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Malala, Snowden named for EU's Sakharov human rights prize

Published on Sep 17, 2013 5:35 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taleban for championing girls' education, and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden have been nominated for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

Malala, who has become emblematic of the fight against the most radical forms of Islamism, is backed by the three main political groups in Parliament, making her a favourite for the award.

Snowden, the US contractor who revealed widespread spying by the United States on friends and foes alike and who has sought asylum in Russia, has been nominated by the Greens and a far left group.

A Parliament statement on Tuesday also named the Standing Man group, activists behind the Taksim Square protests in Istanbul in June that upset the accepted view that Turkey was on the smooth path to lasting political stability.

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