Life in Iran Today21 Kolbars Killed in Iran Since March

21 Kolbars Killed in Iran Since March

-

Iran porters

By Jubin Katiraie

Iranian border guards have shot dead 21 kolbars in the past five months in western Iran, so Iranian Twitter users have been protesting with the hashtag #كولبر_نكشيد (do not kill kolbars), which became Iran’s top trending topic on Twitter on Sunday.

Who are kobars?

They are border porters – usually young men – who have the arduous task of carrying heavy loads across the mountainous terrain between Iran and Iraq. Many are university graduates or national athletes who have no choice but to take this low paying job, because of rising unemployment and poverty in the border regions.

The job contains risks to their life, such as falling off narrow paths or becoming injured through the constant movement of heavy goods. Other common causes of death or injury are avalanches, hyperthermia, and hypothermia. Most kolbars cannot afford to pay hospital bills if injured.

Why are they being killed?

The regime, which profits from its smuggling, wrongly declares the kobars to be smugglers, and routinely shoots and kills them.

The 21 kolbar deaths we mentioned above does not include porters who were injured or maimed by security forces since the start of the new Iranian year on March 21.

Recent killings

The most recent case of a kolbar being shot dead was on July 31, when Iranian border forces opened fire on a group of kolbars in Chaldaran without warning; shooting Reza Pour Ismael three times in the stomach at close range.  

His death follows Shemzin Ahmadi on July 17, who was wounded when the Iranian Revolutionary Guards opened fire on him and died after eight days in hospital. In June, former storeowner Ibrahim Jordizaj and  Ahmadi’s brother Arsalan were killed.

In May, security forces killed Kamran Mulania, the father of a 5-year-old girl, after opening fire on a group of kolbars in Sardasht, and Vazir Mohammad, a father of one from Kermanshah.

The regime isn’t particularly worried about prosecuting their agents for these extrajudicial killings, but they did crack down heavily on a group of men who protested the killing of porters in 2017.

This case came to court this year in Baneh and, in July, 10 men were each sentenced to 25 lashes, three months in prison, and 25 million tomans fine for their protests.

Also in July, the Hengaw Human Rights Organization reported that at least 14 kolbars were injured in the Kurdistan border region, with 80% of these being the result of direct fire by border forces.

 

Read More:

Dozens of Iranian Porters Killed and Wounded by IRGC in the Past Month

Latest news

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the...

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Who Is Abolqasem Salavati Iran Regime’s Killer Judge?

Last week, it was announced that the case of several people who were arrested during the Iranian People's uprising...

Iran Revolution Characteristics

More than two months have passed since the start of the latest round of protests in Iran against the...

Must read

Iranian leader Ahmadinejad begins Lebanon visit

BBC: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Lebanon...

Iraqi forces turn over Iranian rockets to Coalition – U.S. military

Iran Focus: London, Dec. 13 – Iraqi security forces...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you