Sunday, July 24, 2005


It's official. Tehran is now home to more accountability than Washington:
In an unprecedented report, Iran's hard-line judiciary Sunday acknowledged widespread human rights violations in prisons, including use of torture and solitary confinement, state-run media reported Sunday.

The report, which was broadcast by state-run radio Sunday, said prison guards and officials in detention centers have ignored a legal order banning torture. It also said police have made several arrests without sufficient evidence and held suspects in undeclared detention centers.

The report also made the front covers of both state-run and privately-run newspapers. It's pleasantly surprising to see what seems to be a fairly spontaneous move toward letting the truth out.

Of course, the "not following orders" defence is suspicious, but at least it's not accompanied by the "only enemies want to expose our crimes" view of the Bush administration.

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