Report by Radio Zamaneh
Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf won the Lifetime Achievement Award at Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival today. Makhmalbaf dedicated his award to Mehdi Karroubi, the disputing candidate of Iran's June presidential elections.
Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival is an
independent biennial festival which takes place in October after the Nuremberg
International Human Rights Award has been awarded.
While receiving his award, Mr. Makhmalbaf declared: "The giving and receiving of awards in today's world must become an act of democratic struggle. I dedicate my prize to the great man who bravely revealed the rape of detainees in Iranian prisons."
He added: "Many Iranians have proposed him as a candidate for next year's Nobel Peace Prize. In a society that oppression governs through creating fear, he pushes back the borders of fear."
He went on to say: "Over thirty years ago, I was tortured in the Shah's prisons along with him (Mehdi Karroubi). Even then he was as courageous as he is today. In the past 30 years, in every position he has held, he has defended human rights and every prisoner and victim of oppression has a memory of his support. He is far more deserving of this prize than I am."
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