Friday, August 15, 2008

Shirin Ebadi's Life May Be in Danger

According to several news sources, Shirin Ebadi's life may be in danger. Recently Dr. Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate and human rights defender, announced that she would take on the case of the Baha'i leadership arrested in May on security charges and sent to Evin Prison. In retaliation, over the last few weeks the Iranian state media has conducted a smear campaign claiming that Dr. Ebadi's daughter, who attends McGill University in Canada, has converted from Islam to Baha'i. Some sources also claim that state-run media are also accusing Dr. Ebadi of converting as well. Dr. Ebadi has vehemently denied the conversions, which would be considered apostacy or abandoning Islam and worthy of death under Sharia law. The smear campaign is largely seen as fear-mongering to force Dr. Ebadi to abandon her tireless work for human rights within Islam inside Iran and around the world.

Click here to read a statement from the Nobel Women's Initiative supporting Dr. Ebadi.

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