The Nobel Prize Committee has issued a formal complaint against the Iranian government after the Nobel medal and diploma of human rights activist and lawyer Shirin Ebadi was taken by officials from her bank safety deposit box. Ebadi has been routinely harassed by the Iranian government since she was selected for fighting for the rights of activists, children, and women in the repressive regime.
No country has ever confiscated the medal or diploma of a laureate.
In addition to regular raids on their home and office, Ebadi’s husband has seen his bank account frozen and his pension stopped. He was also detained and beaten by authorities this year.
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16 thoughts on “Iranians Confiscate Nobel Medal and Diploma of Shirin Ebadi”
With goofiness like this and harassing the UK yacht sailors, Iran is just taking a page from the North Korean playbook – “act crazy” in small ways to keep international attention and to have a rotating cache of meaningless bargaining chips.
I’ve heard of safety deposit box “thefts” in the U.S. within the last few years, but the banks aren’t acknowledging them, as far as I know.
“the Nobel medal and diploma of human rights activist and lawyer Shirin Ebadi was taken by officials from her bank safety deposit box.”
didnt FDR do something like this when he confiscated peoples gold in the 1930’s?
“… gain some insight into their understanding of cause/effect.”
There is no cause and effect, it’s all about having ‘just cause’. As in ‘Just cause we can’: ‘Just cause we want to’ and like that. Why exactly are we sucking up to Iran these days? Their citizens democratic process was just publicly raped and murdered by their government and our president almost rushes to legitimize their poseur president and by implication their election process.
Variant of “In the land of the blind” quote:
In the land of the insane, the half-wit is hanged.
What in the world runs through someone’s mind that encourages them to think that such an action accomplishes anything?
Would someone who is familiar with Iranian official reasoning please write a defense of their actions so that we may gain some insight into their understanding of cause/effect.
Former Federal LEO:
As you aptly say, “She…will likely never know the admiration she inspires in those of us who still have some freedoms remaining.”
As I’ve mentioned before, though I don’t know what I could possibly have done to have “merited” this level of attention, I have been surveilled and harassed since the spring of 2007, at least. I’ve appealed for help, but “without evidence” there’s apparently none to be had. Too many appeals and LE authorities start to look at one askance.. I’m not looking for a response, but I realize how little freedom I have — and I’m living in the USA.
Carl Oglesby (Students for a Democratic Society) once said, “”It isn’t the rebels who cause the troubles of the world, it’s the troubles that cause the rebels.” Who was it that said, “If we don’t stand up for our rights, we might lose them.”
In my earlier comment, I didn’t mention that the reporter “detained” at the Canadian Border is Amy Goodman. According to the Democracy Now article:
“While traveling to Vancouver, BC, Canada on Weds., Nov. 25th, to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. Amy was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give; their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured. They were detained for well over an hour, and were made an hour late for her speech.
The armed interrogators were particularly interested in whether she would be speaking about the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.”
Ms. Shirin Ebadi demonstrates that women can be just as courageous as men can be—perhaps more so. Unfortunately, she—and those like her throughout the world—will likely never know the admiration she inspires in those of us who still have some freedoms remaining.
U.S. journalist says she was detained at border over Olympic concerns
By Linda Nguyen , Canwest News Service November 26, 2009
…and she was subsequently given a 2-day work visa
Well what would you expect. They were part of the original Bush supporters. Think Jimmy Carter! Ronald Reagen and Geo the First
Change we can believe in.
Well what would you expect. They were part of the original Bush supporters. Think Jimmy Carter! Ronald Reagen and Geo the First.
This of course after he secures the release of more terrorist.
U.S. demands that Israel free an additional 1,000-some terrorists as a “gesture” to Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, Lieberman said that previous releases of Fatah terrorists “have not proven themselves. The Olmert administration did this several times and it did not work, and we do not plan to allow it to happen,” Lieberman said.
We’re living in a world of people gone mad, it would seem. It’s not much better here, but many folks don’t seem to realize it, yet.
Don’t worry Obama will give her his.
If she will unclench her fist he will put it in her palm.
Somewhere in Iran . . .
“What can we possibly do to make ourselves look even more backward and aggressive than we already do after our circus like violent elections, Achmed?”
“Hmmmm. Let’s see, Your Most Holy Supreme Leader. I have Plan A – We stop importing toilet paper and bidets and punish any infidel bold enough to think personal hygiene is more important than blind obedience. We enforce this by tearing out all of the plumbing except industrial and kitchen sinks. Plan B is we seize the Nobel Prize of a respected female human rights attorney and jerk her and her family around. Plan C is we start rounding up Jews and Christians.”
****BURP***** “Let’s go with B. For now. Muahahahahaha! And start buying lots of toilet paper.”
Iran is suffering some form of dementia by the looks of it.
They probably have an environmental policy formed in the same place the Appalachian “clean coal” industry got theirs.
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