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  • Published: 3 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473528864
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Until We Are Free

My Fight For Human Rights in Iran

One woman's fight for human rights in the face of political and personal betrayal, by the Nobel Peace Prize winning author of Iran Awakening


In this powerful book, Dr Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equality before the law and freedom of speech, Ebadi became a global voice of inspiration. Yet, inside her own country, her life has been plagued by surveillance, intimidation and violence.

Until We Are Free tells shocking stories of how the Iranian authorities eventually forced her into exile. Her sister and daughter were detained, her husband was enmeshed in an espionage plot with another woman, her Nobel medal was stolen from her safety deposit box, and her offices in Tehran were ransacked.

An illuminating depiction of life in Iran today as well as the account of Ebadi's personal struggle to uphold her work and keep her family together, Until We Are Free is ultimately a work of hope and perseverance under circumstances of exceptional difficulty.

  • Published: 3 March 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473528864
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the author

Shirin Ebadi

Born in 1947, Shirin Ebadi trained in law, obtained a doctorate from Tehran University and served as a judge from March 1969 - the first woman ever to do so in Iran. Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in February 1979 she, and other female judges, were dismissed from their posts and given clerical duties (in Ebadi's case, in the very court she had presided over). She resigned in protest and was, in effect, housebound for many years until finally, in 1992, she succeeded in obtaining a lawyer's license and setting up her own practice. She then represented various high-profile cases of political victims, journalists, child custody cases and others until she was forced to live in exile in London.

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Praise for Until We Are Free

One of the most remarkable resistance heroines of our dangerous times


A force of nature in and out of the courtroom. Shirin Ebadi is a one-woman human-rights machine..formidable


It is Shirin Ebadi's unbending will that explains how she has become the conscience of the Islamic Republic


[Ebadi] has come forward with professional force and unflagging courage, and she has defied any danger to her own safety. She is truly a woman of the people!

OLE DANBOLT MJOS, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Shirin Ebadi writes of exile hauntingly and speaks of Iran, her homeland, as the poets do. Ebadi is unafraid of addressing the personal as well as the political and does both fiercely, with introspection and fire.

FATIMA BHUTTO, author of The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

Ebadi's courage and strength of character are evident throughout this engrossing text, which illuminates the power the few have had over the many, particularly the women and children of Iran. The captivating and candid story of a woman who took on the Iranian government and survived, despite every attempt to make her fail


Fascinating.[shows how] Dr Shirin Ebadi has been affected positively and negatively by her Nobel prize.A must read


Powerful and sometimes shocking.[Ebadi], who is an emblem of her country.has paid a high price




A memoir of daring and human rights activism


Ebadi's honest assessment of her ongoing sacrifices and those of her compatriots

Persis Karim, Ms Magazine

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