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Presidential Campaign and Damages to Iran's National Heritage


07 June 2005



Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has called on those campaigning on behalf of presidential candidates not to damage Iranian national heritage by sticking posters and bills on historical monuments and cultural heritage edifices.

The organization referred to articles 558, 560 and 564 of the Penal Code, and said that sticking posters on ancient buildings which have been registered as cultural heritage sites is considered an offense and those found guilty will be given sentences of one to 10 years imprisonment in addition to paying compensation for the damage, reported CHN.

Gholamreza Kamyar, a lawyer for the ICHTO, said that damaging cultural heritage sites is punishable by law and violators will be prosecuted.

"If election campaign teams for presidential candidates violate the law while campaigning for the June 17 presidential election, ICHTO will take legal action against them," he warned.

The organization said that removing the posters also causes damage to ancient buildings.
"Experiences of past elections have proved that the act of sticking posters and removing them caused heavy damage to cultural heritage sites since one needs water and scrapers to remove them. Both of the means harm the surface of buildings which are old and need maintenance," ICHTO said.

Meanwhile, advocates of cultural heritage called on candidates of presidential elections to acknowledge the magnitude of damage of sticking posters on historical monuments and buildings and oblige them to refrain from such actions.



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