and letters of UNESCO on the alteration of the
height of the disputable building of Jahan Nama
have been translated and will be submitted to the
Isfahan Court along with the English originals
today, in the first court session.
Today is the first day of the court meeting to
settle the dispute between the Iranian Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and the
municipality of Isfahan considering the building
under construction near the historical square of
Naghsh-e Jahan which is endangering the aerial
vicinity of the square and its position on
UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
ICHTO representatives will be handing the judge
the UNESCO documents demanding Iran to lessen the
height of the building to help save the Naghsh-e
Jahan Square from being added to the List of World
Heritage in Danger.
Meanwhile, the municipality of Isfahan, city
council, and some of the officials of the judicial
system of Isfahan have assessed the documents
provided by the ICHTO insufficient; the mayor of
Isfahan has recently moved even one step further
and denied completely any legal complaint by the
ICHTO against the constructors of Jahan Nama to
the Isfahan Court.
Legal Expert with ICHTO, Omid Ghanami, sees the
talks as a sign of the matter being of no
importance for these parties.
“All UNESCO documents on the case of altering
the height of Jahan Nama building have been
translated into Farsi and will be handed to the
court along with the English originals,”
explained Ghanami, adding that all the letters are
dated 2005 and include the latest views of UNESCO
on the matter.
The ICHTO submitted a prosecution against the
constructors of the building to the Isfahan Court
on February 2005. Moreover, the Human Rights
Defense Centre, headed by the peace noble prize
winner Shirin Ebadi, presented another complaint
against the constructors to an Isfahan Court last
year. The case is now being studied by the court.
Many governmental and nongovernmental bodies have
so far expressed their opposition with the
completion of the building which is endangering
the situation of one of the world famous heritage