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5/15/04

Iran close to ratification of international torture act

Tehran, May 15, IRNA -- Parliament was expected Saturday to address reservations held by a supervisory body about Iran's ratification of the International Convention Against Torture and in doing so, apparently remove the last hurdle.

The parliament approved the bill on July 23 last year, but it was quashed by the Guardians Council on the ground it contradicted both the Islamic Sharia law and the Constitution.

The Guardians Council argued that the law would saddle the government with cumbersome expenses, for which no source of compensation had been envisaged.

The rapporteur of parliament's legal and judicial commission, Mohammad Kazemi, stated that the Management and Planning Organization had specified the source from which the bill for Iran's membership in the UN convention would be footed.

The commission, he said, would vote on the decision Saturday before sending the law to the Guardians Council for further screening.

The council endorsed early this month a new law passed by Iran's outgoing parliament to ban torture and guarantee the rights of citizens.

The Iranian constitution bans any form of torture, but the new law is seen to strengthen force against any violations.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted Convention Banning Torture and other Crucial, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on October 10, 1984 which went into force on June 26, 1987 and is binding on all member states.

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