Iran may allocate $20m. to investigate alleged US human rights abuses

The Iranian parliament plans to debate a bill to allocate $20 million to investigate alleged US human rights abuses against prison detainees, according to Iranian state radio. The decision is seen as a reaction to US criticism of Iran's violent crackdown against protesters following the disputed June presidential election. Sunday's radio report said if the measure was approved, a committee made up of representatives from several ministries would investigate alleged "human rights violations and torture in US prisons as well as its secret prisons in Europe" where Washington held suspected terrorists. The proposed bill comes at a time when Iran's leaders are fending off allegations that detained protesters were abused and tortured to death.