Press Release

For immediate release 9 December 2003

Contact Fariborz Pooya: 0044(0) 7719166731

In Oslo: 0047 (0) 98023484 or 0044(0) 7970643243

An Alternate Nobel Peace Prize Meeting and Press Conference

Join the Worker-communist Party of Iran in an alternative press conference and meeting on 9 December 2003, from 11.00a.m. opposite the Noble Peace Institute, Drammensveien 19, Oslo challenging the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Shirin Ebadi.

Hear the real story from leaders of the women’s rights and progressive movement in Iran and how in fact Islam is antithetical to human rights and how Islam and the Islamic regime of Iran are being challenged by Iranian society. Contrary to what Shirin Ebadi and the Nobel Prize Committee has stated, millions of women, youth, students and progressive people have formed a gigantic anti-Islamic movement and are struggling for real changes. Worker-communism is leading this movement for the complete emancipation of women, for full rights, and for a secular state.

Shirin Ebadi does not represent this profound development in Iran. By advocating for changes within a brutal system, she and her supporters wish to maintain the status quo. Iranian society, however, will not accept anything less than an end to Islamic rule, the separation of state from religion, the establishment of secularism and an end to all misogynist Islamic laws. This movement is shaping the future of Iran.

Due to its uncompromising, humane and clear stance on Islam, political Islam and the Islamic regime, worker-communism has become the voice and aspiration of millions of people in Iran. At the alternate press conference and meeting, meet those who represent the only real force that is dealing with political Islam in Iran and the region.

Notes for the editors:
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The Nobel Peace Prize Committee is planning a ceremony to award this year's Peace Prize to Shirin Ebadi in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2003. By now, everyone knows that neither peace nor human rights is to be celebrated at this ceremony. The ruling reaction in Europe recognises that it is not enough to conduct so-called 'critical dialogue' or directly support the Islamic barbarity in Iran. This is a clear response to the spectre of a popular revolution in Iran. With this award, European governments have directly and indirectly declared through Shirin Ebadi that Islam is not incompatible with human rights, that the Islamic regime is reform-able, and that the people of Iran must tolerate Islamic Sharia Law and the Islamic constitution! On December 10th, this is the despicable political message the Nobel Peace Committee, the European Union and western governments want to announce to the world.

In preparation, the Nobel Peace Prize will hold a press conference in Oslo on December 9, 2003. Simultaneously, outside the conference, the Worker-communist Party of Iran will be holding an alternative press conference - Two press conferences with two different objectives!

At the alternative Press conference the following will speak:

Azar Majedi, the director of the Organisation of Women's Liberation in Iran and the Editor of Medusa.

Mina Ahadi, co-ordinator of the International Campaign against Stoning and the representative of the Organisation of Women's Liberation in Iran.

Mehrnoosh Mosavie, the Editor of Azadi Zan.

Ali Javadi, member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran's Political Bureau, director of A Better World TV Station and Editor of Porsesh Journal.

Parvin Kaboli, co-ordinator of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran.

Nahid Riyazie, Representative of the Organisation of Women's Liberation in Iran and member of the executive committee of PEN in Denmark.

Sarah Mohamed, Representative of the Organisation of Women's Liberation in Iraq and the founding member of the 'Never Forget Pela and Fadima' Organisation.

Halale Taheri, Head of the centre in defence of Kurdish women’s rights.

Darioush Niknam, secretary of the Oslo organisation of the WPI.

Mersedeh Ghaedi, Representative of the Organisation of Women's Liberation in Iran and a former political prisoner.

Maleka Ezati, Oslo Representative of the International Campaign in Defence of Women's Rights in Iran.

Bahram Soroush, refugee and women rights activist.

For further information please contact WPI’s Press Office.
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