Sunday, January 4, 2009

Shirin Ebadi

So, who is this woman feared by the Iranian government?

From the International Herald Tribune:
"Ebadi, a lawyer and her country's leading human rights activist, is the first Muslim woman to have been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

When she was awarded the peace prize in 2003, the Nobel committee called Ebadi "a courageous person" for standing up against Iran's bullying government. In the years since, she has endured repeated death threats from radical groups and regular government intimidation.

With presidential elections scheduled for June, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies apparently decided they could not risk letting Ebadi continue the work she has done with distinction (and without pay) for the past 15 years - exposing government violations of human rights and defending human rights and democracy activists."

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