36 Total Quotes

Shirin Ebadi Quotes

Shirin Ebadi
We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.
Shirin Ebadi
#American Politician #Force

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I hope the example of Saddam Hussein will give a lesson to leaders of other countries where human rights are not respected.
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#American Politician #Example

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.
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#American Politician

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Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
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#American Politician #Civilization

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Whenever women protest and ask for their rights, they are silenced with the argument that the laws are justified under Islam. It is an unfounded argument. It is not Islam at fault, but rather the patriarchal culture that uses its own interpretations to justify whatever it wants.
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#Protest

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What is important is that one utilizes one's intellect and not to be 100 percent sure about one's convictions. One should always leave room for doubt.
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#American Politician #Conviction

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The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.
Shirin Ebadi
#American Politician #Human Rights

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Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture, but they are also its carriers. Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised in the confines of his mother's home.
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#American Politician #Culture

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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.
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#American Politician #Fear

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Democracy doesn't recognize east or west; democracy is simply people's will. Therefore, I do not acknowledge that there are various models of democracy; there is just democracy itself.
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#American Politician #Democracy

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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
#American Politician #Education

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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
#American Politician #Women

Shirin Ebadi
Sadly the job security of lawyers has been ruined, so they are less willing to defend political defendants.
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#American Politician #Security

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No American soldier should be allowed to se t foot on Iranian soil, regardless of the criticism we have of the Iranian government.
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#Criticism

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The Iranian government intends to use the nuclear program for peaceful purposes, but must convince international public opinion of that.
Shirin Ebadi
#American Politician #Government

Shirin Ebadi
We demand a non-violent world where human security is the basis of our common global security. People have the right to live in a world where the basic needs of all peoples are addressed. No more military attacks. No more war.
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#People

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I maintain that nothing useful and lasting can emerge from violence.
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#American Politician #Violence