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Iran: Human Rights activists protest to government heads after allegations made against defense lawyer Shirin Ebadi

The Center Advocating Human Rights on Sunday forwarded a letter to heads of three branches of government, expressing concern about "surprising allegations" being made by certain conservative papers against human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

Mrs. Ebadi has undertaken to work as defense lawyer of journalist Akbar Ganji and conservative papers alleged that Ganji has been encouraged by his lawyer to go on hunger strike.

Ganji and his wife dismissed the allegation and Mrs. Ebadi said that she did not encourage Ganji to put his life at risk with abstaining food.

Ganji's hunger strike entered the second month. He collapsed last week and was taken to hospital. Prison doctor described Ganji's health as "very critical".

Akbar Ganji

The Center Advocating Human Rights drew attention of President Mohammad Khatami, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi and Majlis Speaker Gholamali Haddad-Adel to look into matter and stop a new crisis to be created by the conservative papers.

The Center Advocating Human Rights said that the body is not satisfied with the way Ganji's case is currently being handled by the Judiciary.

Mrs. Ebadi told reporters on Sunday she reserves the right to file suit with court of justice against conservative papers incriminating her.

"It is not appropriate for the time being to file suit against papers making baseless allegations against me. I deserve the right to do so in future," she said.

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