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The Killid Group
Executed Afghans for SaleWritten by
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 11:16
Approximately 3,000 Afghan prisoners are currently awaiting capital punishment in Iran. Most of these Afghans have been sentenced to death over narcotics trafficking after being convicted by the Iranian judiciary. Nearly 45 have been hung so far with the bodies going back to their families only after they covered the transportation cost associated with repatriation that can go up to US$2,000, according to relatives interviewed by Killid in Herat.
Most of those executed were residents of Herat and Ghor provinces. Their families claim they were only workers and had no involvement with narcotics. If this is the case, Iranians' recent action could be considered extortion or blackmail. Either way the Iranian regime is returning to its old ways towards Afghans.
The Afghan government has behaved weakly and feebly on this regard. Instead, is talking about the brotherhood between Afghans and Iranians. Perhaps this is because the Iranian government is currently paying one million dollar monthly to the Afghan government in aid. Moreover, Iran has strong ties and influence over a number of Afghan political groups and media outlets, which helps to keep public criticism to a minimum.
Approximately 30 percent of Afghan narcotics are currently exported to Iran, where the industry employs hundreds of Iranian traffickers and thousands of Iranian distributors. Afghan poppies and opium have long fueled Iranian addicts at all levels of society. And Iran's historic role as a narcotics conduit to Turkey and Europe beyond suggest that Iranian authorities at all levels are likely complicit to some extent.
In terms of the 3,000 Afghans sentenced to death, it is still unclear how and why they were convicted and charged.
When Iranians capture an Afghan refugee committing a crime, it is common practice to force a confession through torture.
Iranian courts are no better. Few Afghans have access to lawyers but even if they did, few are ever given a fair trial as Iranians commonly look down on most Afghans as either murderers, drug traffickers or killers whose rights get short thrift.
Hanging 3,000 Afghans, each with a family, would be a great betrayal and a further smear on Afghan-Iranian relations. Today Iranians are commandeering Helmand and Hariroud lakes, and are also filling their pockets with millions of dollar through the use of Afghan highways to export to the markets of Asia. Chabahar Commercial Port is receiving millions of dollar through Afghanistan and Afghan markets are filled with Iranian good of questionable quality. These all point to the weakness of the Afghan government and its inability to use such effective and strong means and device against the theocratic regime. Afghanistan's feeble foreign minister is also keeping silent and is still unaware of how many Afghan bodies have been repatriated.
While Afghans are forced find work in Iran where their rights are frequently trampled upon, the Afghan government is benefiting from Iranian trade and aid.
Afghan migrants are sweating blood for little money in Iran when their home country is rich in natural and mineral resources that should be able to create enough jobs to keep Afghan youth at home and out of Iranian jails.
As Iranians officials decided whether to hang all 3,000 Afghan detainees, Afghans from every ethnic group and tribe should raise their protest against Iran's recent persecution of Afghans since there's little hope that the Afghan government will do it.