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.

(Français) Conférence sur les violations des droits humains en Iran avec la participation de Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, le Rapporteur Spécial de l’ONU pour l’Iran et Madame Shirin Ebadi, la Lauréate du Prix Nobel pour la Paix, au Palais des Nations Unies à Genève.

Conference on the situations of Human Rights in Iran with the attendance of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran and Madam Shirin Ebadi the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in United Nations in Geneva

 Conference on the situations of Human Rights in Iran with the attendance of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran and Madam Shirin Ebadi the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in United Nations in Geneva 

The Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G) in collaboration with its partners the International Educational Development (IED) and MRAP organized a conference on the situation of Human Rights in Iran on Tuesday 12th of March 2013. It took place during the 22nd sessions of UN Human Rights Council with the participation of our panellists Ms. Diane Ala’I from Baha’I International Community,  Ms. Pantea from the Iran Human Rights and our partner Dr. Karen Parker the UN Delegate Chief of IED.

The conference started with a short presentation from Mr. Taimoor Aliassi, the UN representative of the Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G) who shed light on the Iranian government’s systemic and systematic discrimination and repression policy against the ethnic nationalities, the executions of the civilians activists, the arrest of journalists, the executions under the cover of drugs crimes and land mines issues in Kurdistan of Iran.

Madam Shirin Ebadi in her statement, she talked about the Human Rights violations, the lack of independence of the judicial system in Iran, the repression against ethnic nationalities, such as the Kurds, Balochs, Arabs, Azeri’s and Turcoman. She added that the regime keeps these territories under-developed to such an extent that the number of unemployment is the highest in the country.

A short video documentary from BBC was screened about the Kurdish traders/carriers who were victims of the Iranian security guards at the border.

After the film, the UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Ahmed Shaheed made a statement on the situation of Human Rights in Iran and in Kurdistan of Iran. He committed that in his future reports he will address the Human Rights issues in Kurdistan.  While Ms. Diane Ala’I from Baha’I International Community talked adressed the systematic repression against Baha’I in Iran. Ms. Pantea from the Iran Human Rights presented a report on death penalty, the journalists arrests, the activists belonging to the ethnic nationalities in Iran, particularly the Kurdish people.

Dr. Karen Parker, the IED Chief Delegate to the United Nations, USA, who has been advocating for Human Rights for more than 3 decades moderated the conference.

The conference was covered by different international media including RTS1, Tishk tv & Hawlati independent Kurdish Daily Newspaper.

Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G)

Geneva, March 2013

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