Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi says she has no choice but to remain hopeful that her country will one day recognize and protect the rights of women, children, and political prisoners. Ebadi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, lives in London now, after fleeing her homeland due to harassment and intimidation by the government. In exile, she continues to write and speak about the need for greater transparency, democracy, and equality in her home country.
In an interview with Mother Jones ahead of the release of her new book, Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights, Ebadi criticized both the country’s court system for sending critics of the government to prison for years and the laws put in place after the revolution that have restricted women’s employment and freedom. But Ebadi said that despite her criticism, she has hope that a new generation of educated activists will bring changes to Iranian society.
“I’m very optimistic about the future of Iran. We have a young population. They are very educated, and they are sensitive to social issues. I don’t think that they will remain silent,” she said.
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