Iran: Ebadi

In April 2008, there were reports that human rights lawyer, Shirin Ebadi, was being subjected to numerous death threats in order to curtail her human rights activities. Shirin Ebadi is a renowned human rights lawyer who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her work promoting women's and children's rights in Iran. Additionally, Ms. Ebadi has advocated on behalf of dissidents of the Iranian regime, and religious minorities such as the Bahais, as well as represented the family of murdered Canadian-Iranian photojournalist, Zahra Kazemi.

 

Ms. Ebadi submitted a complaint to the police but due to inactivity on their part was forced to publicly release details of the matter. These threats are the latest in an on-going campaign to silence Ms. Ebadi.

 

Along with releasing copies of the letter to the media, Ms. Ebadi sent a letter to Iran's police chief highlighting her concerns. The media attention has led to the involvement of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who, according to the (state) IRNA news agency, has instructed the police chief to "investigate this matter, discover the originator of these letters and refer those behind it to the judiciary". Although the involvement of the Iranian President has been welcomed by the Canadian government, it should be kept in mind that Ms. Ebadi has made complaints about receiving death threats since 2006.

 

In June 2008, the Law Society sent letters of intervention to Iranian authorities.

 

Letter of Intervention