441 well known Human/Women's/Children's Rights activists'
Open letter to Noble Peace Committee

12/10/2003
Dear Committee members,

We the undersigned, hereby, demonstrate our protest to the explanation given by the Noble Peace
Committee regarding awarding this year's Noble Peace Prize.

In its statement, the Committee has explained that the Peace prize is awarded to Mrs Shirin Ebadi
as "a woman who is part of the Moslem world." Thus identifying the people of Iran and millions of
men and women in all the Islamic stricken countries to this "world". The only connection of the
people in Iran has been the life of brutality and suppression imposed on them by Islamic laws. The
only aspect of Islam that people identify themselves with is to fight against it.

The statement further explains that the prize is awarded to Mrs Ebadi because "Ebadi is a conscious
Moslem. She sees no conflict between Islam and fundamental human rights." Presumably, the
Committee believes this description would initiate delight and joy to people of Iran! The fact of the
matter is that people of Iran see the Islamic Republic with all its laws and regulations as the cause
of the hardship, poverty, destitution, women's suppression and the brutal state of children's rights.
We the undersigned would like to express our indignation to such explanations and implications.

We together with the people of Iran, see the law of hijab (Islamic veil) as violation of our most
basic rights. We see how Islam is enforcing sexual apartheid in the society, we see how Islamic law
on marriage perpetuates rape of children, we see how Islamic law of eye for an eye and stoning is
ruining the lives of millions of people in Iran… The list is endless. We regard the whole philosophy
of Islamic government in violation of human and civil rights. Contrary to your explanation, there is
a whole world of contradiction between political Islam and human rights. There is no common
ground between women's and children's rights and Islam. Your statement not only refuses to
address these issues, but by endorsing, it paves the way to consolidating the very cause of violation
of human rights in Iran.

People in Iran, especially women, are paying the price of such international praises, by being
denied their rights under Islamic laws. They are struggling for equality and a secular state. Twenty-
four years of torture, execution, sexual apartheid, child poverty, and the demands for freedom and a
secular state through the daily struggle of people in Iran are proof enough that there is every
contradiction between Islam and basic human rights.

We regard the statement by the Noble Peace Prize Committee against the interests of women,
children and the people of Iran, and hence condemn it.

Copy to: Mrs Shirin Ebadi
Women's and Children's Organisations
Political Parties and organisations
Mass Media


