Park Rangers Bill Closer to Approval

Park Rangers Bill Closer to ApprovalPark Rangers Bill Closer to Approval

The bill on legal support for park rangers drafted by the Department of Environment in July 2016 was approved by the Majlis Judicial and Legal Commission in a Sunday session. According to the bill, rangers and their families will benefit from the perks envisaged for the martyrs and war veterans if they get injured or killed while on duty, Hassan Norouzi, spokesman for the commission said. "Furthermore, they will not be imprisoned, punished or forced to pay restitution if they injure or accidentally shoot offenders during their patrols," IRNA quoted him as saying. The bill also states that liability for medical insurance should apply to park rangers and their families. Following the murder of three park rangers in June 2016, environment officials began to consider measures to provide better legal protection for park rangers. The bill, which was gathering dust in parliament until lately, received an initial nod by the Majlis Health Commission on April 22. With another commission's green light, the bill appears to be on its way toward passage.


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