Ebadi: change in Iran has to come from within

By Joshua Kellams, NewsNetNebraska

Let the people handle it.

These words resonated in the ears of about 500 people at the Lied Center for Performing Arts Tuesday evening as Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the first Iranian woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, spoke about religious tolerance and the need for democratic change in her home country of Iran.

The speech was part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

In her 45-minute-long speech, Dr. Ebadi discussed the necessity for Iran to become a true democracy, one that protects human rights with officials elected by the people.  She said the current government’s interpretation of Islam – which discriminates against women, minorities, democracy and freedom of speech — is unsustainable.

But, she said a different interpretation exists, one that allows equality among all human rights.

She also said that foreign governments and economic sanctions will not help the situation, and that the Iranian people are solely responsible for changing a nation’s culture and government.

Here is NewsNetNebraska’s live coverage of the speech via Twitter:

NewsNetNebraska’s live coverage of Dr. Shirin Ebadi’s speech. Dr. Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer and the first Iranian women to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.


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