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Interview with Nobel winner Ebadi

By Lindsey Hilsum

Updated on 19 February 2009

Nobel Prize for Peace winner Shirin Ebadi talks to our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum in her Tehran office about harassment her legal work is facing.

Next week seven members of the Baha'i religion are to go on trial in Iran accused of spying for Israel. The Foreign Office has expressed concern about the Baha'is, who are persecuted in Iran even though their faith is an offshoot of Islam.

Defending the seven charged is lawyer Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Peace. But now she too is facing harassment for her legal work - and her defence of women's rights.

"I have received a few telephone threats in the last few days. They ask why you are continuing your work when we've closed your offices. You should stop all activities, not that we close one place and you set up in another. The callers are anonymous," she tells Lindsey Hilsum.

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