Shirin Ebadi under threat

Dr. Shirin Ebadi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is under threat in her own country of Iran. She works for human rights and works closely with the United Nations. Consequently, the Iranian government has begun persecuting her, closing down the Defenders of Human Rights Center that she helped found, and sending tax inspectors to remove documents and computers from her private law office. Yesterday, a violent mob gathered outside her home, yelling threats.

This awful and frightening news is not being widely reported on in mainstream U.S. media. I learned about it from several news release from Human Rights Watch: Iran: Reverse Closure of Nobel Laureate’s Rights Group, Iran: End Persecution of Nobel Laureate, and Iran: Threats to Nobel Laureate Escalate.

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