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Iran's President thanks Judiciary Chief for citizen rights circular

Tehran, June 28, IRNA-Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said in Tehran on Monday he was thankful of Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi for issuing a circular which required the Justice system to respect human rights of every citizen.

He told a gathering of Judiciary officials that he was pleased with his campaign for civil rights of every citizen was welcomed by judiciary chief and he took brave steps to restore individual rights of the people "though there had been resistance by those who hold different interpretation of Islam".

President Khatami expressed upbeat about coordination between the executive body and the Judiciary at the end of his term and hoped that no innocent individual would be put into custody.

"Even a culprit should not be exposed to a behavior ignoring human rights. Those in charge of prisons should respect human rights of the convicts."

He said that Islam was capable of building an ideal society and believed focusing merely on rituals was in fact a treason to the true essence of Islam.

President Khatami said the main point in a religious democracy is satisfaction of public with the administration which is pre-condition for legitimacy of a government system provided divine regulations should also be observed in running the society.

He stressed that no legitimate religious rule could ever exist in the absence of public satisfaction.

"Islam is a religion which is advocated by public, is for the public and always adheres to public interests which underlines public participation in all areas and looks at women as human beings who should enjoy equal rights."

Touching upon Islam's economic views, he said generating wealth is a value advocated by Islam and emphasized the need for fair distribution of wealth in the society.

... Payvand News - 6/28/05 ... --

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