Human Rights Group: 37 Kurdish Kolbars Killed In Iran in Eight Months

Human Rights Group: 37 Kurdish Kolbars Killed In Iran in Eight Months

 Up to 37 Kurdish Kolbars (porters) were killed by the Iranian security forces or fell off mountains on the border areas of Iran in eight months, a human rights group said.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association said in a report on Wednesday (November 22) that it has reported 433 violations against the Kurdish Kolbars between March and October.

The human rights group said the Kolbars were either directly shot dead by the Iranian security forces or fell off mountains while they were chased by the Iran’s forces.  

Four others were also killed in snow-drifts during the eight months, the group added.

The Kurdistan human rights association also stated that 42 Kurdish Kolbars were wounded by the security forces and six others were injured by mines.

According to statistics in 2016, 49 Kurdish porters died, 41 of which were killed by the Iranian security forces, and 47 others were wounded.

Kurds in Iran began working in the transportation of goods by foot due to the economic crisis and unemployment in Iran.