July 26, 2004
Nobel Prize winner now wins 'Lawyer of the Year' award
US occupation of Iraq as an "indecent act"
Lawfuel lawstar award goes to Iranian lawyer and human rights
activist Shirin Ebadi, who criticizes the US for its occupation
of Iraq. She provides LawFuel with an interview on her views on
the law and human rights and other issues affecting Iran and the
(PRWEB) July 23, 2004 -- Iranian lawyer and human rights activist
Shirin Ebadi, winner of last year's Nobel Peace prize, has
been awarded the 'Lawyer of the Year' award by online
legal news publisher LawFuel.
The LawFuel 'LawStar' award is based on a combination
of editorial choice and voting from the site's 50,000+ legal
LawFuel said although second place getter, US New York Attorney
General Eliot Spitzer accumulated significant votes, Ms Ebadi was
significantly ahead on the vote count and accordingly took the "LawStar" award.
Ms Ebadi said she was honoured to have won the award, through lawyer
Ms Ebadi, whose outspoken campaign for democracy and rights for
women has often landed her in hot water with conservative clerics,
has been credited with being a driving force behind reforms within
family law in Iran. She has previously been imprisoned in Iran
for her human rights activities.
She has also been an outspoken opponent of the US occupation
of Iran. In an interview with LawFuel publisher John Bowie she
had harsh words for the occupation of Iraq, saying occupation of
any country by any foreign government and for any motive was an "indecent
act" and is contrary to human rights.
In an the interview she also said that in winning the Nobel Peace
prize she believed the Nobel Prize Committee intended to tell the
world that not all Muslims hold the same beliefs and those Muslims
who cause enmity and hostility in the name of Islam should not
have their actions attributed to Islam.
"I am one of those Muslims who believes Islam does not
conflict with human rights and democracy," she said.
Her interview, posted on the LawFuel.com website here.
Ms Ebadi was a graduate of Tehran University and the first female
judge in Iran. She is a popular figure with many Iranians and was
forced to resign her position when it was decided that women were
not suitable for such posts. She subsequently established her own
law practice and took several politically sensitive cases.
LawFuel's "LawStars" nominees included 15 lawyers
from a variety of fields and several jurisdictions. The website
is shortly to accept nominations for its 2005 'LawStars' award.
(Photo AP/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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