Thursday, January 08, 2009

Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Please take a moment to help defend the safety and work of Iran's Nobel Laureate human rights lawyer Dr. Shirin Ebadi.

Dr. Ebadi, a defender of women's rights, has had her human rights organization forcibly closed by the Iranian authorities. In the latest of a series of serious incidents, an angry mob surrounded Dr. Ebadi's home and personal office chanting death threats against her and vandalizing her building. Last week, authorities raided Dr. Ebadi's personal office and seized her writings, confidential legal files, and two computers amid claims of so-called tax evasion.

In August 2006, we and human rights organizations throughout the world asked you and other people of conscience to write the Iranian government, which at that time was threatening to arrest Ebadi and close the center. The Iranian authorities responded and the center remained open. We are asking you to help again.

Please join feminists and human rights activists worldwide to support Shirin Ebadi and her important work as a leading human and women's rights defender!

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Ebadi in 2006 when the Feminist Majority Foundation presented her with the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women's Rights Award. Her bravery, leadership, and determination is unforgettable. Time and time again she has risked her life for women and children. We cannot let her down.

Dr. Ebadi's human rights advocacy is so important it should not and must not be silenced. Write to urge Iran's swift reversal of these actions against Shirin Ebadi and permit the reopening of her human rights organization.

For Equality,



Eleanor Smeal
President

P.S. Act Now to support Dr. Ebadi! She must not be silenced and time may be running out.

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