Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi is reviled in her native Iran for criticizing the country’s discriminatory laws, and is the victim of relentless assaults against her and her family. “I wanted to run out on the balcony and scream,” Ebadi writes. “How much could they take away from one person?”
Abdolfattah Soltani, a well-known Iranian lawyer who co-founded an organization that defends the rights of women, minorities and political prisoners, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his work and for what Iran’s hard-line judiciary called spreading anti-government propaganda and endangering national security.
Whether it was done out of jealousy of Barack Obama or not, Iran has stepped into the realm of the ridiculous in the wake of a report that the Nobel Peace Prize medal has been confiscated from the Iranian human rights attorney who won it in 2003.