Friday, 27 November 2009
Iranian regime confiscated Shirin Ebadi's Nobel Prize
Norway said on Thursday that Iran had confiscated Ebadi's Nobel medal and diploma awarded to her in 2003 from a bank box and that it had summoned Iran's envoy to Oslo in protest.
'The medal and diploma have been removed from Dr Ebadi's bank box, together with other personal items,' Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a statement.
'Such an act leaves us feeling shock and disbelief,' he added, stressing 'this is the first time a Nobel Peace Prize has been confiscated by national authorities.'
The ministry said it had summoned Iran's charge d'affaires in Oslo on Wednesday to discuss Ebadi's case…
'The persecution of Dr. Ebadi and her family show that freedom of expression is under great pressure in Iran,' the ministry added…
'I do not know of anything like that happening before,' the committee's secretary Geir Lundestad told AFP.
Iran 'illegally' freezes Ebadi's assets: colleague
Iran has 'illegally' frozen bank accounts belonging to Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, in a bid to step up pressure on the rights advocate and critic of the Islamic regime, a colleague told AFP on Friday.
'A laureate has never been treated like that. Even political dissidents such as (Russian Andrei) Sakharov and (Pole Lech) Walesa were better treated in their countries,' he deplored, referring to the men who won in 1975 and 1983, during the Cold War. (AFP - Nov 26, 2009)