Nobel Summit: Ebadi apologises for atrocities in Yemen

Shirin Ebadi was speaking at the 14th World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Rome.

Iranian born Dr Shirin Ebadi says Iranian government has to listen to the people & end violence. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

ROME, Italy - Iranian born Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has apologised for Iran's gross human rights violations in Syria and Yemen.

Ebadi who now lives in London won the Nobel Peace Prize 11 years ago for her human rights campaigns in Iran.

She was speaking at the 14th World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Rome earlier today.

It was an emotional moment on the podium when Ebadi stood up to hug Yemen's Tawakkol Karman.

Ebadi shed a tear as she apologised for the atrocities by the Iranian government in Yemen and Syria.

"I am very sorry and embarrassed. Tawakkol is telling the truth, I wish she wasn't."

Ebadi has appealed to the Iranian government to listen to its people and adopt Nelson Mandela's style of spreading peace.