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By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

When there is enough oxygen in the air for everyone, no one is going to take to violence in order to access it. But if there were not enough of it for everyone then people would result to violence in order to get it. Therefore we have to improve the conditions to have better human beings.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The younger generation is essentially idealistic. This applies to the Iranian youth as well. In addition, the youth in Iran face certain difficulties... the Iranian youth need more freedom. They are struggling for more freedom and democracy. This commands great respect.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

It is totally unacceptable for a government to interfere in the internal affairs of another government and send aid, money, and weapons, to the people who are against a certain regime in another country.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The people are fed up with corruption and embezzlement. They object to censorship. The first thing that the people of Iran want is free elections.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The international community can't trust such a government. If the government of Iran wants the international community to believe in what it says, it should try to bring true, pure democracy into the country. The political solution to the energy issue or the nuclear case is democracy in Iran.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Contrary to what certain governments say, human rights are universal. Arbitrary detention, torture and discrimination hurt the human dignity of anybody, whatever his or her country of origin, religion, descent, or any other ground.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

I have never been convinced throughout my life that one needs to be imitating others. I even tell my daughters not to look at me as a model.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The life of a woman is worth half of that of a man [in Iran]. If a terrorist attacks me and my brother on the street and we are both injured the same, the compensation he receives is twice as much as the compensation that I would receive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

In my memoir, I wanted to introduce American women to Iranian women and our lives. I'm not from the highest echelons of society, nor the lowest. I'm a woman who is a lawyer, who is a professor at a university, who won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the same time, I cook. And even when I'm about to go to prison, one of the first things I do is to make enough food and put it in the fridge for my family.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The fight against terrorism is a legitimate fight. And certainly whoever commits terrorism should be brought to justice. Unfortunately, the United States and a few other governments have used the war on terrorism as a way of violating human rights.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Usually, in any revolution people are focused on who wants to have the most power. But the most important thing is the laws that are written during that time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

No American soldier should be allowed to set foot on Iranian soil, regardless of the criticism we have of the Iranian government.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Americans shouldn't start a military attack, and they shouldn't bombard Iran, and they shouldn't interfere with the internal affairs of the country. And the Americans should pay more attention to the human right issues in Iran.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Human rights is the fruit of various civilizations.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Lawyers have a dangerous job in Iran.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Europe clearly is the only place where people can speak up critically, and this is a unique cultural value.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Terrorism is based on two major pillars: One is injustice, and the other is a certainty of attitude, the notion that their version of the story is the correct one.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Whenever women protest and ask for their rights, they are silenced with the argument that the laws are justified under Islam. It is an unfounded argument. It is not Islam at fault, but rather the patriarchal culture that uses its own interpretations to justify whatever it wants.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

I have never been convinced throughout my life that one needs to be imitating others. I even tell my daughters not to look at me as a model. Everyone's condition is different, and the way that each person lives his or her life is different. What is important is that one utilizes one's intellect and not to be 100 percent sure about one's convictions. One should always leave room for doubt.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The condition of women in Islamic societies as a whole is far from desirable. However, we should acknowledge that there are differences. In certain countries, the conditions are much better and in others much worse. For example, the conditions women face even in Egypt differ a whole lot from what their Iranian counterparts deal with. The condition of women in Pakistan is far different from that in Saudi Arabia. This shows that you can have different interpretations of Islam.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

If you study the behavior or the attitude of Syria, Iran, and U.S., you understand that these three countries can't come to terms with each other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Some criticize me, thinking I'm too tolerant of the clerical regime in Iran. In response, I have to say, I have served time in prison, I have lost my position [as a judge]. Do I need to prove that I am brave? Do I need to be killed?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

When a person is humiliated, when his rights are being violated, and he does not have the proper education, naturally he gravitates toward terrorism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

It's perfectly OK that there are certain people who do not accept Islam at all. Therefore, to announce that I am a Muslim can rub some people the wrong way. But my aim is to show that those governments that violate the rights of people by invoking the name of Islam have been misusing Islam. They violate these rights and then seek refuge behind the argument that Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy. But this is basically to save face. In fact, I'm promoting democracy. And I'm saying that Islam is not an excuse for thwarting democracy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Iran is a rich country, and if the people of this country are poor, it's because of the wrong policies of the government.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government, the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp. The funny thing is that human rights activists and Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Unfortunately, violence begets violence. And this is how the war on terrorism seems to be going at this juncture. A lot of people are losing their lives. Many children are losing their parents. Too many houses are being destroyed. And, unfortunately, the arms industry seems to flourish.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

When more and more people want something, it becomes easier to achieve that goal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Akbar Ganji was in prison for six years, and that was it...for six years, and it was finished. Of course the Iranian government could make up some stories and accuse him of some other things, but the international support didn't let the government do that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Certainly, the fight against terrorism is a legitimate fight. And certainly whoever commits terrorism should be brought to justice.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The diplomatic relations start when the two sides get a bit closer to each other, but U.S and Iran, they are drifting apart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Whenever Muslim women protest and ask for their rights, they are silenced with the argument that the laws are justified under Islam. It is an unfounded argument. It is not Islam at fault, but rather the patriarchal culture that uses its own interpretations to justify whatever it wants. It utilizes psychology to say that women are emotional. It utilizes medical science to say that men's brains are formed in such a way that they are better able to understand concepts. These are all hypotheses. None of this has been proven.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

I have never agreed with President Bush's argument regarding the axis of evil. Unfortunately, fundamentalists in Iran have used this as an excuse to brand us as allies of Mr. Bush.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

There is no "true Islam," just different interpretations. Since I brought up patriarchy, let me make one thing clear. I am not singling out men; I am addressing the issue of inequality of genders. A patriarchy does not only not accept the equality of the sexes, it also has a hard time understanding the principles of democracy and its essence. Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture, but they are also its carriers. Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised in the confines of his mother's home. This is the culture we need to resist and fight.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

There is no "true Islam," just different interpretations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Islam is not an excuse for thwarting democracy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

No government can make me wear a veil, no government can force me not to wear it either

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The history and our experience shows that Democrats and Republicans think the same way in some cases, and their ideas aren't very different when it comes to international relations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Because of our youthful population, we suffer from unemployment in Iran. We need more universities and more job opportunities for the young.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The most important problem in Iran is that the courts have lost their independence, and they are under the influence of the Ministry of Intelligence and their people. This is why we witness a number of journalists and human rights activists, my colleagues, and a number of feminists, in prison.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

My hopes for Iran's future lies with women first and foremost. Iran's feminist movement is very strong. This movement has no leader or head quarters. Its place is the home of every Iranian who believes in equal rights. This is currently the strongest women's movement in the Middle East.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Everyone's condition is different, and the way that each person lives his or her life is different.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The people of Iran have been battling against consecutive conflicts between tradition and modernity for over 100 years... some have tried and are trying to see the world through the eyes of their predecessors and to deal with the problems and difficulties of the existing world by virtue of the values of the ancients... many others...seek to go forth in step with world developments and not lag behind the caravan of civilization, development and progress.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Democracy is not an incident that happens overnight, nor a gift that America can give to the world. It is a culture which needs peace to evolve.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

We must acquaint the youth to the realities of the world... we must tell them that millions of people around the world have no access to drinking water.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

While living in exile I have become the loudspeaker for the people of Iran.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Lawyers should not be charged with the same crimes as their clients. Trials related to political charges are not in accordance with human rights.