Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Nobel Peace 2003 Winner, Shirin Ebadi

Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Nobel Peace 2003 Winner, Shirin Ebadi

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Lawyer-activist Shirin Ebadi wins the Nobel Peace Prize for her dedication to human rights and democracy in Iran. Brian Murphy (AP)

TEHRAN, Iran--The Nobel Peace Prize award for Iranian lawyer-activist Shirin Ebadi may do more than place her in the rarefied company of history-shapers such as Nelson Mandela and Lech Walesa. It could hand Iranian reformers what they've been craving; a leader with the clout to rattle the entrenched theocracy.

Ebadi--who also is Iran's first female judge--was praised around the world as a courageous champion of political freedom after the Norwegian Nobel Committee honored her Friday for promoting preaceful and democratic solutions in the struggle for human rights.

The prize, announced Friday in Oslo, Norway, gave hope to the dispirited reformers challenging Iran's ruling clerics that the 56 year-old lawyer's newfound prominence may breathe life into their tired ranks.

"This prize, doesn't belong to me only. …

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