Pakistan's Malala wins EU's Sakharov rights prize
STRASBOURG (AFP) - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan's teenage activist, on Thursday was awarded the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
"Today, we decided to let the world know that our hope for a better future stands in young people like Malala Yousafzai," said the chairman of the conservative European People's Party (EPP).
Three jailed Belarussian dissidents and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden had also been short-listed for the Parliament's Sakharov prize.
The three Belarussians, Ales Belyatsky, Eduard Lobau and Mykola Statkevich, were jailed after mass protests in Minsk in December 2010 against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.