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No Law for Protecting Historical Textures


06 April 2006



Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav


LONDON, (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 said.

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.

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