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New Nobel Peace Prize
    #1997442 - 10/10/03 03:52 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

PARIS (AFP) - The Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi said she was "shocked" at winning the Nobel peace prize, and said it was for all Iranians who fought for democracy.

"This prize belongs not only to me, it belongs to everybody who work for democracy and peace in Iran," she told AFP by telephone from her Paris home.

Asked how she reacted to the news she replied, "Exactly I don't know yet, because I'm shocked. I didn't have time to think about it. I must think about it.

"There won't be many changes in my own life, but it will be important for my work for human rights and for citizens in Iran.

"Everybody in the world and in Iran believes that democracy is the best way for living in Iran. I'm very glad that the Nobel prize will help me to help my people," she said Friday.

Ebadi, 56, is one of Iran's most prominent human rights defenders, whose campaigning on behalf of women, children and outspoken dissidents has earned her the wrath of the Islamic republic's religious hardliners.

She is the first Muslim woman to win the coveted prize.

She said she had been due to leave for Tehran Friday but might now delay her trip for a day or two.

Edited by wingnutx (10/10/03 04:00 PM)

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