Monday, January 19, 2015

Nasrin Sotoudeh نسرین ستوده

From her Facebook page,

Violent acts of anger and prejudice have once again claimed the lives of members of the press in France. Those who claim to defend specific religious must know that no religion recommends such unabated violence. 
While expressing my condolences to the families of the victims and all citizens of France who are mourning this tragedy, I am grateful to the French government and nation who are not using the excuse of establishing order and security to take away their other citzens' liberties. 
I sincerely thank you for using civil acts to protect your democracy. Perhaps your actions would teach the rest of us how to overcome the impediments to democracy and freedom of expression with patience and perseverance. Our modern history is, unfortunately, sullied with religious fanaticism. We must learn to put a distance between ourselves and these destructive prejudices and teach the next generation to deal with the prejudices of their own times. 
Nasrin Sotoudeh
January 2015

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