Shirin Ebadi at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California

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[On Tuesday, 14 October 2008, Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, Iran’s Nobel Peace Laureate and renowned lawyer for human and civil rights, spoke at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.  One of the kind Baha’i readers of this site has provided a short report which appears below (in edited form).  Ahang Rabbani]

I just wanted to share a short report on Nobel Peace prize winner Mrs. Shirin Ebadi’s speech on Tuesday evening, October 14.  The event was not well publicized and only about 150 people had the opportunity to attend.  The audience was mostly students and perhaps around 20 Iranians, of whom 5 were members of the Baha’i Faith.  Mrs. Ebadi spoke in Persian and her remarks were translated into English.

After a prepared speech of about 50 minutes, she opened the floor to questions for the audience.  I asked a question in which I commented on her courageous decision to defend the seven Baha’i leaders in Iran who have been imprisoned since March/May, and asked if she had any updates or had been able to meet with them.

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