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Parliament amends anti-torture bill

IRIB English News

Tehran, Dec 21 - 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.

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.
7 posted on 12/21/2003 7:21:57 AM PST by F14 Pilot (A wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.)
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Iran says Israel should destroy WMD

Albawba News

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Sunday hailed Libya's decision to abide by the treaties on banning the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, stressing that Tehran considers the decision as positive.

"Now, the international community and supporters of the Zionist regime are expected to pressure Israel to destroy the weapons that threaten the region," he said.

It should be recalled that Israel's Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said last week that an operation to destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities if necessary is under consideration. Speaking in Persian last week on Israel Radio, Mofaz said that if the need arises to destroy Iran's nuclear capability, "the necessary steps will be taken so that Iranian citizens will not be harmed."
8 posted on 12/21/2003 7:28:19 AM PST by F14 Pilot (A wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.)
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