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April 10, 2005 - April 11, 2005

'Cultural pluralism and democracy'

Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Peace Laureate, Tehran

Keynote Speaker

Shirin Ebadi is the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. In the years 1975-79 the Iranian lawyer and human rights activist served as President of the City Court of Tehran, one of the first female judges in Iran. After the revolution in 1979 she was forced to resign and now teaches at the University of Tehran and works as a lawyer. Among others, she was the attorney of the families of writers and intellectuals who were victims of the serial murders in 1999-2000. She has also worked successfully to reveal the principals behind the attack at Tehran University in 1999 where several students died. Shirin Ebadi represents a Reformed Islam who argues for a reformed interpretation of Islamic law and promotes freedom of speech, political and religious freedom and peaceful, democratic solutions to serious problems in society. Using dialogue as her tool she has built bridges and cooperates closely with representatives of both secular and religious views. As founder and leader of the Association for the Support of Children's Rights in Iran Shirin Ebadi is also an activist of women, children and refugee rights. Among her books translated into English are 'The Rights of the Child', published with support from UNICEF, and 'History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran'.

Sunday, April 10, 2005:

14:00 Dialogue on 'Defending the rights of women and children' hosted by Forum Asia and the Peace and Culture Foundation (not a public event)

Monday, April 11, 2005:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Chulalongkorn University in cooperation with The Education Society of Thailand

Information & free tickets: Phone 02-218-3331-5, Fax 02-216-1299,

20:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand

Information & tickets: Phone 02-652-0580-1, Fax 02-652-0582,