Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (file photo) (AFP)
August 12, 2006 -- Canada has joined condemnations of the ban by Iranian authorities of the human rights advocacy group led by Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.
Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement that the ban marked a violation of the rights of the Center of Human Rights Defenders, and called for the ban to be reversed.
Iran's Interior Ministry on August 2 said the group had no valid registration permit and that it would therefore be considered illegal.
Women In Iran
Women in Tehran (epa file photo)
CALLING FOR MORE RIGHTS: Although women played key roles in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, the place of women in post-revolutionary society has been a vexing question. Iranian women have struggled to bring attention to their calls for greater rights in their country's rigid theocratic system, calls that have often clashed with the values proclaimed by conservatives in society. (more)