3 January 2009

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General concerned about reported threats against Iranian nobel laureate


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is greatly concerned about reports that Iranian lawyer, human right activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been threatened in recent days, her Center for the Defense of Human Rights broken into and materials taken, and that hostile crowds have mobilized today outside her office and home.  He calls on the Iranian authorities to take immediate measures to prevent any further harassment and to ensure Shirin Ebadi’s safety and security.

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