Past eventResearch Event

Refugee Rights in Iran

6 June 2008 - 17:30 to 18:30

Chatham House, London


Dr Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and human rights campaigner



Shirin Ebadi was the first Muslim woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. Dr Ebadi practices law in Tehran and has a long history of campaigning for women's and children's rights in Iran. The visit to the UK represents a rare opportunity to engage with one of Iran's leading dissident voices directly.

Dr Ebadi's latest publication, 'Refugee Rights in Iran', will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the needs of refugees. It will also serve as an essential reference for policy-makers promoting refugee rights in Islamic states. Dr Ebadi argues that there is nothing inherent in the legal structure of Islamic states that prevents them from upholding basic human rights for refugees, and she reveals how these rights are protected in Iran, a country where the Islamic legal system is predominant.

The meeting will be held on the record.