Signatures

1- Mina Ahadi, founder and chair person of International Committee against Stoning,
Representative of organisation of Women's Liberation abroad;
2- Mehroosh Moosavi, writer and editor of the weekly newspaper of Organisation of
Women's Liberation, member of Militant Women's Central Council in Germany;
3- Azar Majedi, Chair person of the Organisation of Women's Liberation, editor of Medusa,
journal of Women and Socialism, Chair person of Middle East Centre in Defence of
Women's Rights;
4- Parvin Kaboli, Speaker of International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran,
Chief of Persian language Radio Station Gothenburg, Sweden;
5- Nahid Ryazi, Women's activist, member of Stirring Committee of Pen Society in Denmark,
International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran- Denmark, Chief of Persian
language TV in Denmark;
6- Susan Saberu, student, women's activist, Chair of Persian language Solidarity Radio in
Gothenburge;
7- Shahla Khbaz-zadeh, women's activist, Germany;
8- Laila Gasemian, Speaker of International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran,
Gothenburge, Sweden;
9- Galavizh Mostafanejad, activist of International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights
in Iran, Gothenburge, Sweden;
10- Mahin Alipoor, speaker of International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran,
tickholm, Sweden;
11- Soheila Sharifi, writer and journalist;
12- Shahnaz Moratab, member of the Workers stirring Committee In Hessen and Rhine Land
Fales – Germany, Representative of the International Committee against Stoning in
Frankfurt;
13- Soheila Kyani, Msc in Arabic, Women's activist;
14- Sahra Kyani, Student
15- Tavoos Karimi, Women's activist;
16- Parvin Moazi, Chair of International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran –
Germany;
17- Halaleh Taheri, Chair of the Organisation in Defence of Women's Rights in Kurdistan,
member of the Women's Committee of the Network of Human Rights in Sweden, member
of the Central Office of Organisation of Children First;
18- Azam Kamguan, writer, researcher, founder and Chair of the Middle East Committee in
Defence of women's Rights, editor of the Bulletin Women in the Middle East;
19- Soraya Shahabi, Chair person of Children First, International Campaign for Children's
Rights, Founder of International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran;
20- Ebtesam Rahbari, women's activist in Switzerland;
21- Azar Moosavi, Worker activist, Founder of workers fund at the pharmaceutical plant of
SinaDaroo – Iran;
22- Nasrin Ramezanali, Chairperson of International Federation of Iranian Refugees in
Germany, member of the Central Office of Hambastegi;
23- Solmaz Kyani, Women's activist, Austria;
24- Shahdokht Gorbani, Bsc Phycology, women's activist;
25- Tooran ahmadi, teacher, women's activist, Gachsaran, Iran;
26- Parvin Poorhakim, teacher, women's activist, Gachsaran, Iran;
27- Shahdokht Aryayee, Microbiology student from Kazeroon, Iran;
28- Shagayeg Mehrjoo, Law student, women's activist, Tehran, Iran;
29- Sholeh Ranazade, MA Persian Literature, university lecturer, Iran;
30- Bi bi Ashta, women's activist, Koln, Germany ;
31- Azar Modaresi, Chairperson of TV International;
32- Sara Mohamad, Women's activist from Iraq, founder of the organisation of Remember
Pella and Fatemeh in Sweden;
33- Halaleh rafe, women's activist, speaker of International Campaign in Defence of Women's
Rights in Iraq;
34- Pegah Ahmadzade, student, women's activist, Germany;
35- Shahnaz Khandani, Chairperson of organisation of Children First in Germany;
36- Narges Mangeneh, activist and member of Children First in Sweden;
37- Nazanin Sadigi, women's activist, presenter Radio Hambastegi, Persian language radio in
Gothenburg, Sweden;
38- Sakar Ahmad, Chairperson of Women's Independent Organisation in Arbil – Iraq, editor of
the journal of Equality, Coordinator of Women's Shelter in Iraq, women's activist in Iraq;
39- Maryam Kousha, member of the management Committee of Iranian Civil Rights
Committee, women's activist, member of the editorial board of Medusa – Journal of
Women and Socialism;
40- Zari Asli, women's activist, Coordinator of Committee in Defence of Women's Rights in
the Middle East, Vancouver, Canada;
41- Sima Bahari, political activist, presenter of International Radio, Stockholm, Sweden;
42- Azar pooya, political activist, women's activist;
43- Mina Ahmadloo, political activist, women's activist in Gothenburg, Sweden;
44- Gharibeh Hosseini, member of the Swedish Organisation in Defence of battered women,
speaker of International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran, Helsingbory,
Sweden;
45- Shahla Daneshfar, initiator of organising Workers' Strike Fund in Iran, editor of online
newspaper – Workers;
46- Parvaneh ahmadi, Childrens' activist, member of organisation of Children First;
47- Nasrin Parvaz, writer of the book Laleh Abasi, ex-political prisoner in Islamic Republic of Iran;
48- Diana Nami (Galavizh Ghadernezhad), chairperson of the organisation Remember Hishu, London –
Britain;
49- Shiva Mahboobi, International Relations of the Committee against Stoning, Britain;
50- ozra Adami (Abaji), women's activist, Sweden;
51- Nazireh Memary, political activist, women's activist;
52- Ebtesam Azizi, coordinator of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran,
