At least 2 Iranian Kurdistan Kolbars killed, 16 wounded in April
A number of Kolbars (porters) are seen during climbing a rugged mountain (File)
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – At least two Kolbars (porters) were killed and sixteen others and local tradesmen were injured mostly by dire fire from the Iranian security forces during April, said a watchdog on Sunday (May 2).
78 percent of the victims were shot by
direct fire from the Iranian armed forces, Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reported, noting one of the porters who lost his live was due to tortured by the Turkish armed forces.
Most of the casualties were from Kurdistan province’s Sanandaj and the deaths were from West Azerbaijan’s Urmia, the watchdog added.
Kolbars carry heavy loads of contraband on their backs across the western Iran and eastern Kurdistan Region, 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, either through direct fire from Iranian forces, natural disasters or landmine explosions.
At least 15 porters and local tradesmen were killed under
torture, lost their lives in natural disasters and wounded in the Iranian Kurdistan’s border areas throughout March, reported by Hengaw.
Iran’s border guards have “unlawfully” shot dead
at least 40 Kurdish Kolbars and wounded dozens of others during the year of 2020 in cross-border shootings, According to Amnesty International.