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Iran's Parliament ratifies outlines of bill to join anti-torture convention

According to reports by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) from Tehran, Majlis (Iranian Parliament) on Sunday approved the outlines of a bill calling on Iran to sign up to the UN anti-torture convention, the local press reported here on Monday.

The Persian-language newspaper `Mardom Salari' reported that the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has unanimously approved the outlines of the bill.

The anti-torture bill that was signed last week by over 100 deputies follows another move by the parliamentarians last May to define various kinds of torture which was later rejected by the supervising Guardians Council (GC).

The Majlis had defined examples of torture in prisons, and denounced confessions thus obtained as being unfit for presentation in courts.

The GC, however, returned the bill to the chamber indicating certain parts which it said challenged the authority of the judge.

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