Malala Wins Top EU Human Rights Award

Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Skyi among previous winners
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 10, 2013 4:23 AM CDT
In this file photo taken Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, Malala Yousafzai listens as Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust introduces her to reporters at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo/Jessica Rinaldi, File)

(Newser) – European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year. The European Parliament announced today that 16-year-old Malala, who has also been mentioned as a possible recipient of tomorrow's Nobel peace prize, won the $65,000 Sakharov Award. US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and a group of imprisoned Belarus dissidents were also in the running. The prize is considered Europe's top rights award; previous winners include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. (Read more Malala Yousafzai stories.)

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