Stop killing and persecuting Cross border labourers (Kolber)

A letter to all human rights advocating organisations:

For nearly two months Borders of Bane city in Kurdistan of Iran has been a kill zone for all those people who poverty and unemployment forced them to carry heavy items between Iran and Iraq’s mountainous borders for a very small amount of money, those people are called “Kolber”.

Kurdish areas in Iran are the most isolated and undeveloped places of that country, because Iran’s government uses a policy of isolation and distributes the country’s budget unfairly in those areas, people of Kurdish areas are also have less chance for employment.

The level of Poverty and unemployment are highest in Kurdish areas compared to anywhere in the country, that is why a lot of locals are choosing this difficult job in Iran, Iraq and Turkey’s borders.

Kurdish elites, such as master’s and doctoral students or athletes, are often forced to work as a Cross border labourer due to unemployment. One example would be Hiwa Aziz Nejat, a karate champion and member of the Iranian national team. The Kurdish athlete felt like he had no choice to become a labourer in Bane’s border areas only to cover the cost of participating in the Iranian national team, unfortunately he was shot on his legs by Iranian border forces on 12th of September. He is now under medical treatment and it’s not clear if he can participate in the championships again.

Killing Kolbers is not new phenomenon, thousands of Kurdish cross-border labourers were killed or badly injured in the last 30 years, and the killers who are soldiers in Irans military forces have never faced punishment for their actions.

Two months ago when Ahmed Ali Gudarzi commander of Iran’s border forces visited the city of Bane, and commanded to tighten that city’s borders and punish whoever violates that command severely.

The border forces extreme behaviour caused the life of 8 Kolbers and 23 others were wounded, those numbers increase radically, Kolbers are being shot to death or executed without being judged in court.

Two months ago when Ahmed Ali Gudarzi commander of Iran’s border forces visited the city of Bane, and commanded to tighten that city’s borders and punish whoever violates that command severely.

The border forces extreme behaviour caused the life of 8 Kolbers and 23 others were wounded, those numbers increase radically, Kolbers are being shot to death or executed without being judged in court.

Killing Kolbers are being falsely justified by a ruling that Ruhollah Khomeini Irans first supreme leader had against Kurds 43 years ago. And that is another reason why border forces kill Kolbers without fears of ever being punished.

Killing Kolbers are part of Kurdish genocide in Iran.

We are asking you as a human rights advocating organisation to take notice of this serious matter, and not to take systematic killings of Kolbers by Iran’s forces lightly.

We need your organisation to pressure Iran’s government so that it ends killing Kolbers.

 Best regard

Mohammed Amini, Journalist and Human Rights activist