Malala wins EU’s Sakharov rights prize

Malala was shot by Taliban in 2012 for speaking out in favour of girls' education.

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: October 11, 2013 12:08 am

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was Thursday honoured with European Parliament’s top Sakharov human rights award in recognition of her courageous fight for girls’ education,which angered the Taliban who attempted to assassinate her last year.

“The European Parliament acknowledges the incredible strength of this young woman,” said Martin Schulz,president of the EU legislature. “Malala bravely stands for the right of all children to be granted a fair education. This right for girls is far too commonly neglected.”

The prize for free speech is awarded by the European Parliament annually in memory of Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov.

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