January 3, 2009 |
Scores of young men gathered around the Tehran home-office of Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, shouted slogans against her and vandalized her home in the latest episode by hard-line political groups close to the government to intimidate the human rights lawyer.
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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.
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.
May 20, 2006 |
Anyone who doubts ideas still have power should have seen Iranian human rights attorney Shirin Ebadi struggle to give a speech at UCLA this week. Barely 5 feet tall, the soft-spoken Ebadi was overshadowed by the lectern in the dark, cavernous Ackerman Ballroom when she stepped up to a resounding standing ovation from the 1,100-strong crowd, which seemed mostly Iranian American.
January 14, 2005 |
Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, said she had been ordered to appear before Iran's Revolutionary Court or face arrest. Ebadi, a human rights lawyer who has riled religious hard-liners by defending political dissidents, said she was not informed of any charge against her. Ebadi, 57, the first Muslim woman and first Iranian to win the peace prize, said she had not decided when she would appear.
May 14, 2004 |
Nobel Prize-winning Iranian human rights attorney Shirin Ebadi has an unusual reply to those who invoke Islam to support authoritarian societies and the stifling of liberty for women. Islam, Ebadi says, is being wrongly used by male-dominated Muslim states and movements to justify discriminating against women when, in fact, the practice "has its roots in patriarchal and male-dominated culture prevailing in these societies, not in Islam."