Iranian Nobel laureate calls for fresh election under UN
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 12:51
Seoul: Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on Tuesday called for a fresh election under UN surveillance to end violence in her country and urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Tehran.

Ebadi, a lawyer and human rights defender who won the prize in 2003, said Ban must gather first-hand information on human rights conditions before drawing up a United Nations report on Iran due in December.

"In order to have fair election results, there must be a re-election under UN surveillance," she told journalists during her visit to South Korea.

"I plead with the UN Secretary General to come to Iran. He must see what's happening in Iran with his own eyes and talk to Iranians in order to write an accurate and truthful report," she said through an interpreter.

Ebadi denounced Tehran for using violence against citizens who protested at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in a June 12 poll that sparked weeks of unrest.

She urged Tehran to stop using violence against peaceful protesters, halt the "show trials" of political opponents, release detainees, end censorship and compensate victims of government violence.

Many Iranians had begun employing new tactics to continue protests while avoiding arrest, she said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 12:51

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