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Iran's Parliament amends bill on joining UN anti-torture convention

Iran's parliament (Majlis) on Sunday amended a bill calling on the government to sign up to a UN convention that bans torture by including in the bill that UN will cover the administrative costs for joining the convention, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The supervisory Guardian Council (GC) had returned the bill to the chamber in August arguing that it had failed to determine how the costs for joining the convention will be supported.

Under the single article of the bill, the Iranian government is authorized to join the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment that comprises an introduction and 33 articles.

The MPs in their debates over the bill approved a proposal by Mohsen Mirdamadi, a deputy from Tehran, that the costs for Iran's adhesion to the convention would be covered from the regular budget of the United Nations.

Mirdamadi told the MPs that the Foreign Ministry in a letter had informed the Majlis that Iran will not have to bear any costs for joining the convention, and that UN will provide financial support for the countries that join the convention.

He said the UN General Assembly in a letter on December 16, 1992, to the Secretary-General Kofi Annan had requested him to provide adequate resources for the countries to join the convention.

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