February 28, 2024

“I believe that everything has a price. Freedom and democracy are also precious, and a nation will remain in bondage if it fails to pay the price. The question is what we can do to lower the costs of this price for people. First, the information must be provided correctly and accurately as much as possible. Second, it should be done in a way that won’t hurt ordinary people and third, the offered tactics should be effective. To brainstorm such activities with lower costs we need to be more creative, and this creativity can be different from place to place. For example, when the government used Friday prayers against the people, some consciously participated in the event and as soon as the Friday prayer leader wanted to start his speech, they turned their back to him. The title you could see in the social media about this incident was: ‘Back to the government, face the nation.’ It was a very original and creative way to express opposition. We need to show the people how to be more creative and find more non-violent solutions that can help them demonstrate their dissatisfaction. “
You have worked as a lawyer and a human rights activist in Iran for many years, and you received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for your hard work. A few years after receiving the Nobel Prize, all your belongings, including your home and that of your family, were confiscated as your tax payment for your prize. Your sister was also imprisoned. They threatened your husband and took “confessions” from him. They even seized your Nobel Prize for a while. In your memoir, “Until Freedom,” you described your life during the years since you received the Nobel Prize. In parts of this book, you have described the way the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran has treated you and your family members in the ninth and tenth governments. How do you assess the current situation of human rights activists in Iran as someone who has taken this path already? Has the government’s reaction toward the human rights activists and their families intensified in the last two decades? What advice do you have for human rights activists facing these kinds of problems?