Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
When a person is humiliated, when his rights are being violated, and he does not have the proper education, naturally he gravitates toward terrorism.
The younger generation is essentially idealistic. This applies to the Iranian youth as well. In addition, the youth in Iran face certain difficulties... the Iranian youth need more freedom. They are struggling for more freedom and democracy. This commands great respect.
I maintain that nothing useful and lasting can emerge from violence.
Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture, but they are also its carriers. Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised in the confines of his mother's home.
Democracy doesn't recognize east or west; democracy is simply people's will. Therefore, I do not acknowledge that there are various models of democracy; there is just democracy itself.
The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.
The condition of women in Islamic societies as a whole is also far from desirable. However, we should acknowledge that there are differences. In certain countries, the conditions are much better and in others much worse.
How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear.
Lawyers should not be charged with the same crimes as their clients. Trials related to political charges are not in accordance with human rights.
Usually, in any revolution people are focused on who wants to have the most power. But the most important thing is the laws that are written during that time.
We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure.
Because of our youthful population, we suffer from unemployment in Iran. We need more universities and more job opportunities for the young.
Lawyers have a dangerous job in Iran.
My aim is to show that those governments that violate the rights of people by invoking the name of Islam have been misusing Islam.
No American soldier should be allowed to set foot on Iranian soil, regardless of the criticism we have of the Iranian government.
We shouldn't just consider the desire of government to do what it wants to do. We should always consider the resistance of people. The culture of Iranian people doesn't let the government drag people into deep trouble or backlash. Maybe government wants it, but the culture doesn't let it go on.
I hope the example of Saddam Hussein will give a lesson to leaders of other countries where human rights are not respected.
Sadly the job security of lawyers has been ruined, so they are less willing to defend political defendants.
The Iranian government intends to use the nuclear program for peaceful purposes, but must convince international public opinion of that.