Iran exempts armed forces, intelligence ministry and nuclear organization from transparency

Iran’s parliament has exempted the armed forces, intelligence ministry and nuclear organization from a plan to increase transparency in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

According to IRNA on Sunday, the National Security Council as well as provincial and municipal security councils are also excluded from the plan which should require parliamentarians and state officials to make their votes and decisions accessible to the public. Details of the negotiations in various parliamentary committees will also be made available to the public.

The parliament also makes the publication of the final decisions of the general and revolutionary courts conditional on “compliance with security standards”.

Also, the Council of Guardians and the Assembly of Experts are not included in the plan in the first place.

However, according to the draft law, all private institutions in charge of public services, including the Central Bar Association of Iran, the Medical Council of the Islamic Republic and the Association of Judicial Experts, as well as the non-governmental organizations and charities will be included in the transparency. plan and will be liable to a fine for non-compliance.

The measure also obliges entities as well as municipalities of cities with more than one million inhabitants to register and regularly update data on their financial statements, budgetary performance, investments in projects and the number of employees.

According to the annual country rankings released by Transparency International earlier this year, Iran ranks 150th out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2021.

Aubrey L. Morgan