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Iranian Noble laureate calls on western countries not to humiliate immigrants

Brussels, March 10, IRNA -- The Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi denied that democracy was incompatible with Islam, when she addressed Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday evening.

In an appearance before the EP's Foreign Affairs Committee, she said that the establishment of democracy was the only way for the Middle East to overcome its problems, according to an EP press release received by IRNA Thursday afternoon.

She stressed that democracy was a single concept and rejected notions such as "western democracy" or "Islamic democracy".

Ebadi rejected US threats of an attack on Iran and said that democracy cannot be promoted by the force of arms.

Ebadi said there are two major reasons why the Middle East has been engulfed in chaos and rebellion: a lack of democracy and the presence of rich natural resources.

She explained that dictatorships and despotism in Middle East countries made the populations unable or unwilling to resist colonialist and hegemonic powers which target such countries for their oil.

She referred to the current situation in Iraq and to the overthrow by the US of Iranian prime minister Mossadeq in the 1950s.

In reply to questions by MEPs, Ebadi said that second or third generation immigrants in western countries were less willing to put up with humiliation than their fathers, who still remembered the situation in their countries of origin.

Younger immigrants have become disenchanted with the societies in which they have grown up but which rejects them as different and they thus become easy targets for terrorists.

She therefore called on western countries not to humiliate immigrants and not to oppress them.

... Payvand News - 3/11/05 ... --

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