbaran in 2017, confiscating their goods. In addition, hundreds of horses belonging to Kurdish Kulbars were also shot dead.

Due to high rates of unemployment, and land contamination caused by landmines and explosive remnants of the Iran-Iraq war that hamper seriously the daily life of civilians particularly the farmers, the nomads, the shepherds and traders, the Kurdish youth and farmers from four Kurdish provinces of Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Ilam and Wermê (West Azerbaijan) engage in smuggling commodities, such as tea, tobacco and fuel to earn a living.

UN/HRC 20th Session/ Parallel Session: “Iran: Human Rights and power-sharing among Iranian nationalities”

 

UN/HRC 20th Session/ Parallel Session: “Iran: Human Rights and power-sharing among Iranian nationalities”

 

June 18, 2012

 

Geneva – The Association of Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G)  held a conference on the condition of human rights in Iran and the Iranian oppressed nationalities’ right to power-sharing in Iran on Monday leading up to the 20th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The conference started with opening remarks from Taimoor Aliassi, the Permanent Representative of KMMK-G followed by Karen Parker, the Chair Council of Association of Humanitarian Lawyers at the UN.

As one of the main speakers in this conference, Mustafa Hejri, the General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan along with criticising the ongoing discriminatory policies in regards to the nationalities in Iran and citing Iranian regime’s constitution stated that discriminatory policies against Iran’s Kurds, Arabs, Turks, Baluchs and Turkmans are institutionalized.

In regions where non-Persians are situated share of national income and country’s budget allocations are the lowest resulting in the under-development and resource deficiency in these areas, Mustafa Hejri added.

Other speakers attending the conference were “Carlo Sommaruga” a member of the Swiss Parliamentary Commission on Foreign Affairs and the chair of the Friends of Kurds in the Swiss Parliament, Karen Parker, the Chair Council of Association of Humanitarian Lawyers at the UN, Oretta Bandettini , the Permanent Representative of France Libertés at the UN in Geneva, Naser Boladi, representing the Baluchistan People’s Party, Diane Alaei, the representative of the Baha’i community at the UN office in Geneva among others.

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