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Law for Protecting Historical Textures
06 April 2006
by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
(CAIS) -- Islamic regime in Tehran lacks a law for
safeguarding Iranian historical textures. This is while Iranian experts have
regularly warned the regime about the increasing trend of destruction of ancient
monuments across the country and stressed the need to preserve the same within
the framework of a law.
According to UANIR, the caretaker of the Department for Protection and
Restoration of Historical Textures, Mohammadali Tabarsa, believes the lack of
legal tools for protecting historical textures is one of the most important
challenges facing ancient monuments in the country.
“Despite historical textures being an integral part of the cities’ cultural
identity, a law for preventing damage to monuments is yet to be framed,“ he
The official noted that the only measure Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization can take to protect ancient monuments is by registering them on the
national heritage list.
Referring to the fact that the regime has paid attention as the result of
pressure from Iranians for the protection and restoration of historical textures
for the first time in the Third Development Plan (2000-2005), he complained that
it failed to outline ways of dealing with those who damage these monuments.
Tabarsa also said that the organization will consider independent laws for
preserving ancient monuments in its new articles of association, which are
currently under compilation.
More than 15 hectares of known historical textures scattered in Tehran, Shiraz
and Isfahan are on the verge of destruction, as the result of Islamic regime'
negligence towards Iranian heritage.