Memo to President Obama.
As you are aware, the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 2003 to a Muslim woman has been confiscated by the Iranian government.
(11-27) 04:00 PST Tehran – —
Iranian authorities have confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s medal, the human rights lawyer said Thursday, in a sign of the increasingly drastic steps Tehran is taking against any dissent.
In Norway, where the peace prize is awarded, the government said the confiscation of the gold medal was a shocking first in the history of the 108-year-old prize.
Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts in promoting democracy. She has long faced harassment from Iranian authorities for her activities – including threats against her relatives and a raid on her office last year in which files were confiscated.
As the prize was awarded in recognition of Ms. Ebardi’s work in support of democracy, and as we are the world’s beacon of democracy, why not announce during your acceptance speech that you are gifting your award to this brave Iranian woman?
Surely, the world will see this as you reaching out to Iran. The people of Iran, whose government appears to have been stolen from them this year in a highly contested election.
Even you have acknowledged the award to yourself appears to have been premature. It was given in anticipation of the work you are expected to do.
Why not start with Ms. Ebardi and the Iranian people?