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Iran's National Museum to display Cyrus Charter of Human Rights

Tehran, April 18, IRNA -- Director of Iran National Museum Mohammad Reza Kargar here Sunday said the Human Rights Charter drawn up by the founder of Achaemenid dynasty Cyrus the Great will be showcased in Iran Bastan Museum in 2006 after its restoration.

The charter is a declaration inscribed on a clay barrel listing the laws of the period. It is known as the first human rights charter and a rare ancient object introducing Iran's history and civilization of Achaemenid era.

The salient features of Cyrus Charter are religious freedom, elimination of slavery and equality for all humans.

He pointed out that Iran Bastan Museum will display this charter and other Iranian artifacts for one to two years.

Kargar told IRNA that the scheduled exhibit of the Cyrus Charter of Human Rights follows an agreement reached between Kargar and the director of London's British Museum Neil McGregor.

The artifact currently on show at the British Museum will be lent to Iran National Museum for two years.

He said that a team of Iranian and Italian experts are currently working on an earthquake-resistant design for Iran Bastan Museum building and its restoration will get underway once the design is finalized.

The architecture of the new museum building will be based on the style of ancient Sassanid era.

Iran Bastan Museum, which is a part of Iran's National Museum, is located on Imam Khomeini Avenue, next to 30th Tir Street.

The official expressed hope that the restoration of Iran Bastan Museum would start towards the end of current Iranian year (started March 20).

Kargar hoped that once Iran Bastan Museum becomes operational after restoration, other artifacts would be assembled from British Museum and other world museums for display there.

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