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Shirin Ebadi's Human Rights Centre shut by police


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Nobel prize winning Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi has had her plan to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights upended by the Tehran authorities.

Iranian authorities on Sunday closed the office of the country's main human rights organization, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.

Dozens of plain-clothes detectives along with local police officers entered the office of the Center for Defenders of Human Rights in Tehran and shut it down hours before a ceremony was to take place commemorating the 60th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights.

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Since its founding, the organization has taken on 5,000 pro bono cases defending politically active women, journalists and students, Nargess Mohammadi, a spokesperson for the center said.

On Sunday, guests were still arriving for the ceremony when Ebadi and her colleagues were escorted out of the building by police officers. They had refused to leave their offices for more than an hour.

"This was supposed to be one of the few happy events for activists in Iran," said Asieh Amini, a journalist who focuses on human rights issues and who was planning to attend the celebration as one of approximately 300 invited guests. Amini said guests who did attend were filmed by plain-clothes officers.



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Yes and No.

We didn't hit the international media on this topic this month, just on pork, beef and bankers.
 

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Andrew49's thread on this has been closed, maybe because of duplication.

The pressure on Ebadi seems to be intensifying, and the Nobel Women's Initiative - an assembly of women Nobel prizewinners from several countries, which was launched in Galway in 2007 - reports that her daughter has recently been the focus of death threats.

Ebadi fulfils a vital role and deserves all the support she can get.

Nobel Women's Initiative - Defend Shirin Ebadi
 

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Well we've already seen a Blogsite closed down here in Ireland this week in order to silence oposition to Immigration,

so I think we will all have to be more vigilent against political censorship whether it be at home or abroad from now on....
 

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Well we've already seen a Blogsite closed down here in Ireland this week in order to silence oposition to Immigration,

so I think we will all have to be more vigilent against political censorship whether it be at home or abroad from now on....
Have we? Link?
 

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Shirin Ebadi was at the European Parliament last week.

Human rights campaigners in Iran have one clear demand of that country's government: that it should comply with the many international undertakings it has voluntarily signed up to, MEPs were told on Wednesday by Iranian human rights activist and former Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.
"Our aim is not to overthrow the government", said Mrs Ebadi, speaking of her Centre for the Defence of Human Rights, which was closed down by police in December. Moreover, "We oppose any military attack on Iran and we also oppose economic sanctions". Compliance with Iran's international commitments would be enough as it would mean an end to human rights violations.

Mrs Ebadi, who was addressing a joint meeting of the EP's Delegation for Relations with Iran and the Subcommittee on Human Rights, then listed the many different kinds of human rights problems in her country. Religious discrimination entailed different punishments for crimes depending on whether the accused were Muslims or not. Gender discrimination meant that a woman counted for half a man in the eyes of the law. People accused of political crimes would not have a fair trial and freedom of expression was highly restricted.

Stoning, flogging, crucifixion and child executions

In particular, she said "punishments forbidden under international conventions" were still used in Iran, such as "stoning, cutting off of hands, flogging and crucifixion". Moreover, the execution rate in Iran is very high, with 38 people having been executed since the beginning of January 2009. And the age of criminal responsibility is 9 for a girl and 15 for a boy, with the result that "last year Iran had the highest rate of child executions in the world".


"We only want Iran to fulfil its international commitments", says Shirin Ebadi
 

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Maybe she is 'censored' because she makes up stories about crucifiction .Afterall if today , in the west ,somebody insinuated that Jewish people threw babies down wells (as medievil anti semites did) , they would surely be denied the oxygen of publicity . I mention jews merely because the made up crucifiction story originated in the Jerusalem post afaik and I find that a bit ironic given the libels about Jews throughout history.
 

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A sad day and increasingly worrying development for womens rights.
 
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A sad day and increasingly worrying development for womens rights.
I am sure you're devastated, since I know how precious human rights are to you; as long as the humans in question are on the 'right' side.

Since my mind is too simplistic, I find it hard to understand how someone can be both in favour of human rights and in favour of wars of aggression.

Also, your stance on torture is somewhat at odds with your stance on human rights, though I suppose you're choosing only to apply these standards to Iran.
 

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I am sure you're devastated, since I know how precious human rights are to you; as long as the humans in question are on the 'right' side.

Since my mind is too simplistic, I find it hard to understand how someone can be both in favour of human rights and in favour of wars of aggression.

Also, your stance on torture is somewhat at odds with your stance on human rights, though I suppose you're choosing only to apply these standards to Iran.
Unlike airy-fairy lefties like you who'll agree transgressions by anyone who isn't white or male (as it is their "culture") Thacoman is consistent. Human rights are the same for everyone but many including nearly all Muslim majority countries don't accept this. That this gets less highlighting than Israel and Guantanamo tells its own story.Thanks to "wars of aggression" people in places like Iraq now have elections and can vote freely as opposed to getting thrown off 5 story buildings, getting gassed and having their families disappear. Progress in my book and in any other normal person's. Except of course the pc multi-cultural left who are so twisted with hate for the the evil "west" and particularly the US that they'll support anyone else even if these people would enslave and take away their rights. Rights let it be said that are guaranteed in the evil West but not in poor Iran the victim of Western bullying (note to lefties this is sarcasm). While goons like Galloway and Al Qaradawi get applauded by useful idiots in the West Shirin Ebadi doesn't register. No doubt people like you think she's a western stooge.
 
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Thanks to "wars of aggression" people in places like Iraq now have elections and can vote freely as opposed to getting thrown off 5 story buildings, getting gassed and having their families disappear. Progress in my book and in any other normal person's.
Ah, I think I see where you're coming from now.

You're one of those for whom "human rights" boil down to the right to vote. I doubt you have any understanding of the broader meaning of the term "human rights".

Here are a few more rights, which I would argue are more important than the right to vote, and which the majority of people living under US occupation are denied.

Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 22.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Article 30.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I am all in favour of human rights... in fact I have taken part in training courses on human rights in 3 different countries.
 

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Here are a few more rights, which I would argue are more important than the right to vote, and which the majority of people living under US occupation are denied.

Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 8.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 22.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Article 30.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I am all in favour of human rights... in fact I have taken part in training courses on human rights in 3 different countries.
Bully for you. Now tell me genius what countries on this planet do most to vindicate the above enunciated rights for their citizens? What countries do most to curtail the above enunciated rights of their citizens? What cultural norms stand out as being more conducive to promoting of rights and which are least conducive? If tin pot thug dictators wish to take away the rights of their people what can be done if they ignore sanctions and ignore UN resolutions?
 
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Bully for you. Now tell me genius what countries on this planet do most to vindicate the above enunciated rights for their citizens? What countries do most to curtail the above enunciated rights of their citizens? What cultural norms stand out as being more conducive to promoting of rights and which are least conducive? If tin pot thug dictators wish to take away the rights of their people what can be done if they ignore sanctions and ignore UN resolutions?
I dunno, Afghanistan? Iraq? Israel? Saudi Arabia? US Occupied Cuba (AKA Guantanamo Bay)?

I could go on, oh and those "tin pot dictators", how many of them were put in power or suported by the US and other Western countries.

Get a grip on reality.
 

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The only men left in Iran are the women :)

Another in a long list of excellent documentaries in the Fíor Scéal series.
 
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