TEHRAN (Reuters) – Lawmakers in Iran, which is often accused by the West of human rights violations, backed a plan on Sunday to earmark $20 million to help shed light on and “resist” such abuses by the United States and Britain, media reported.

Parliament also voted to oblige the Foreign Ministry to prepare annual reports on the human rights situation in its two Western foes, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The reports will be issued every year on November 4, when the Islamic Republic marks the anniversary of the 1979 storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran by radical students who took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

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