40 Kurdish Kolbars unlawfully killed by Iran: Amnesty
File Photo - Kolbars (porters) are seen who carries heavy loads of contraband on their backs across borderlands between western Iran and eastern Kurdistan Region. (File)
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Amnesty International said Iran’s border guards have “unlawfully” shot dead 40 Kurdish Kolbars and wounded dozens of others during the year of 2020 in cross-border shootings.
Kurdish Kolbars “work under cruel and inhuman conditions,” Amnesty International said in its 2020 human rights report
sourcing Kurdish human rights organizations.
“Iran's border guards continued to unlawfully shoot scores of unarmed Kurdish kulbars who work, under cruel and inhumane conditions, as cross-border porters between the Kurdistan regions of Iran and Iraq, killing at least 40 men and injuring dozens of others, according to Kurdish human rights
Porters, particularly from Iranian Kurdistan, carry heavy loads of contraband on their backs across the western, blaming the high rate of unemployment in Iran’s Kurdish-populated provinces, where many of the porters come from.
Working in the smuggling trade on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region has cost the lives of hundreds of Kurdish porters, known as “Kolbar.”
Hundreds of porters have been killed or injured by Iranian border guards and security forces in past years; others have died after being caught up in natural disasters, falling from mountains, or stepping on land mines that remain from the 1980-1988 war with Iraq.