Completed: April 2018
Title: Until We Are Free: My Fight For Human Rights In Iran
Author: Shirin Ebadi
Published: 2016. Pages: 304.
“Dr Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equality before the law and freedom of speech, Ebadi became a global voice of inspiration.
Yet, inside her own country, her life has been plagued by surveillance, intimidation and violence.
Until We Are Free tells shocking stories of how the Iranian authorities eventually forced her into exile. Her sister and daughter were detained, her husband was enmeshed in an espionage plot with another woman, her Nobel medal was stolen from her safety deposit box, and her offices in Tehran were ransacked.”
Ebadi’s entire life has been dedicated to trying to improve the lot of her people and her beloved homeland. ‘Until We Are Free’ follows her through the latter stages of her career where, being removed as a Judge because of her gender and unwilling to play along with the corruption she needed to navigate as a lawyer, Ebadi reforms her career to again become a voice for those who have none.
For her refusal to be silent against the treatment of her people by the current regime, Ebadi and her family are persecuted, with imprisonment and torture a reality rather than an empty threat. A strong and determined woman who never gives in – and a great writer.
A must read for anyone interested in learning about life inside Iran and the impact that the various wars and changes of government has had on it’s people and their Human Rights.
Other Recommendations for 320 Political Science
- On Liberty – Shami Chakrabarti (323.440941)