October 15, 2003 |
About 3,000 Iranians welcomed home Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport. The crowd clapped, linked arms and sang popular anthems dating from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. "This award means that the Iranian nation's desires for human rights and democracy and peace have been heard by the world," Ebadi told the crowd, brushing tears from her face.
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.
October 12, 2003 |
Iran's first Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, has exposed the battle lines between the nation's conservatives and reformists, who exchanged fire in Saturday's newspapers. Iran's conservatives accused the Nobel committee of pandering to the West's political agenda by awarding its Peace Prize to Ebadi, while reformists hailed her as a catalyst for change. Ebadi, 56, is a thorn in the side of hard-liners and a vocal campaigner on behalf of women's rights.
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September 14, 2008 |
Iran's leading feminist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate said Saturday that a military confrontation between the United States and Iran over nuclear issues would strike a disastrous blow to her nation's struggling human rights movement by strengthening the hard-line Islamic regime. Shirin Ebadi, in interviews between sessions at a Los Angeles youth peace conference, called on the Iranian government to abandon uranium enrichment, which has fueled fears that the country is developing a nuclear bomb.
June 10, 2010 |
Do not forget Iran. Remember Neda. If there are green-clad protests in Tehran this weekend — to mark the first anniversary of the election that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole — they will doubtless again be crushed with casual brutality by the thugs of the Basij militia, the secret police and the Revolutionary Guard. Faced with violent repression, the green movement is a long way down — but not out. Iran will never again be the country it was before the election of June 12, 2009.
November 27, 2007 |
Tehran The night before lawyer Mohammed Dadkhah was to appear in court for his first human rights case, two masked men on motorcycles pulled up alongside him as he walked home. They hurled him into one of Tehran's ubiquitous street-side drainage canals. They grabbed at the briefcase filled with papers for the next day's defense. Dadkhah refused to let go. They punched and kicked him. They ripped off a piece of the briefcase and roared away into the night. Panting in fear, his face scraped raw, his clothes soaking wet, Dadkhah pulled himself out of the gutter and brushed himself off. When he got home, he caught his breath and considered his options.