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Iranian Nobel Laureate Receives New Death Threat

Shirin Ebadi (file photo) (AFP) August 30, 2006 -- The Iranian Nobel peace prize winner and rights campaigner Shirin Ebadi says she has received a new death threat.

Ebadi today told Iran's ILNA news agency that the threat came in the form of an anonymous letter saying she will soon be "punished for her actions."

Ebadi, who is the cofounder of the Tehran-based Center of Human Rights Defenders, has complained of death threats in the past.


Women In Iran

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)


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