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Daily Journal of Mahaan, an Iranian-American student residing in USA.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Shirin Ebadi on the US policy towards Iran

Mrs. Shirin Ebadi (The winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 2003) has smartly answered Bush's fake middle east freedom propogation campaign:

"Respect for human rights in any country must spring forth through the will of the people and as part of a genuine democratic process. Such respect can never be imposed by foreign military might and coercion - an approach that abounds in contradictions. Not only would a foreign invasion of Iran vitiate popular support for human rights activism, but by destroying civilian lives, institutions and infrastructure, war would also usher in chaos and instability. Respect for human rights is likely to be among the first casualties.

Instead, the most effective way to promote human rights in Iran is to provide moral support and international recognition to independent human rights defenders and to insist that Iran adhere to the international human rights laws and conventions that it has signed. Getting the Iranian government to abide by these international standards is the human rights movement's highest goal; foreign military intervention in Iran is the surest way to harm us and keep that goal out of reach."

Read the full NY Times article (an alternative address).

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