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By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

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 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 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

Unfortunately, the United States and a few other governments have used the war on terrorism as a way of violating human rights. I am referring to the case of the Guantánamo Bay prisoners. This violation of the rights of prisoners has been so unbelievable that the United Nations has reminded the United States repeatedly that the treatment of prisoners should take place according to the preestablished conventions of the United Nations.

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

When you vote, vote for those who are not warmongers, and vote for those who respect human rights. When you see a president who doesn't respect human rights, don't vote for that person.

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

Islam is not an excuse for thwarting democracy.

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 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 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

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Israel is a country and should exist. And a country by the name of Palestine should be made. Two different governments of Palestine and Israel can live beside each other happily and both of them should recognize each other.

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

Human rights is the fruit of various civilizations.

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

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 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

I want to take my American friends back to the end of World War II, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was formulated. A group of thinkers met to come up with ways and means to prevent yet another war. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt played a crucial role in assembling this group of people. And that is why the name of the United States is synonymous with the cause of human rights around the world.

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 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

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 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

We demand a non-violent world where human security is the basis of our common global security. People have the right to live in a world where the basic needs of all peoples are addressed. No more military attacks. No more war.

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

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

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

I know of no civilization that tolerates or justifies violence, terrorism, or injustice. There is no civilization that justifies the killing of innocent people. Those who are invoking cultural relativism are really using that as an excuse for violating human rights and to put a cultural mask on the face of what they're doing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

I am the voice of the people in Iran whose voices are silent and whose demands cannot be heard by the rest of the world.

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

We shouldn't just consider the desire of government to do what it wants to do. We should always consider the resistance of people. The culture of Iranian people doesn't let the government drag people into deep trouble or backlash. Maybe government wants it, but the culture doesn't let it go on.

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 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

I hope the example of Saddam Hussein will give a lesson to leaders of other countries where human rights are not respected.

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 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

Those who don't understand any language other than the language of force and violence don't respect human dignity. They seek violence because they will be irrelevant without it. We should not go their way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

democracy ... is not something that occurs overnight. It is not a gift delivered on a golden tray. Democracy is a long process of fighting, challenging accepted ideas, and perpetually striving for freedom. Like a seed that has to be watered every day to become a flower, democracy needs constant attention and care.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

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.

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 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

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 the fear.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Lawyers have a dangerous job in Iran.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

The condition of women in Islamic societies as a whole is also far from desirable. However, we should acknowledge that there are differences. In certain countries, the conditions are much better and in others much worse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

I maintain that nothing useful and lasting can emerge from violence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Every time I am fearful I think to myself, the reason they do this is to discourage me from doing what I do. Hence, if I discontinue my work I will have succumbed to my fears.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

There is a verse [in the Koran] that says God swears by time. Anything you gain in life, you pay for with your time. Time is the most important thing that has been given to man.

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 14 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

Sixty-three percent of our university students are female. But you still see violations of women's rights in Iran. A Muslim man can have up to four wives. He can divorce his wife without offering any reason, while it is quite difficult for a woman to get a divorce.

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 13 Sep

Shirin Ebadi

I have said many times that I wish there was no oil in the Middle East, and more water. People would have been much happier than they are right now.

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.