Iranian Judicial Authority moves to ban 'torture' and 'forced confessions'

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The Iranian Judiciary on Thursday issued a sweeping ban on torture and extracting "forced confessions" with aim of "changing" the judicial system of the Islamic Republic .

Entitled "document on judicial security," the new guidelines consist of 37 separate articles signed by Ayatollah Ebrahim Raïssi, head of the Judicial Authority, and includes a prohibition on "solitary confinement" and "unlawful police detainment."

It also stresses "transparency" within the judicial process; the right to "freely choose a lawyer"; the principle of the "presumption of innocence"; and "consular access" for foreign nationals.

Iran is regularly accused by the UN, human rights organizations, and Iranian lawyers of flouting international law regarding universal civil liberties that Tehran now says it wants to respect.

The development comes a week video clips posted to social media show Iranian police officers parading a number of bloodied suspects through the streets of Tehran before forcing them to make a public apology for "mistakes" they committed against the Iranian people.

The publication of the videos online quickly sparked a heated controversy in Iran, especially in the press.

According to Mizan Online, the Judicial Authority's official press agency, Raïssi immediately denounced the incident as a gross violation of individual civil rights, and ordered measures be taken against those responsible for the parade, deeming it "strictly forbidden to attack the accused, even if they are thugs.