Malala wins UN Human Rights Prize 2013
Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived bullet-injury inflicted by the Taliban for championing girls’ education has won the UN Human Rights Prize 2013.
The winners of the prestigious United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights for 2013 are –
- Ms. Malala Yousafzai (student activist), Pakistan
- Mr. Biram Dah Abeid (campaigner against slavery) from Mauritania
- Ms. Hiljmnijeta Apuk (human rights activist and campaigner for rights of people with disproportional restricted growth – short stature) from Kosovo
- Ms. Liisa Kauppinen of Finland – President emeritus of the World Federation of the Deaf
- Ms. Khadija Ryadi – former President of the Morocco Association for Human Rights
- Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice – the Constitutional Court
The twentieth anniversary of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action are also organized with the Award Ceremony which would take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Human Rights Day (December 10).
What is the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights?
- An honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights in every five years.
- The Laureates who won this award later are – Amnesty International, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Eleanor Roosevelt.
- The Prize not only gives public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also sends a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all.