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Iran security forces employ lethal force against Kurdish border couriers: Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch reported on Monday that Iranian safety forces employed deadly pressure in opposition to predominantly Kurdish border couriers that handed rugged terrain to move items between Iraq and Iran.

Kurdish border couriers interviewed by Human Rights Watch stated that Iranian safety forces shot them and killed their kinfolk, and beat them in detention. A border courier additionally allegedly misplaced a leg upon stepping on a landmine. Interviewees stated that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and FARAJA Border Guard pressure had been concerned in utilizing deadly pressure in opposition to the border couriers.

In keeping with appearing Iran researcher at Human Rights Watch Nahid Naghshbandi, Iranian safety forces used deadly pressure in opposition to Kurdish border couriers to “repress socially and economically marginalized Kurdish communities”. Naghshbandi stated, “Iranian authorities ought to develop sustainable financial alternatives in border areas to scale back dependency on border courier work for these communities to economically survive.”

Kurdish border couriers, also called Kulbars, work as border couriers legally or illegally resulting from poverty and unemployment. Whereas Iranian authorities allege that they want to broadly regulate the border couriers’ financial actions as an alternative of repressing them, Iranian authorities have been known as out for repressing and marginalizing Kurdish communities.

Iran allegedly executed not less than eight Kurdish political prisoners this yr over “corruption on earth” and waging struggle on God. The UN Watch additionally found Iran accountable for “bodily violence” that triggered the death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian-Kurdish lady, in September 2022. Amini was arrested for allegedly violating legal guidelines that mandate ladies to put on a hijab. The UN Watch stated that bodily violence imposed on Amini when she was held in custody resulted in her demise. Her demise triggered road protests in Iran. However, Iran’s Ministry of International Affairs spokesman Nasser Kanaani said that European and American political leaders exploited the demise of Amini and supported individuals who sought to undermine Iran’s nationwide safety.

Human Rights Watch said that the Kurdish border couriers have restricted entry to justice or cures.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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