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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 10, 2003


Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Iranian Human Rights Activist Shirin Ebadi

2003/1026

The United States applauds the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Iranian democracy and human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi, who has tirelessly worked on behalf of all Iranians, with a focus on the rights of women and children. Ms. Shirin is both the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to win the peace prize in its 102-year history.

We fully support the aspirations of the Iranian people to live in freedom, and hope their call for democracy will be heard and transform Iran into a force for stability in the region.

Released on October 10, 2003

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