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178 Iranian MPs congratulate Shirin Ebadi on receiving Nobel Peace Prize


178 Majlis deputies, in a statement issued in Tehran on Tuesday congratulated the Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, IRNA reported.

The statements lauds Ebadi as a distinguished individual who has strived relentlessly for democracy, human rights and world peace. A member of Majlis presiding Board Mohammad Naeimi-pour read out the statement at the end of Tuesday`s open session.

It lauded the Nobel laureate on her beliefs on lack of contradiction between Islamic teachings and human rights, as well as her views espousing democratic values and defense of the Palestinian struggle.

"The noble selection will bolster peace and democracy worldwide, notably in Iran. "

"Along with many parts of the world, our country has also witnessed a incessant movement for establishment of public and private freedoms," the statement read.

Undoubtedly, the significant number of Iranian men and women have made sacrifices for restoration of ethnic-religious ideals, and human dignity based on Iran`s rich cultural heritage and Islamic tenets, the MPs underlined.

"With over three decade of exemplary activism, Mrs. Ebadi as judge, lawyer and human rights activist, has been defending the rights of people, particularly those of women and children."

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the Majlis women fraction also congratulated Ebadi on receiving the Nobel peace prize and Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi offered his appreciation on the Nobel prize granted to her.

Earlier, Ebadi said on Sunday that all principles and tenets of the sublime religion of Islam serve to promote humanitarian values and human rights.

Talking to IRNA here Sunday, Ebadi, reiterated that Islam is definitely against terrorism and violence, stressing that those advocating such practices were absolutely not Muslims.

Ebadi regretted that certain western states blame the sublime religion of Islam for the acts of a few Muslims, whereas there are many Christians who indulge in murder and terrorist acts, but Muslims never say they do so because of their religion.

Ebadi further rejected the claims that the peace award had been granted to her for political reasons.

"I believe this is not a political matter and I am of the opinion that the world, through this award, has come to recognize the freedom-seeking campaign of Muslim women," said Ebadi. She added, "I have been selected to receive this award just as a Muslim woman," she added.

The Nobel Committee last Friday awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize to Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi. She is the first Muslim woman to receive a Nobel prize.

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