Summary of Iran Stories in Today's BroadcastsBehnam NateghiSaturday, October 11, 2003
<b>Bush Congratulates Ebadi for Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize</b>
• “The American people look forward to a free Iran, one that stands as an example of tolerance and democracy in the Middle East, and around the world,” US President George Bush said on Saturday in a statement to congratulate Shirin Ebadi for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. He “strongly supported the Iranian people's aspirations for freedom and their desire for democracy.
• The Nobel Peace Prize will make her work harder than before, in order to at the least prove to herself that she deserved it, Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi tells <b>Radio Farda</b> in an interview on Saturday. (Mir-Ali Hosseini)
• The Nobel Prize was given to Ms Ebadi in recognition for her 20-year struggle in defense of the oppressed people, Paris-based human rights activist and lawyer <b>Abdolkarim Lahiji</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. Lahiji, vice president of the international federation of the societies for defense of human rights, which hosted Ms. Ebadi's fist press conference in its Paris offices, says by ignoring or condemning Ms. Ebadi, the Islamic regime once again loses an opportunity to support human rights and the people's aspirations, he adds.
• Human rights cannot be interpreted, Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi tells the German weekly <b>Der Spiegel</b>, adding that there is only one version of human rights recognized in the whole world, an each country cannot claim to have its own version of human rights. Those who defend human rights in Iran have learned to live in fear, she says. All reforms in Iran should be implemented peacefully, because the time of hatred, violence, oppression, repression and war has ended. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne)
• Arab press called the awarding of the Nobel Peace prize to Shirin Ebadi a major success for human rights defenders in Iran. She is a representative of all Iranian women and girls who went to jail during the past two decades, writes <i>Al-Akhbar</i>. The Norwegian Nobel committee showed that the whole world is behind the struggle of Iranian women to obtain equal rights, writes the London based daily <i>Al-Hayat</i>. The conservatives worry that Ebadi would use her international platform to make statements against the Islamic regime, writes <i>Al-Qabas</i>. (Fardideh Rahbar)
• Shirin Ebadi offered to represent the estate of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who died two months ago from the head injuries she suffered in custody. (Ali Sajjadi)
• In a report carried in scores of the US newspapers today, the Agence France Press said Shirin Ebadi's Nobel Peace prize is a cause for embarrassment for the ruling conservative clerics. Unexpected as it was, the Norwegian Nobel Committee upheld the tradition of the Nobel Peace Prize, writes the <i>New York Times,</i> Other major US papers, including the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, the <i>Miami Herald</i> and the <i>Oregonian</i> wrote editorials in support of Ms. Ebadi. The three main stories on the subject, from Oslo, Tehran Cairo and Los Angeles were carried by more than 700 newspapers and radio and TV websites across the US. (Behnam Nateghi, New York)
• The European newspapers supported the Nobel Committee's move to give the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize to Shirin Ebadi among a list of 165 major figures, including the Pope and former Czech president. (Fereydoun Zarnegar)
• Some Italian columnists blasted the Norwegian Nobel Committee for snubbing the Pope for Shirin Ebadi. (Ahmad Ra'fat, Rome)
رئيس جمهوري آمريکا در گراميداشت اعطاي جايزه صلح نوبل به شيرين عبادي اعلاميه اي منتشر کرد. در اعلاميه آمده است: ايالات متحد آمريکا اختصاص جايزه صلح نوبل را به شيرين عبادي، نخستين ايراني و نخستين زن مسلمان برنده جايزه تبريک مي گويد. جايزه به پاس يک عمر مبارزه در راه حقوق بشر و دموکراسي به وي اعطا شده است. من قاطعانه از خواست مردم ايران براي آزادي و دموکراسي پشتيباني مي کنم. آينده ايران را بايد مردم ايران تعيين کنند. مردم آمريکا در انتظار روزي هستند که ايران آزاد به الگوي مداراگري، رفاه و دموکراسي در خاور ميانه و سراسرجهان تبديل شود.