Première musulmane à obtenir le prix Nobel de la paix en 2003, Shirin Ebadi, raconte son combat contre la République islamique iranienne, décidée à la réduire au silence, elle et ses proches.Dès l'accession au pouvoir de Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, en 2005, les événements s'accélèrent : téléphone mis sur écoute, agents secrets la suivant, proches harcelés, voire condamnés, comme sa soeur arrêtée pour des motifs inventés de toute pièce... Shirin Ebadi aurait pu croire qu'il s'agissait là d'un roman d'espionnage. C'était sa vie.Quand, un jour de 2009, elle réalise que le gouvernement est prêt à tout pour lui prendre ce qu'elle a de plus cher, son mariage, ses amis, ses collègues, jusqu'à son prix Nobel, elle choisit l'exil.Ne lui reste alors que ce dont elle s'est toujours servi avec audace : sa liberté d'expression et ses convictions. Un seul mot d'ordre : continuer coûte que coûte le combat pour que les droits de l'Homme soient enfin respectés en Iran. Ce témoignage est l'histoire de ce combat.
In this remarkable book, Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, tells her extraordinary life story.Dr Ebadi is a tireless voice for reform in her native Iran, where she argues for a new interpretation of Sharia law in harmony with vital human rights such as democracy, equality before the law, religious freedom and freedom of speech. She is known for defending dissident figures, and for the establishment of a number of non-profit grassroots organisations dedicated to human rights. In 2003 she became the first Muslim woman, and the first Iranian, to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.She chronicles her childhood and upbringing before the Iranian Revolution, her education and student years at the University of Tehran, her marriage and its challenges, her religious faith, and her life as a mother and as an advocate for the oppressed. As a human rights campaigner, in particular for women, children and political prisoners in Iran, her autobiography is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the life story and beliefs of a courageous and unusual woman, as well as those interested in current events (especially those of the Middle East), and those who want to know the truth about the position of women in a Muslim society.
The first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi has inspired millions around the globe through her work as a human rights lawyer defending women and children against a brutal regime in Iran. Now Ebadi tells her story of courage and defiance in the face of a government out to destroy her, her family, and her mission: to bring justice to the people and the country she loves.
For years the Islamic Republic tried to intimidate Ebadi, but after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rose to power in 2005, the censorship and persecution intensified. The government wiretapped Ebadi’s phones, bugged her law firm, sent spies to follow her, harassed her colleagues, detained her daughter, and arrested her sister on trumped-up charges. It shut down her lectures, fired up mobs to attack her home, seized her offices, and nailed a death threat to her front door. Despite finding herself living under circumstances reminiscent of a spy novel, nothing could keep Ebadi from speaking out and standing up for human dignity.
But it was not until she received a phone call from her distraught husband--and he made a shocking confession that would all but destroy her family--that she realized what the intelligence apparatus was capable of to silence its critics. The Iranian government would end up taking everything from Shirin Ebadi--her marriage, friends, and colleagues, her home, her legal career, even her Nobel Prize--but the one thing it could never steal was her spirit to fight for justice and a better future. This is the amazing, at times harrowing, simply astonishing story of a woman who would never give up, no matter the risks. Just as her words and deeds have inspired a nation, Until We Are Free will inspire you to find the courage to stand up for your beliefs.
Praise for Until We Are Free
“Ebadi recounts the cycle of sinister assaults she faced after she won the Nobel Prize in 2003. Her new memoir, written as a novel-like narrative, captures the precariousness of her situation and her determination to ‘stand firm.’”--The Washington Post
“Powerful . . . Although [Ebadi’s] memoir underscores that a slow change will have to come from within Iran, it is also proof of the stunning effects of her nonviolent struggle on behalf of those who bravely, and at a very high cost, keep pushing for the most basic rights.”--The New York Times Book Review
“Shirin Ebadi is quite simply the most vital voice for freedom and human rights in Iran.”--Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot
“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
“I would encourage all to read Dr. Shirin Ebadi’s memoir and to understand how her struggle for human rights continued after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. It is also fascinating to see how she has been affected positively and negatively by her Nobel Prize. This is a must read for all.”--Desmond Tutu
“A revealing portrait of the state of political oppression in Iran . . . [Ebadi] is an inspiring figure, and her suspenseful, evocative story is unforgettable.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Ebadi’s courage and strength of character are evident throughout this engrossing text.”--Kirkus Reviews
From the Hardcover edition.
'POWERFUL AND SOMETIMES SHOCKING ...' SUNDAY TIMES 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.
Amies, Shirin et Pari voient leurs vies bouleversées par l'avènement de la République islamique, en 1979.Le destin de Pari et de ses trois frères, qui ont choisi des engagements opposés, est la trame de ce récit romanesque. Abas, général de l'armée du Shah, a été contraint de fuir aux États-Unis à la chute du régime ; Javad est un activiste communiste ; Ali, héros de la guerre contre l'Irak, est, pour sa part, un admirateur de l'ayatollah Khomeiny. Tous trois vont mourir...Ce récit, où le drame et le quotidien s'entremêlent, est une parabole de la société iranienne contemporaine, d'une extrême diversité. Une cage dorée dont le lustre est terni par la violence, la corruption et l'intolérance.