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.

(کوردی) پرسی کورد یەکێک لە پرسە سەرەکی یەکانی ڕاپۆرتی ساڵانەی ئەحمەد شەهید بۆ کۆمەڵەی گشتی نەتەوەیەکگرتووەکان لە نیو یۆرک

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(فارسی) بیش از سی نفر از پیروان آیین یارسان در تهران بازداشت شدند

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The Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G) condemns the arrest of Kurdish protestors of Yarasan faith before the Iranian Parliament

 

The Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G) condemns the arrest of Kurdish protestors of Yarasan faith before the Iranian Parliament

 

 Geneva, Switzerland – Sunday 20th of October 2013, a group of Kurdish citizens of Yarasan faith has manifested before the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to protest to some of authorities’ officials public insulting to Yarsan faith. According to the information that we received from Kurdistan News Agency, thirty five protestors were arrested by the Iranian Security services and were taken to the famous Evin prison.

The names of 26 of the 35 detainees:

1)      Mr. Fareed Sulaimany

2)      Ms. Humaira Taheri

3)      Mr. Massoud Almassi

4)      Mr. Amin Abassi

5)      Mr. Faraidoon Siwassi

6)      Mr. Afshar Khaleqi

7)      Mr. Arman Alion

8)      Mr. Hamdullah Mahmoudi

9)      Mr. Quderat Taheri

10)  Mr. Ruhallah Taheri

11)  Mr. Khalil Qazweena

12)  Mr. Saeed Amir Bibak

13)  Mr. Kheirullah Haqjuyan

14)  Mr. fareed Taheri

15)  Mr. Noshad taheri

16)  Mr. Mehrab Israfeeli

17)  Mr. Ibrahim Buzlah

18)  Mr. Farsheed Nadeemi

19)  Mr. Dawood Azizi

20)  Mr. Saeed Awsan Afzalee

21)  Mr. Ahsan Naderi

22)  Mr. Yahman Saburee

23)  Mr. Dawood Azizi

24)  Mr. Saieed Mehrdad Mashashee

25)  Mr. Behzad Taherian

26)  Mr. Abass Faqiree

 

Among the detainees are found Mr. Ruhallah Taheri and Mr. Ruhallah Taheri who are the brothers of Mr. Nimkard Taheri who ended his life by putting him-self on fire to protest the government officials’ insult to Yarasani faith on March 2013 before the Kermanshah governorate in Kurdistan of Iran.

The detention of Kurdish Yarasani faith protestors for religious affiliation runs counter to articles 13, 14, and 26 of Iranian’s Constitution, which protect the rights of minority religions. It also constitutes an evident violation of Iran’s obligations under the International Covenant, in particular to respect freedom of religion and belief and freedom of expression and association.

According to article 18 of the International Covenant Civil Political Rights (ICCPR) and the CPR committee’s general comments, “the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief necessarily entails the freedom to choose a religion or belief, including the right to replace one’s current religion or belief with another or to adopt atheistic views, as well as the right to retain one’s religion or belief“.
We believe that the detention of Yarasani faith followers is undue and demand their urgent release.

We call upon the UN Special Rapporteur to urge the Rouhani government to release the Kurdish protestors.

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

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

 

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