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EU worried about 'threats' against Nobel laureate

Associated Press - December 31, 2008 10:53 AM ET

PARIS (AP) - France has summoned the Iranian ambassador for talks to protest pressure on Nobel Peace Prize winner Shahin Ebadi.

A French Foreign Ministry statement says the European Union has "real fears" for Ebadi's safety after a search of her law offices in Tehran and the closure of a human rights group she led. France is president of the European Union until Wednesday ends.

The statement says the Iranian ambassador was summoned Wednesday and that the EU considers "the threats weighing on Madame Ebadi and her colleagues unacceptable."

Ebadi's offices were searched Monday. Her Center for Protecting Human Rights was closed down last week.

Ebadi, a human rights campaigner, won the Nobel prize for promoting women's and children's rights.

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