Shirin Ebadi’s challenge

The Guardian reports, ‘The Nobel peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the head of Iran’s judiciary to step down after a string of hunger strikes by political prisoners. Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani is also facing mounting pressure from the government of Hassan Rouhani, which is demanding greater financial transparency. Larijani was appointed by the supreme leader [Ayatollah Alli Khamenei], cannot be summoned by MPs for questioning and is not directly accountable to the public. Under his watch the judiciary has made a number of high-profile arrests of dual nationals that are seen as undermining the president Rouhani’s advances on foreign policy. Ebadi, a human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist living in exile in the UK, said she considered Larijani to be “directly responsible for the injustices and corruption” in the system. She said that “in the name of religion and with the excuse of national security”, the judiciary was “overseeing a miscarriage of justice”.’ click here