Malala receives top Amnesty award

LONDON (AFP) – Rights group Amnesty International announced on Tuesday it had awarded its highest honour to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot in the head last year by the Taliban for campaigning for girls  education.

Malala will share the 2013 Ambassador of Conscience Award with American singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, the London-based NGO revealed.

The award, which recognises “individuals who have promoted and enhanced the cause of human rights through their life and by example,” will be presented by Irish rock singer Bono at a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday.

“Our two new Ambassadors of Conscience are different from each other in many ways, but they share a dedication to the fight for human rights everywhere and for all,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

“Harry and Malala are truly Ambassadors of Conscience, speaking up for universal rights, justice and human dignity and inspiring others to follow their example.”

Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus last October, an attack that drew worldwide condemnation.

She was flown to Britain for surgery for her head injuries and returned to school in Birmingham in March.


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3 replies

  1. There are countless women who are promoting education in Pakistan, but they don’t promote via BBC, or any other foreign channels—There has never been an incident of violence by any, leave alone the Taliban’s, on any of these women from Pakistan—What is so special about this Malala, that she has been honoured with peace prize, and nominated for Noble?—Yes of course she needs to come back to Pakistan, or how else will she spread mischief about Taliban’s sitting in Britain—

    At age 11 Malala began writing, under a pseudonym, for the BBC. Did the BBC encourage Malala, knowing she was only 11? If that is the case, what an irresponsible, unethical act!! I am sure the BBC feels somewhat remorseful that this story ended the way it did, and they are the ones who are paying for Malala’s treatment in England. I wonder if Malala’s parents were aware of their daughter’s blog. The Taliban extremists are against any Western ideas that encourage women to reach their potential. This attitude exists all over the world, not just in the Middle East. It’s not an attitude readily palpable, but if you scratch the surface, the idea of women being subservient objects exists even in so-called “civilized” societies. Americans shoot little girls and boys and babies also and yes, the ones doing so are ALL evil whether they are Taliban or American.

    Reading all the other Malala stories, there was a strong sense that people were stereotyping all Pakistanis, and all Pakistani men, by the Taliban. They conveniently forgot that millions of Pakistani girls are attending schools, and that’s because their parents, fathers included, want them to have an education.

    Questionable! How do we know the truth?

    “in support of Malala, to stand up for what Malala stood; education.
    It was the right thing to do”.
    Of course it is the right thing to stand up against such terrorism act.

    Oh yah? She stood only for education? Then how come all the
    other student girls are not killed? This is a lame reason put forward.

    She was the only girl shot on the Bus full of girls by the masked terrorists.
    Pakistan is full of Girls Schools but not killed.
    In this corrupted world full of lies and deceits we cannot trust anything
    that is put in front of us without the full evidence.
    Let us not jump on the band wagon.

    No doubt it is one of the greatest tragedies, whether it is done by the
    Talibans or others the enemies of Islam..

    Consequently, I like to get some evidence from the Media to prove
    it was done by the Muslims-Talibans.
    Allahu Aalam. The truth will come out one day Insha’Allah and
    HE will punish whoever the culprits are.
    The lies cannot last for long.
    London School of Islamics Trust

    • Mr. Yousafzai you have had a fair warning to be decent in terms of your comments. You continue to have problems in spelling Pakistan and pakistanis properly. This time I have deleted part of your comment. Next time if you fail to observe normal decency of commenting your comment will be fully deleted.

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