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.

Iran: Crimes & Impunity, a panel during the 24th session of UN Human Rights Council



Iran: Crimes & Impunity


Side Event at United Nations 

Thursday, 12 September 2013, 16:00 – 18:00

Room XXII, Palais de Nations



A panel of five leading experts on Iran will discuss its most significant human rights violations: the 1988 massacre of political prisoners, rape especially of women in Iranian prisons, the “Declaration of Holy War” by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 against Kurdish people and the massacre of civilians, as well as Iranian state-sponsored terrorism outside Iran.

Canada’s Parliament courageously adopted a unanimous consent motion on June 5, 2013, recognizing the massacre of political prisoners in Iran in 1988 as crimes against humanity under international law.


On the panel are: Ms. Shadi SADR, founder, Justice for Iran, Dr. Karen PARKER, IED Chief Delegate to the United Nations, USA, and founder, Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, Ms. Diane Ala’I, UN Representative of the Baha’i International Community, Mr. Gianfranco FATTORINI, UN Permanent Representative of Mouvement contre le Racism et pour l’Amitié entre les Peuples (MRAP).


They will debate ways to bring these issues to the attention of the Human Rights Council, the International Criminal Court and other international organizations, and most importantly, to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes.


Hosted by

Mr. Taimoor Aliassi, Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G)

Dr. Karen Parker, IED Chief Delegate to the United Nations, USA


Light refreshments will be served


The event is sponsored by:

                          Shar (a Kurdish independent magazine) and         Tishk tv                   


Contact: Mr. Taimoor Aliassi, e-mail: [email protected], Tel. : +41(0)76 366 23 58
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