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.
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."
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.
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.
January 16, 2005 |
Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has told Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Court on Saturday that she will not obey a summons to appear, even if it means her arrest. The decision by Ebadi, the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, marks an open challenge to a powerful body that has convicted many political activists, intellectuals and writers on vague charges of endangering national security and discrediting the ruling Islamic establishment.