Iran: People Threatened By Old & New Materiel
Although littered with mines, the Iranian regime is adding new minefields, exporting new mines, and lacks any concerted de-mining plan.
Below is an appeal issued by the Iranian Minorities Human Rights Organisation:
Land Mine is deadly silent killer left after wars. Sustainable chemical elements used in land mines are very toxic and dangerous. Mine field deeply effecting local economy. Poultry, Animal husbandry and farming are among most effected industries. Victims usually are women, children, farmers and animals. Every year at least 1000 people became victim of land mine in
Large scale of Iranian Minorities' land had covered by minefields.1980-1988 conflict with
Iranian government did not sign
In last decade Iranian government not only did not de-mine effected area, but also planted more mines in area of
The problem is not only mines, it is also explosive remnants of war (ERW) specially unexploded ordnance or UXO, left behind after war or military maneuver of Iranian army, which it is more deadly as they are attracted by children.
Arab area of South west of
Reza Washahi a researchers on minorities in Iran told IMHRO that government is not care at all about mine fields in Ahwaz, the only place that they started demining it in recent years, was huge oil reserves of Azadegan, which recently discovered and it is clearly shows Iranian government is just looking for it's own economic benefit and totally ignoring Ahwazi Arab's basic right.
Kurdish area is hugely affected by mine fields […] Main victims are children, shepherds and farmers. Many mines moved by rain and came down from highland to village's area. Ghasreh Shirin, Mehran, Dehloran, Sumar, Dashteh Zahab, Azgaleh, Nousood, Baneh, Sardasht, Asbeh Shiler and Mariwan cities are among more highly affected area by minefields.
[…] Minefields are plant in rural area and taking huge casualties from local people. News of casualties blocked by Iranian government.
Mine field are in area between Baluchistan and
According to some news Iranian government started planting land mines along
Huge mine field started by 2006. Ammunition left by army manoeuvre often making casualty. Villagers of Boghaz, Chapar Ghoveimeh and Ghareh Makher were affected by ammunition left after military manoeuvre.
One of the big issues for minorities in
In November 2006 the UN group monitoring the arms embargo on