Landmine Victims Archives – KHRN

June 17, 2024

Iran-Iraq war remnant blast kills Kurdish civilian in Baneh

A Kurdish man, Hadi Ghoncheh-Doust, from Zali village in Baneh, Kurdistan Province, died today from severe injuries caused by the explosion of military ordnance left over from the Iran-Iraq war. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that the explosion took place while Ghoncheh-Doust was handling the ordnance and that he died from the severity of his injuries after being taken to Salahuddin Ayoubi…

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May 22, 2024

Landmine explosion kills one, injures two in Oshnavieh

A landmine explosion has killed one man and injured two others while they were collecting spring herbs in the Kileh Shin heights of Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan Province, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned. Esmail Azouzameh, 37, a father of three, died at the scene and his companions, brothers Seyyed Hadi Mousavi, 26, and Seyyed Hemin Mousavi, 27, were injured in the explosion. The incident…

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April 22, 2024

War remnants claim life of Kurdish woman in Gilan-e Gharb

Kurdish civilian Akhtar Khanom Moradi died on 21 April as a result of injuries sustained from the detonation of unexploded ordnance from the Iran-Iraq war in the village of Gur-e Sefid in Gilan-e Gharb, Kermanshah Province. The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that Moradi was injured on 20 April while collecting scrap iron and died the following day at Al-Zahra Hospital in Gilan-e…

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March 7, 2024

Four kolbars injured by border guards, landmine blast in Nowsud

A landmine explosion in the Nowsud border area of Kermanshah Province injured two kolbars, Mohammad Mirani and Aboubakr Rostamian, in the early hours of 7 March. Additionally, Ata Hosseini, a 32-year-old kolbar from Paveh, Kermanshah Province, was wounded in the chest by Iranian border guards’ gunfire, while Afshin Nazari, from Salas-e Babajani, Kermanshah Province, was injured in the face after being detained and beaten by…

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May 9, 2023

Worker killed by war remnant blast in Salas-e Babajani

Aziz Morad Shams, a worker who was injured in the explosion of the remnants of the Iran-Iraq war in Salas-e Babajani, Kermanshah province, on 8 May, died today in Kermanshah’s Taleghani Hospital due to the severity of his injuries. Shams, 43, who worked as a guard at the Changaran Dam in the Ezgeleh district of Salas-e Babajani, was severely injured in the stomach and face…

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April 12, 2023

Landmine blast severely injures civilian in Iran’s Qasr-e Shirin

A landmine explosion severely injured an employee of Iran’s demining department in the border areas of Qasr-e-Shirin, Kermanshah province, on 10 April. The civilian, whose identity is not known yet, suffered severe injuries on his hands and face. He was transferred to a medical centre in Kermanshah for treatment. Every year, dozens of civilians in Iran’s border areas, especially in the provinces of West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah,…

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February 23, 2023

Landmine blast kills civilian in Iran’s western border region

Civilian Abdol-Hossein Ghadimi died as a result of a landmine explosion in the Mimak border area of Ilam, western Iran, on 20 February. The 60-year-old civilian, who comes from the village of Kolkol-e Asemanabad in Ilam province, was engaged in animal husbandry.

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August 19, 2022

Kolbar loses leg, eyes in landmine explosion in Baneh

A landmine blast in Hangeh-ye Zhal border area of Baneh, Kurdistan province, severely injured a kolbar identified as Mahmoud Osmani Jang-e Sar on 18 August. The kolbar who comes from the Jang-e Sar village of Salmas, West Azerbaijan province, has lost one of his legs and his both eyes. Osmani’s family is not able to transfer him to medical centres in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province, due…

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August 19, 2022

Landmine blast severely injures child kolbar in Baheh

A child kolbar identified as Amanj Azarpour was severely injured by a landmine explosion in the Hangeh-ye Zhal border area of Baneh, Kurdistan province, on 17 August. The 17-year-old kolbar was reportedly taken to a medical centre in Tehran due to the severity of his injuries. Azarpour comes from Saheb in Kurdistan province, northwestern Iran.

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PUBLICATIONS

Monthly Report of June 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of May 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of April 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Kurdistan Human Rights Network’s Annual Report

This report addresses the violations of the human rights of Kurdish civilians in Iran during the Iranian year 1402 (21 March 2023 – 19…

Monthly Report of March 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of February 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Extrajudicial executions: Ra’uf Sheikhi killing

Joint explanation of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN, or Network) and the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (ABC, or Center):…

Monthly Report of January 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Special report: 23 women killed, dozens arrested, sentenced, fired from jobs

This report details cases of femicide, suspicious deaths of women, as well as the arrest and imprisonment of Kurdish women activists and their removal…

Kurdistan Human Rights Network’s Annual Report – 2023

This 2023 report details human rights violations of the Kurds in Iran. As in previous years, the violations span across the spectrum of linguistic,…

Monthly Report of December 2023

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of…

Monthly Report of June 2024

In its monthly reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) highlights cases of human rights violations in Kurdistan and violations of the rights of Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

This report includes all cases recorded and reported by KHRN from across Iran through its own sources and verification mechanisms from 1 June to 30 June.

The restrictive environment for independent human rights organisations in Iran, coupled with the pressures faced by individuals subjected to human rights violations and their families, make it difficult to publish accurate and comprehensive reports.

It is therefore important to note that the statistics and information presented in this report do not cover all cases of human rights violations. This report is the result of examining news and reports published by the KHRN and fact-checking of reports published by other human rights organisations and news websites.

Femicide

In June, two women were killed by their husbands in Piranshahr and Sanandaj over alleged “family disputes”.

Kolbars and tradesmen

During this period, at least two kolbars were shot dead and nine kolbars were injured by Iranian border guards.

