TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) - Iran's Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, long a thorn in the side of the clerical regime in Tehran, said she had received death threats from an extremist group.
"You have been warned several times about your declarations but despite that you are continuing with your actions," the group said in a fax sent to AFP by Ebadi, an outspoken human rights lawyer.
"We are warning you for the last time, if you continue you will pay for committing treason against your country and Islam," said the letter, signed by "The Association Hostile to Apostate Bahais."
Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2003 for her work promoting women's and children's rights in Iran, said she has been on the receiving end of a number of death threats over the past few years.
The monotheist Bahai faith was founded in Iran in the 19th century but its practice is now barred in the Shiite Muslim nation.
Imagino que esta não é a primeira vez que Shirin Ebadi é ameaçado por algum grupo radical. Para mim a surpresa é um grupo desses intitular-se como "Associação Hostil aos Apóstatas Bahais".
Notícia Original (divulgada pela AFP)
Shirin Ebadi: A collection of newspaper articles (Baha'i Library)
Shirin Ebadi: Biography (Academia Nobel)
Direitos Humanos (inclui um texto de Shirin Ebadi)