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BYU to air broadcast by Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist on April 18

The David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University will host a live broadcast from the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah of a lecture by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi on Friday, April 18, at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Her topic will be "Human Rights: The Struggle for Iran." Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, who was the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her significant and pioneering efforts in democracy and human rights, especially for the rights of women and children.

In her research, and as an activist, she is known for promoting peaceful, democratic solutions to serious problems in society, including refugee rights.

She takes an active part in the public debate and is well known and admired by the general public in her country for legally defending victims of the conservative faction’s attack on freedom of speech and political freedom.

In 2006, Random House published her memoir, Iran Awakening, with the young Iranian-American co-author Azadeh Moaveni. Also author of a number of academic books and articles focused on human rights, Ebadi has had several books translated into English, including The Rights of the Child: A Study of Legal Aspects of Children's Rights in Iran, published with support from UNICEF, and History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran.

She is the founder and leader of the Association for Support of Children's Rights in Iran.

For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at kennedy.byu.edu.

Writer: Lee Simons

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