Report on human rights violations in Rojhilat in April

Human rights violations against Kurdish civilians and activists in the Kurdish region of Iran continued in 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 Kurdish civilians in different regions and cities across Iran.

KHRN released a new report including all cases recorded and reported by KHRN from across Iran through its own sources and verification mechanisms from 1 April to 30 April.

Accordingly, 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.


According to KHRN’s findings, Iran executed at least six prisoners in April, four on drug-related charges and two for “premeditated murder”.

The executions took place in prisons in Orumiyeh, Hamadan, Kerman, Karaj, Saqqez, and Ardabil.

Landmine explosions

In the past month, landmine explosions killed a civilian in Gilan-e Gharb and injured another in Saqqez.

Kolbars and tradesmen

During this period, at least four kolbars were shot dead by Iranian border guards and 22 kolbars were injured.

Of the injured, 18 were shot by Iranian border guards, two fell from heights at the border, one was beaten and one was injured during the pursuit of the border guards.

Detentions and arrests

Throughout April, Iranian forces arrested at least 45 civilians, including eight activists, a journalist, and a former political prisoner.

At least 13 of the detained civilians were sent to prisons in Oshnavieh and Naqadeh to serve prison sentences.


In the past month, Iranian courts have sentenced at least 10 people to punishments ranging from three months to 10 years in prison.

Among those sentenced was Kurdish rapper Saman Yasin, who was sentenced to five years of exile imprisonment in Babak, Kerman Province, by the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran after one year and seven months of detention.