Alternative Nobels honour Afghan burka opponent
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Afghan human rights activist, ex-minister and burka opponent Sima Samar on Thursday won the Swedish Right Livelihood Award honouring those who work to improve the lives of others.
Dr Samar, 55, was honoured "for her longstanding and courageous dedication to human rights, especially the rights of women, in one of the most complex and dangerous regions in the world," the jury said in a statement.
A medical doctor by training, Dr Samar fled to Pakistan in 1984 when her husband disappeared following his arrest by Afghanistan's communist regime.
She returned in 2001 to become her country's first minister of women's affairs, but had to resign after just six months after she criticised sharia law in an interview in Canada.