SHIRIN EBADI

    

     Shirin Ebadi was born in Hamadan, Iran in 1947. She is a human rights activist, Author, Lawyer and Founder of Childrens Rights Support Association in Iran.

     In 2003 Shirin was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous efforts for democracy and human rights, especially for the rights of women and children. She speaks to large gatherings of her beliefs, that change in Iran must come peacefully and from within. She is against a policy of forced regime change.

     In 2004 Shirin filed a law suit against the U.S department of treasury because of restrictions she faced over publishing her memoir in the United States. American trade laws include prohibitions on writers from embargoed countries. The law also banned American literary agent Wendy Strothman from working with her. Azar Nafisi wrote a letter to support Ebadi, Nafisi said that the law infringes on the First Amendment. After a long battle Shirin eventually won the case and went on to publish her memoirs in the United States.

     Shirin is included in my blog because she fights for what she believes in. Earlier this year she released a statement saying “threats against my life and security and those of my family which began some time ago, have intensified.” She said that the threats warn her against making speeches abroad and defending Irans minority.

     Shirin Ebadi is 61years old, although I’m not sure where she currently resides, I am confident that wherever she is she’s still fighting for what she believes in.

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