Iranian Nobel winner urges Obama to stress human rights

WASHINGTON — In 2003, Shirin Ebadi , an Iranian lawyer and former jurist, won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on human rights. Despite the dangers to herself and her family, Ebadi still lives and works inside the Islamic Republic of Iran and calls herself a “bone in the throat” of the regime.

In an exclusive interview with McClatchy Wednesday, Ebadi welcomed President Barack Obama into the “family” of Nobel laureates, but warned him not to ignore deteriorating human rights issues in Iran and other nations.

Ebadi urged Obama to use the Nobel Peace Prize to continue to work for peace and human rights.


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