12 August 2009

Shirin Ebadi calls for new election

Yesterday Nobel laureateShirin Ebadi called for a fresh election in Iran under UN surveillance to end violence in her country and urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Tehran.

"In order to have fair election results, there must be a re-election under UN surveillance," she told journalists during a visit to South Korea."I plead with the UN secretary general to come to Iran. He must see what's happening in Iran with his own eyes and talk to Iranians in order to write an accurate and truthful report,"

She urged Tehran to stop using violence against peaceful protesters, halt the "show trials" of political opponents, release detainees, end censorship and compensate victims of government violence.

Many Iranians had begun employing new tactics to continue protests while avoiding arrest, she said.In one instance mothers of demonstrators who were killed or arrested wear black and gather in public parks on Saturday nights for silent protests, carrying pictures of their children, she said.

Ebadi called for international pressure on Tehran but made it clear she opposes economic sanctions or military intervention."Economic sanctions would only aggravate the people's hardship," she said."It's much more important for the international community to share in Iranians' pain rather than to impose economic sanctions on them."

I wish her words would be heeded

15 comments:

CherryPie said...

Sadly it is not very likely.

Silent Hunter said...

How is anything bar economic sanctions going to make a difference?

James Higham said...

Great call though. Brave call.

jams o donnell said...

True, sadly Cherie

iran's only major export is oil, I can't see anyone even thinking of stopping the flow of Iranian oil SH. Ultimately change has to come from inside Iran, external interference will be counterprouctive

It is James. She is a remakrable woman

jams o donnell said...

True, sadly Cherie

iran's only major export is oil, I can't see anyone even thinking of stopping the flow of Iranian oil SH. Ultimately change has to come from inside Iran, external interference will be counterprouctive

It is James. She is a remakrable woman

Claudia said...

There have been many threats against her life and her family. Yet, she will never leave her country, and has no affection for Iranians who settle elsewhere in a so-called better life. To hear her voice gives me respect, admiration and hope for the Iran that she represents.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, she's a brave woman. She is right - The UN General Sec should go there.

Sean Jeating said...

In order not to make certain readers feel awfully insulted - ha ha ha -, I shall compare just this woman and me:
While I - a pint of plain in my left, a bowl of most delicious chips in my right I do have (so far) nothing to fear when f.e. calling Mr Bush a debicile idiot, and both Mr Obama and Mr Putin ruthless bastards, this woman is risking her life by speaking out, day by day.
To cut it short: Women like her make the difference.

His Girl Friday said...

yes, a brave woman

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone. I do respect and admore M Ebadi

jmb said...

Hardly likely is it? I enjoyed her book immensely and have a great deal of respect for her.

jams o donnell said...

Sadly very unlikely jmb. Still she is a great woman

Silent Hunter said...

Change, sadly, only comes from within when the leadership lets go a little. Look at the Soviet bloc for example.

jams o donnell said...

Very true SH!

jams o donnell said...

Very true SH!