Iran / Simin Behbahani
Paris, March 8, 2010
France deplores the Iranian authorities’ decision to prevent Simin Behbahani, a major figure in contemporary Persian poetry, from leaving Iran just as she was about to travel to France at the invitation of Paris City Hall to take part in International Women’s Day.
Our country was delighted to welcome Simin Behbahani, whose commitment to the cause of women and freedom inspires admiration and earned her the 2009 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom.
Her courage echoes that of the many Iranians who, despite the crackdown, are continuing their non-violent struggle to exercise their fundamental rights. France pays tribute to their courage and determination.