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The Struggle for Human Rights in Iran: Conversation with Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; May 10, 2006, by Harry Kreisler

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This interview is also available in Farsi (pdf).

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our distinguished guest today is Shirin Ebadi who is the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner. book coverShe is an Iranian human rights lawyer who teaches at Tehran University and she has just written Iran Awakening with Azadeh Moaveni. Joining us in the studio is Banafsheh Keynoush, who will interpret.

  1. Background ... educated parents ... overthrow of Mossadeq ... becoming a judge, and losing the position
  2. Seeking Justice under Fundamentalism ... serving the cause of justice ... political prisoners ... re-affirming marital rights ... studying Islamic texts to challenge fundamentalist interpretations ... fighting the abuse of power
  3. Juggling Career and Family ... 24 hours is a lot of time ... weakest members of society ... combatting dogma in children's education ... courage and faith ... targeted for assassination ... more on courage
  4. Education and Democracy ... promoting understanding and awareness ... student movements ... first steps toward democracy ... separation of church and state ... framework and limitations on democracy ... democracy cannot be imposed ... seeking a dialogue between Iran and the US

Note: This interview was was conducted in English and Farsi; this text transcription is in English only.


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