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quotations by University of Tehran employees

  • "'The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'The condition of women in Islamic societies as a whole is also far from desirable. However, we should acknowledge that there are differences. In certain countries, the conditions are much better and in others much worse.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'The Iranian government intends to use the nuclear program for peaceful purposes, but must convince international public opinion of that.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'Unfortunately for governments like that of Iran, when they forbid something, people become more interested.' - Azar Nafisi"
  • "'We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government, the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp. The funny thing is that human rights activists and Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'When a person is humiliated, when his rights are being violated, and he does not have the proper education, naturally he gravitates toward terrorism.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'Sadly the job security of lawyers has been ruined, so they are less willing to defend political defendants.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'No American soldier should be allowed to set foot on Iranian soil, regardless of the criticism we have of the Iranian government.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'I maintain that nothing useful and lasting can emerge from violence.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'I hope the example of Saddam Hussein will give a lesson to leaders of other countries where human rights are not respected.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'Lawyers have a dangerous job in Iran.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'Lawyers should not be charged with the same crimes as their clients. Trials related to political charges are not in accordance with human rights.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'My aim is to show that those governments that violate the rights of people by invoking the name of Islam have been misusing Islam.' - Shirin Ebadi"
  • "'Lots of times you can feel as an exile in a country that you were born in.' - Azar Nafisi"
  • "'How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear.' - Shirin Ebadi"

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