The unveiling ceremony of the English translation of the book “The Rights of Refugees” authored by Shirin Ebadi, was held on 22 February, 2009 at the Norwegian Embassy in Tehran. Guests at this ceremony included the representative of the High Commissioner on Refugees in Iran, several Foreign Ambassadors serving in Iran, Iranian authors, Iranian activists involved in the fields of refugee rights and human rights, the UN Represenatitive in Iran and Erika Feller Assistant, High Commissioner for Refugees. The Ceremony was dedicated to an introduction on the book and Ms. Ebadi’s activities.
During the Ceremony, it was announced that the proceeds from this book will be spent on providing assistance to refugee children. At the ceremony, Ms. Shirin Ebadi also thanked the UN High Commissioner on Refugees, the Iranian Publisher of the book “Ganje Danesh” and Banafshe Keynoush the translator of the book. Shirin Ebadi explained that she hoped that the publication of this book will serve as a small step in improving the lives of refugees in Iran. She also expressed hope that “the situation of the world develops in such a way to allow all citizens to live in their own countries so that we no longer have to witness situations which force citizens to leave their countries.”
Ms. Ebadi also explained that she views “the support of international organizations in translating Farsi publication into other modern languages as a step in helping the cause of Iranian writers, so that they can introduce their works to the world.” She further expressed hope that with the continuation of such efforts at translations, Iranians would be able to introduce the works of Iranian poets, writers and researchers to the world.
The “Rights of Refugees” by Shirin Ebadi, has been printed twice in Farsi by “Ganje Danesh” publishers in Iran and includes information on the Iranian law as it relates to refugees. This book received praise from the office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, and was subsequently translated into English. The English text was published in England.