Parvin Ardalan's sister accepts Olof Palme prize


Darius Kadivar
by Darius Kadivar

Sister of barred Iranian feminist accepts Palme prize

Published: 7 Mar 08 08:05 CET

Iranian feminist Parvin Ardalan's sister accepted a major Swedish rights award, the Olof Palme Prize, on her behalf on Thursday after she was prevented by Tehran from attending the ceremony.

Mikael Näve, a secretary at the Olof Palme Memorial Fund, told AFP that Shirin Ardalan had accepted the prize in the presence of about 150 people.

A figurehead of the Iranian women's movement, Parvin Ardalan, 36, had been due to accept her award in person but Iranian authorities ordered her off a flight preparing to take off from Tehran for Stockholm at the weekend.

Ardalan was honoured for her women's rights campaign in Iran.

She founded a women's cultural centre in the 1990s and in 2005 published the first online newsletter on women's rights in Iran -- "Zanestan".

She was sentenced to three years in jail in April 2007 after being declared a threat to national security for criticizing the state of women's rights in Iran, according to the Swedish fund.

She has appealed the verdict and has yet to serve time in prison.

The award is named after Palme, a popular Swedish prime minister who was gunned down by a lone attacker in February 1986, shortly after leaving a Stockholm cinema.

Created to promote peace and disarmament and combat racism and xenophobia, the prize consists of a diploma and $75,000 dollars.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt criticized the Iranian authorities travel ban imposed on Ardalan.

"The work of Ms Ardalan and her colleagues is of particular importance to the situation of women in Iran. Unfortunately, this is but one of a number of examples showing that respect for human rights in Iran continues to deteriorate," Bildt said in a statement.

His comments came after a deterioration in Swedish-Iranian ties.

A Swedish diplomat was forced to leave Iran in February after Stockholm had asked an Iranian diplomat to leave earlier in the year, the Swedish foreign ministry said on Thursday.




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Ali P.

Ms. Ardalan

by Ali P. on

  Let's not forget she is in the line of fire, unlike most of us here in the comfort and security of the West. The worst we get is an unkind reply to our comment on "" that may hurt our feelings, but she's  risking her life.

Every damn day!


ley's hope

by mrclass on

Ms. Ardalan does not turn out to be a phony and hypocrite like Ebadi.


Human Rights!

by another iranian (not verified) on

Were there any respect for Human Rights before 79???? Oh yes. For Pahlavi cult only...


Human Rights!

by G. Rahmanian (not verified) on

There has NEVER been any respect for human rights in Iran after '79.