Nobel Peace laureate Dr Shirin Ebadi in London

The 2003 Nobel Peace laureate Dr Shirin Ebadi will be in London in June to launch her book 'Refugee Rights in Iran'. The publication of the English edition has been supported by the Norwegian Government.

The Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi was born in 1947and received a law degree from the University of Tehran. In the years 1975-79 she served as president of the city court of Tehran, one the first female judges in Iran. After the revolution in 1979 she was forced to resign. Both in her research and as an activist, she is known for promoting peaceful, democratic solutions to serious problems in society.

Ebadi was the first Muslim woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 2003. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for her courageous work for democracy and human rights, especially for the rights of women and children. The selection committee praised her as a ‘courageous person’ who ‘has never heeded the threat to her own safety’. She has written a number of academic books and articles focused on human rights.

Dr Ebadi's latest publication, 'Refugee Rights in Iran', published by Saqi Books, serves as an essential reference for policy-makers promoting refugee rights in Islamic states. Dr Ebadi argues that there is nothing inherent in the legal structure of Islamic states that prevents them from upholding basic human rights for refugees, and she reveals how these rights are protected in Iran, a country where the Islamic legal system is predominant.

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Shirin Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 2003.

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