The full text of the Nobel committee's announcement of the peace prize for Shirin Ebadi.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the
Nobel Peace Prize for 2003 to Shirin Ebadi for her efforts for
democracy and human rights.
She has focused especially on the
struggle for the rights of women and children.
As a lawyer, judge, lecturer, writer and activist, she has
spoken out clearly and strongly in her country, Iran, and far
beyond its borders.
She has stood up as a sound professional, a
courageous person, and has never heeded the threats to her own
Her principal arena is the struggle for basic human rights,
and no society deserves to be labelled civilised unless the
rights of women and children are respected.
In an era of
violence, she has consistently supported non-violence
In an era of
violence, she has consistently supported non-violence.
fundamental to her view that the supreme political power in a
community must be built on democratic elections.
enlightenment and dialogue as the best path to changing
attitudes and resolving conflict.
Human rights and Islam
Ebadi is a conscious Muslim. She sees no conflict between
Islam and fundamental human rights.
It is important to her that
the dialogue between the different cultures and religions of the
world should take as its point of departure their shared values.
It is a pleasure for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the
Peace Prize to a woman who is part of the Muslim world, and of
whom that world can be proud - along with all who fight for
human rights wherever they live.
During recent decades, democracy and human rights have
advanced in various parts of the world.
By its awards of the
Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has attempted
to speed up this process.
We hope that the people of Iran will feel joyous that for
the first time in history one of their citizens has been awarded
the Nobel Peace Prize, and we hope the Prize will be an
inspiration for all those who struggle for human rights and
democracy in her country, in the Muslim world, and in all
countries where the fight for human rights needs inspiration and