Pakistani teen activist 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 Taleban 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.