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Ebadi's Work in the Cradle of Human Rights

October 14, 2003

Re "Iranian Jurist Wins Nobel Peace Prize," Oct. 11: Cyrus the Great is credited for writing the first charter of human rights in history. After more than 2,500 years, one of Cyrus' descendants is acknowledged for her tireless fights to preserve these rights, especially for women, in Iran, the land where Cyrus' charter was written.

Kudos to the Nobel Peace Prize committee for its wise selection of lawyer Shirin Ebadi for her years of intellectual struggle against the barbaric regime of the mullahs in Iran. This recognition will give her an international stature that will hopefully shield her from the wrath of the intolerant tyrants of Tehran. The world community's support for Iranian dissidents is the best avenue to foster change in Iran and promote democracy in the land where human rights were first conceived.

Hamid Bahadori

Mission Viejo

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