A porter, from the village of Sengeveh, located in the Alan of Sardasht area, in West of Iran, was killed by direct shootings in the border area of Sardasht, on Monday, April 22, 2019.
His name was “Taher Darang” (35), according to the Campaign for the Defense of Civil and Political Prisoners.
Working as a border porter or “kolbar” has turned into a prominent occupation for many in Iran’s western cities bordering Iraq and Turkey.
A porter, from the village of Sengeveh, located in the Alan of Sardasht area, told the Campaign: “Border Guards stationed in the Sardasht border area targeted the group on Monday for allegedly carrying smuggled goods without prior warning.”
In the past few decades, dozens of “kolbars” who have been forced into this occupation due to economic difficulties have died. In addition to dangers such as falling down mountains and frostbites, firing at Kulbars have killed dozens in recent years and injured dozens.
Iran arbitrarily killed and wounded 300 in 2018
An annual report by Human rights groups said that at least 300 Iranian citizens were directly or indirectly killed or wounded by Iran’s state security forces in 2018.
According to the report, at least 142 reports were published about these incidents which indicate the widespread use of lethal force by Iran’s security forces without due process which amounts to arbitrary killings.