Ban concerned over threats against Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

3 January 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his great concern over reports that Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been threatened recently.

It has also been reported that her Center for the Defense of Human Rights has been broken into and materials taken, and that hostile crowds have gathered outside her office and home.

Mr. Ban “calls on the Iranian authorities to take immediate measures to prevent any further harassment and to ensure Shirin Ebadi's safety and security,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.

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