The Nobel Peace Prize for 2003

goes to someone who appears to actually deserve it, for a change.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2003 to Shirin Ebadi for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children.
As a lawyer, judge, lecturer, writer and activist, she has spoken out clearly and strongly in her country, Iran, and far beyond its borders. She has stood up as a sound professional, a courageous person, and has never heeded the threats to her own safety.

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3 comments

  1. Al Maviva

    I’m frankly a bit shocked that the Nobel committee would notice an Iranian dissident and pro-democracy agitator. I commend them for it.
    One must wonder, however, what the followup to this stunning acknowledgement will be. Recognition of an imprisoned Cuban reporter? That’s probably too much to hope for. On the other hand, I suppose that given the Committee’s current habits, we’re lucky that they didn’t give the award to Osama bin Laden, for his social work in Afghanistan.