Kolbar Jian Ali-Pour Shot Dead by Regime Military Forces at Border Areas of Sardasht County

On Thursday, October 14, a kolbar was killed by the direct shooting of military forces in border areas near Sardasht.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on Thursday, the man has been identified as Jian Ali-Pour, a resident of a village in County Sardasht. He was married with two children. According to this report, the military forces shot him dead without any warning beforehand.

Many poor people living in border areas turn to this illegal work and carry loads on foot through borders to make ends meet. Yearly, dozens of kolbars are injured and killed from accidents, dangerous conditions, and border guard shootings.

HRANA’s annual human rights report has specifically documented cases in which military forces’ use of live ammunition against citizens has led to their injury or death.

According to the 2020 report, other than material damages like loss of pack animals due to road accidents, frost, or avalanche, 36 cross-border laborers (kolbars) have been shot dead, and 109 have been injured by military forces and border guards.

 

Salar Salehi Arrested by Security Forces in Sanandaj

On Monday, September 27, Salar Salehi, who is from Sanandaj in Kurdistan Province, was arrested by security forces.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Mr. Salehi is said to have been transferred to a security detention center for questioning following his arrest.

As of this writing, the exact whereabouts and the charges against Mr. Salehi are not known.

Salah Hossein-Panah Detained in Baneh

On Wednesday, September 22, Salah Hossein-Panah was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Hossein-Panah is from Baneh City in Kurdistan Province.

According to this report, the security forces searched Mr. Hossein-Panah’s house and confiscated some of his belongings.

As of this writing, the whereabouts of the detainee and the charges against him are unknown.

Inmate Executed in Zanjan Prison on Drug-Related Charges

This Tuesday, September 21, Mr. Jodat Rabt (Jodatian) was executed in Zanjan Prison on drug-related charges.

According to the HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Rabt was a native of Sheshmal village in the Urmia area. He was a husband and father of three.

Rabt was arrested four years ago on drug-related charges and later sentenced to death by the judiciary.

Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per capita, according to international organizations. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) reported that between January 1 and December 20 of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed. One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders.

An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death. According to the same report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary, which human rights organizations call “secret” executions.

Ali Zolfi Sentenced to 4 Months in Prison

Ali Zolfi, a native of Bukan in West Azerbaijan Province, was sentenced to imprisonment by the court.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Zolfi received a sentence of 4 months and 9 days.

According to this report, in July of this year, Branch 2 of the Bukan Criminal Court, headed by Judge Peyman Rostami, sentenced Mr. Zolfion a charge of “propaganda against the regime”.

Ali Zolfi was arrested by security forces in January 2021 and was released on bail of 200 million Tomans in late February after interrogations.

The citizen is said to have been denied telephone calls, family visits, and access to a lawyer during his detention.

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Citizen Summoned and Arrested by Marivan Intelligence Office

On Thursday, August 26, 26-year-old Mohammad Rasaei, a resident of the village of Sardush in the city of Marivan, was arrested.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Rasaei was arrested after being summoned to the city’s intelligence office.

The report quoted an informed source saying Mr. Rasaei was summoned to the Marivan Intelligence Office by telephone.

As of this writing, no information is available on the reasons for Mr. Rasaei’s arrest or the charges against him.

Citizen Arrested by Security Forces in Oshnavieh in West Azerbaijan Province

On Monday, August 16th, Sardar Alani was arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Sardar Alani is a resident of the village of Singan in the City of Oshnavieh and has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.

The report quoted an informed source as saying that IRGC intelligence forces detained Mr. Alani at a checkpoint between Singan village and Oshnavieh town without a court order.

As of this writing, no information is available on the reasons behind Alani’s arrest or the charges against him.

Six Citizens Summoned and Arrested in Oshnavieh in West Azerbaijan Province

On Monday, August 2, two citizens were arrested by security forces and taken to an unknown location in Oshnavieh.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan, the identities of these citizens are Obaid Anvari, son of Rahim, from the village of Amirabad, and 22-year-old Ribvar Charakdari, son of Mohammad.

According to the report, another citizen named Hassan Shadikhah, a native of Sengan village in Oshnavieh, was summoned by the Oshnavieh Intelligence Office and interrogated for several hours.

The Kurdpa report states that three other citizens were arrested in the county of Oshnavieh besides the above mentioned ones. Kurdpa has identified the detainees as Farhad Maroufi, son of Hassan, from Aliabad village, Rahman Asadi, son of Mahmoud, from Aliabad village, and Jalal Ghaderzadeh, son of Abdollah, from Nalous. As of this writing, no information is available on the whereabouts of the detainees and the charges against them.

Habib Rezaei Executed on Charge of Murder in Salmas Prison

At dawn on Monday, June 21, Habib Rezaei was executed in Salmas Prison in West Azerbaijan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Salmas native Habib Rezaei had been previously sentenced to death on a charge of murder under the Qisas (loosely translated as “eye-for-an-eye”) principle of Shariah Law.

The report quotes an informed source as saying, “Three years ago, Mr. Rezaei killed a man in a personal altercation, and then he was sentenced to death by the judiciary”.

According to international organizations, Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per-capita. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI) reported that between January 1st and  December 20th of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed. One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death.

According to the report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary. Human rights organizations call these “secret executions.”

Rezaei’s execution has not been announced by Iranian media or official sources at the time of this writing.