Nobel laureates fear for Iran's Ebadi

TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Files seized by Iranian agents from the offices of dissident Tehran attorney Shirin Ebadi may put her and her clients in danger, Nobel Peace Prize winners say.

Ebadi, a veteran human rights activist, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. Her law office was raided by Iranian authorities Monday, with agents taking computers and dozens of files on her clients, who are mostly political activists, CNN reported Wednesday.


Ebadi's fellow Nobel Peace Prize winners have launched a letter-writing campaign as a way to raise concerns about her safety, as well as that of her clients, the U.S. broadcaster said.

"It is our great fear that Dr. Ebadi may be arrested in the next 24 to 48 hours as part of a systematic campaign by the government of Iran to bring an end to her work, and to the work of all human rights activists in the country of Iran," 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams wrote in a letter to Navanethem Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

"The confiscation of those files are against the law because they are contrary to the law that protects the sanctity of lawyer-client conversations," Ebadi told CNN.


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