Denmark;
53- Fereshteh Moradi, , coordinator of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in
Iran, Holland;
54- Shirin Samavarsaz, bank employee, women's activist, Gohardasht, Karaj, Iran;
55- Maryam Yadgar Asl, student architect, Esfahan, women's activist;
56- Simin Yadgar Asl, year 8 pupil, women's activist, Esfahan, Iran;
57- Zahra Omidvar, primary school teacher, political prisoner under the Islamic Republic, political
activist, women's activist, Hamadan, Iran;
58- Ladan Davar, political activist, women's activist, Koln, Germany;
59- Gashow Mohamad, coordinator of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in
Iraq;
60- Soheila Hasan, self-employed, women's activist;
61- Bigard Vahab, activist of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iraq, koln,
Germany;
62- Nadia Mahmood, well known political and women's activist in Iraq, coordinator of Middle East
Centre for Women's Rights, one of the founders of the Organisation of Women's Liberation in Iraq;
63- Mahboobeh Sihahmardi, Nurse, women's activist;
64- Maryam Taheri, political and women's activist, ex political prisoner in the Islamic Republic of Iran;
65- Shahin Pishe Ehsan, women's activist, Belgium;
66- Maryam Namazi, Chair person of International Federation of Iranian Refugees, Editor of the English
journal of the Federation, Editor of the weekly paper of WPI Briefing;
67- Soheila Khosravi, nurse, political and women's activist;
68- Maryam Afrasiabpoor, Speaker of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in
Iran, Vesteras – Sweden;
69- Zahra Hasanpoor, political and women's activist;
70- Akhtar Falahian, political and women's activist;
71- Maryam Jabarzade, colledge student, Hessen – Germany, political and women's activist;
72- Minoo Hamili, ex-political prisoner in Islamic Republic of Iran, coordinator of International
Federation of Iranian Refugees, Toronto, Canada, women's activist;
73- Fahime Sadeghi, political and women's activist, coordinator of International Federation of Iranian
Refugees, Vancouver, Canada;
74- Negar Farshidfar, Lawyer and women's activist, Tehran, Iran;
75- Katayoon Aryan Poor, health worker and women's activist, Tabriz, Iran;
76- Minoo Hemati, political and women's activist, Los Angeles, USA;
77- Maryam Sadeghi, housewife, women's activist;
78- Toghra Gharagozloo, political activist, Chairperson of the Persian language TV in Berlin
(Germany), coordinator of the International Committee against stoning, Berlin;
79- Maryam Shahabian, women's activist;
80- Anahita, Naser, presenter of Solidarity Radio in Gothenburg, Sweden, women's activist;
81- Maryam Soltani, hairdresser, women's activist;
82- Vida Baratian, political activist, member of the central office of International Federation of Iranian
Refugees, Germany;
83- Fatemeh Aghabi, political and women's activist;
84- Nazanin Broomand, political and women's activist, editor of the German language weekly of WPI
Briefing;
85- Soraya Khezri, student of political economy in Hamburg, political and women's activist, Germany;
86- Soraya Toloyee, housewife, women's activist, Dortmund, Germany;
87- Parvin jabarzadeh, high school pupil, women's activist, Gothenburg, Sweden;
88- Zahra Agayari, high school pupil, women's activist Padboren, Germany;
89- Hamideh Jafari, housewife, women's activist, Padboren, Germany;
90- Parisa Pooyandeh, political and women's activist, Amsterdam, Holland;
91- Lida Sharifi, Bsc Economics, water authority employee, women's activist, Esfehan, Iran;
92- Shervineh Agha Khodayari, student of English, women's activist, Shahr Kord, Iran;
93- Nastaran Ali Mohamadi, Mehrabad Airport employee, women's activist, Tehran, Iran;
94- Shayesteh taherkhani, care assistant, women's activist, Koln, Germany;
95- Monir Sharif Pooryan, housewife, women's activist;;
96- Sahar Farjad, care assistant, women's activist;
97- Azam Shayesteh, Newspaper Type setter, women's activist, Koln, Germany;
98- Marziyeh Darjozi, housewife, women's activist, Koln, Germany;
99- Nasim Rahnama, activist of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran,
coordinator of the Youth Radio, Copenhagen, Denmark;
100- Shiva Farahmand, activist of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran,
Copenhagen, Denmark;
101- Behnaz Tahsili, activist of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran,
Copenhagen, Denmark;
102- Katayoon Farahmand, activist of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in
Iran, Copenhagen, Denmark;
103- Fakhri Naderi, Coordinator of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees, Malmoe, Sweden;
104- Samira Shadbakhsh, Carpet factory worker, women's activist, mashad, Iran;
105- Homa Arjmand, social worker, Msc medical physics, women's activist;
106- Fariba Mehraban, medical doctor, women's activist, Canada;
107- Vida Niroobakhsh, computer engineer from Canada, women's activist, Iran;
108- Yadi Golchini, heavy vehicle industry worker, activist against Islamic laws, Sweden;
109- Mark Sharyat, defender of freedom and human rights;
110- Nader Baktash, political and cultural activist, writer, Paris, France;
111- Saleh falahi, defender of freedom;
112- Fatemeh Eghdami, political activist, care assistant, Holland;
113- Forough Arghavan, ex-political prisoner, political activist, Canada;
114- Foad Rowshan, coordinator of Ayandegan Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden;
