Saturday, May 01, 2010

Last Friday CBC Radio/current host Gillian Findlay spoke with Shirin Ebadi , you can listen here /under April 30 -part three

Pt 3: Shirin Ebadi - We speak with Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel-Peace-Prize winning human rights advocate, about staring down Iran's leadership and adjusting to life in exile. (Read More)

Shirin Ebadi
For several months now, pretty much all the talk about Iran has revolved around that country's alleged nuclear ambitions. It's easy to understand why. But for Shirin Ebadi, it's also a bit frustrating. She is an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist. She won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting democracy and human rights in Iran.
The Iranian Government responded by confiscating her Nobel Prize medal, banning her autobiography, freezing her bank accounts and issuing not-so-veiled threats. As her country prepared to go to the polls this summer, Doctor Ebadi concluded it was no longer safe for her to stay. So she went into exile in the United Kingdom.
But Shirin Ebadi's work has continued and last week, there was a victory. Iran, which had been lobbying for a seat on the United Nations' Human Rights Council, withdrew its bid. This week, Shirin Ebadi was in Canada on a speaking tour and she came into our Ottawa studio. We aired our conversation with translation.

Link to hear -April 30 /part three

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