Of the injured, three were shot while six others were beaten by the border guards.

Civilian killings

In early June, at least two Kurdish civilians were killed by Iranian border guards in Oshnavieh.

On 2 June, Mohammad Ali Shiro was shot and wounded by border guards while collecting spring plants.

On 8 June, Jafar Gardi was shot and wounded by border guards on the suspicion of carrying contraband.

Landmine explosions

On 17 June, Hadi Ghoncheh-Doust, a civilian, was killed in a landmine explosion in Baneh.

Detentions and arrests

Throughout June, Iranian forces arrested at least 14 individuals, including two Yarsani civilians, an activist and a 73-year-old man.

At least two of the detained civilians were sent to Naqadeh Prison to serve prison sentences.

Sentences

Over the past month, Iranian courts have sentenced at least nine people to punishments ranging from one year to three years and four months in prison.

Meanwhile, in early June, the Amnesty Commission overturned the death sentence of Kurdish Sunni cleric Mohammad Khezrnezhad.

  • Femicide
  • Kolbars and tradesmen
  • Civilian killings
  • Landmine explosions
  • Detentions and arrests
  • Sentences
NameIncident locationIncident dateExplanation
1Leyla PaymardPiranshahr16 June 32 years old, mother of two daughters aged 13 and 9, was set on fire by her husband due to family disputes and died four days later in Orumiyeh hospital
2Narmin PirahmanSanandaj23 JuneKilled by husband with multiple stab wounds in front of an office in Sanandaj as a result of “family dispute and conflict over divorce”
NameFromIncident locationIncident dateDead/InjuredExplanation
1Mozaffar Asad-RokhMarivanMarivan3 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
2Parviz GhaderiSaqqezBaneh4 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
3 Salah (surname unknown)Sarvabad, MarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan4 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
4Hazhir MahmoudpourJavanrudNowsud5 JuneKilledShot by border guards
5Shadman PayaMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan10 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
6Naseh (surname unknown)Kalatrazan, SanandajTateh, Hawraman, Marivan10 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
7Arman HosseiniSaqqezBaneh11 JuneInjuredShot by border guards
8Arkan BalvasehMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan21 JuneKilled29 years old, not carrying goods, shot by border guards
9Mohammad KakiBanehBaneh26 JuneInjured21 years old, shot by border guards
10Omid MoradiMarivanTateh, Hawraman, Marivan28 JuneInjuredBeaten by border guards
11Shirzad ChawshiniBanehBaneh29 JuneInjuredBeaten and shot by border guards
NameFromLocationDateOrganizationExplanation
1Mohammad Ali ShiroOshnaviehOshnavieh2 JuneOshnavieh border guardsShot and wounded by border guards while collecting spring plants
2Jafar GardiOshnaviehOshnavieh8 JuneOshnavieh border guardsShot and wounded by border guards on the suspicion of carrying contraband
NameFromLocation of incidentDate of incidentStatus
1Hadi Ghoncheh-DoustBanehBaneh17 JuneKilled
NameFromDetention locationDetention dateActivityLocation held and latest status
1Matin (Zanyar) MehdizadehOshnaviehOshnavieh2 JuneCivilian
2Adel Haji KhelaniSi Sar village, SardashtSardasht2 JuneCivilian
3Younes NabizadehDalo villageOrumiyeh6 JuneCivilian
4Reza BabrnezhadQuchanQuchan6 JuneFamily member of killed civilian
5Heidar FatahiMarivanMarivan8 JuneCivilian
6Mohammad Amin MohammadiPiranshahrPiranshahr10 June73-year-old civilianTaken to Naqadeh Prison to serve 2 years
7Farid BadidastDivandarrehDivandarreh12 JuneCivilian
8Pourya MennatiSahnehKermanshahJuneYarsani civilian
9Shoja MennatiSahnehKermanshahJuneYarsani civilian
10Jafar (Dara) AminiBukanBukan15 JuneFormer political prisoner and civil rights activist
11Esmaeil Pour-AbdollahBukanBukanMid-JuneCivilian
12Salah SouriPiranshahrPiranshahrMid-JuneCivilian
13Edris DadrasMarivanMarivan25 JuneCivilian, beaten during arrest
14Akam KhezrnezhadPiranshahrPiranshahr30 JuneCivilianTaken to Naqadeh Prison to serve 2 years
NameResident ofCharged withDate sentencedIssuing courtSentenceExplanation
1Mohammad KhezrnezhadBukanSpreading corruption on earth, harming the integrity of the country’s independence, propaganda against the stateEarly JuneAmnesty CommissionCancellation of the death sentenceKurdish Sunni cleric
2Yousef Haji-KhoshOshnaviehAction against national security through collaboration with one of the opposition partiesMid-JuneIslamic Revolutionary Court in Oshnavieh3 years and 4 months imprisonment Member of the Central Council and Executive Board of the United Kurdish Front
3Farhad SheikhiSaqqezPropaganda against the Islamic Republic of IranMid-JuneBranch One of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj1 year imprisonment, 2 years ban on leaving Iran, 2 years life in exile Divandarreh, ban on living in Alborz and Tehran provinces for two yearsLabour activist
4Morteza SeyyediKamyaranForming a group with the intention of disrupting the security of the country22 JuneBranch Two of Islamic Revolutionary Court in Shahriar2 years of imprisonment including previous detentionLabour activist
5Mehdi MajidiBukanSupporting the Israeli government, propaganda against the state, insulting the leadership23 JuneCourt of Appeal of Orumiyeh Confirmation of the sentence of 3 years imprisonmentCivilian
6Matin HassaniBukanEnticing or inciting people to fight and kill each other with the intention of disrupting the country’s security, propaganda against the state25 JuneBranch 101 of Criminal Court Two in Bukan31 months imprisonment