115- Esmail Moloudi, member of the leadership committee of Save the Children-West Sweden region,
social worker, member of the council employee worker's union, West Sweden;
116- Kevin Ketabi, student of physics, political activist, Sweden;
117- Laila Roshan Zamir, political and women's activist, against Islam;
118- Maryam Roshan Zamir, political and women's activist, against Islam;
119- Sena pir Khazari, member activist of the International campaign in defence of Women's Rights in
Iran, Sweden;
120- Sara Moradi, women's and children's activist in Gothenburg, Sweden;
121- Roya Shud, Information Centre of University of Houston, USA;
122- Khalil Keyvan, political and women's activist, against political Islam, Sweden;
123- Arezoo Mohamadi, activist of the International campaign in defence of Women's Rights in Iran,
Sweden;
124- Nader Sharifi, Webmaster and editor of the Internet site Ayeneh, political activist;
125- Esmail Rasooli, Webmaster and editor of the Iranian Refugee's Internet site;
126- Mesede Ghaedi, ex-political prisoner of Islamic Republic of Iran, political activist;
127- reza Akhgar, political and women's activist;
128- Vida Bratian, political and refugee right's activist, member of the central office of the International
federation of Iranian Refugees, Germany;
129- Vida Ehsan, political prisoner of Islamic Republic of Iran, supporting freedom movement;
130- Mehran Mahboobi, truck driver, political activist against political Islam;
131- Hataw Amini, women's activist, Bergen, Norway;
132- jamil Farzan, political activist, Sweden;
133- Siamak Bahari, Chairperson of Radio People's Voice, Stockholm, Sweden;
134- Abdullah Asadi, activist of refugee's rights and International Federation of Iranian Refugees;
135- Fariborz pooya, political activist, England, editor of the weekly WPI Briefing;
136- Eghbal Nazar Gahi, high school teacher in Iran, political activist in Canada;
137- Fariba Davari, political activist;
138- Sahand Hoseinzadeh, children's activist, Finland;
139- Nazanin Saleh, ex-coordinator of the Women's Shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan, activist of the
Organisation of Women's Liberation in Iraq, Finland;
140- Howzan, Mahmood, editor of the English language magazine Equality;
141- Arezoo Pooya, communication engineer, women's activist;
142- Minoo Hemati, women's activist, Los Angeles, USA;
143- Hasan Panahi, Refugee Rights activist, Sweden;
144- Shirin Abdullah, activist of the Independent Organisation of Women in Iraqi Kurdistan, Finland;
145- Mosam Najam Haji, activist of the Independent Organisation of Women in Iraqi Kurdistan,
Finland;
146- Shokari Abdullah, activist of the Independent Organisation of Women in Iraqi Kurdistan, Finland;
147- Nazar Hosein, activist of the Independent Organisation of Women in Iraqi Kurdistan, Finland;
148- Taher Iesa, activist of the Independent Organisation of Women in Iraqi Kurdistan, Finland;
149- Masoomeh Mahmood Amin, activist of the Independent Organisation of Women in Iraqi
Kurdistan, Finland;
150- Nima, 20 year lod student from Tehran;
151- Tofigh Pirkhazari, activist of children's rights, Sweden;
152- Shirin Farkhondeh, activist of children's rights, Sweden;
153- Karim Shah Mohamadi, activist of children's rights, Sweden;
154- Asad Nodinian,activist in the movement for equality and freedom, coordinator of the Project to
stop and prevent violence against women, Stockholm, Sweden;
155- Soleyman Ghasemiani, editor of the Kurdish language paper Hana, writer, Sweden;
156- Bekr Ahmad, poet, writer and journalist, Sweden;
157- Mehran Torabi, painter and designer, Sweden;
158- Goli Salimi, ex-political prisoner of the Islamic Republic of Iran, assistant to the Hambasteghi
Radio in Gothenburg, Sweden;
159- Parastoo Mohajer, political activist,
160- Minoo Armani, socialogist and researcher;
161- Kaveh Ketabchi, social worker;
162- Siavash Modaresi, journalist, editor of the Persian language journal Poosheh, political activist;
163- Ali Javadi, producer and presenter of the Persian language TV For A Better World and Against the
Current (Channel one Satalite TV), editor of the journal of Porsesh;
164- Sahand from Hamadan, Iran;
165- Salah Irandoost, editor of the online newspaper Rowzane;
166- Amir Tavakoli, assistant to the weekly newspaper Women's Freedom, political activist, Sweden;
167- Mohamad Asangaran, political and women's activist, opposition to political Islam, Germany;
168- Iraj Farzad, e-political prisoner, editor of the newspaper Iskra;
169- Babak Shadidi, representative of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees in Ankara,
Turkey;
170- Ghafar Gholam Veisi, political activist and coordinator of the International Federation of Iranian
Refugees in Norway;
171- Sadegh Zandi,political activist, assistant to the Persian language International Radio;
172- Saeed Karamat, researcher in Middle East studies, Toronto, Canada;
173- Elahe Sardari, women's activist, Ankara, Turkey;
174- Mahmood Rahbari, student, activist of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees in
Switzerland;
175- Sina Behrangi, from Iran against Islam,
176- Ara Noorshirvani, Electronic and assembly industry worker, women's activist, defender of freedom
and equality;
177- Koorosh Modaresi, Leader of Worker-communist Party of Iran;


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