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Malala receives top Amnesty award


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Malala Yousufzai. — File photo
Malala Yousufzai. — File photo

LONDON: 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 Taliban 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.

“Harry and Malala are truly Ambassadors of Conscience, speaking up for universal rights, justice and human dignity and inspiring others to follow their example.

”Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus last October, an attack that drew worldwide condemnation.

She was flown to Britain for surgery for her head injuries and returned to school in Birmingham in March.

The 16-year-old said she was “truly honoured” to receive the award.

“I would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that there are many millions of children like me across the world who fight every single day for their right to go to school,” she added.

“I hope that by working together we will one day realise our dream of education for every child, in every corner of the world.”

Emmy award winner Belafonte paid tribute to his co-winner.

“I am especially honoured to receive the Ambassador of Conscience Award because I am having the distinction of sharing this with Malala Yousafzai, a true hero of our time,” he said.

“My admiration for her is unending. She has awakened many in the global family to a commitment in struggle against tyranny. For all this I remain eternally grateful.”

Comments (33) Closed

joker Sep 17, 2013 10:20am

Is there an end to this Malala DRAMA?

Ifti Sep 17, 2013 12:17pm

@joker: You sound like your name. Would you rather hear atrocities of Taliban, Mujahaideen news emanating from Pakistan all day long. Lets celeberate the spirit of Malala. Does anyone remember Dr. Abdus Salam the nobel laureate... shame on Pakistan

Bobby -Wuxi China Sep 17, 2013 12:14pm

Enough with Malala's stories. Please move on with your life folks. Do something for change how long would you all play the pity game??

Rehan uddin Sep 17, 2013 12:47pm


Doesn't seem like it .... !!!!...

Anum Hafeez Sep 17, 2013 01:16pm

Why has started feeling like too much of a fairy tale ending for Malala ! why has a little part of many of us have started believing in the conspiracy theories against Malala

Khalid Sep 17, 2013 01:34pm

@joker: You really sound like a joker. As someone smart once said, "if you don't say anything no one would know how ignorant you are".

hawk Sep 17, 2013 02:02pm

@Anum Hafeez: agree !

u know she is fighting for her education in 'Birmingham'... come on !

many more truly deserving never got recognition throughout their whole lives. she was shot, its miserable, and the culprits should be hanged. but come on what about many other more deserving than her. she has left this country, but many more are living with realities over here !!

she can inspire many in the west may be because the have very few victims to celebrate. but here we have more depressing stories than hers. go malala and family, live and stay in Birmingham.

Khalid Sep 17, 2013 02:38pm

@joker: One more thing. If it was your little sister who couldn't speak with a straight mouth for the rest of your life, would you be saying the same thing?. Before commenting on someone else's little girl, please use some sense, have some compassion and think about what she and her parents have gone thorough.

AHA Sep 17, 2013 03:17pm

@joker: We sure do not like what we see in the mirror.

raö Sep 17, 2013 04:36pm

Dr. Salam and Malala both are our national hero, we are proud of them, although there may or may not be some conspiracy theories.

azmat khan Sep 17, 2013 04:40pm

Malala congratsYou are our pride.You will become greater in coming years

zafarov Sep 17, 2013 04:57pm

@joker: Malala in all probability will win the Nobel Peace Prize and continue striving for her noble cause. Decent, humane, enlightened people all over the world will continue to cherish and honour her. And deservedly so. You misanthropes eat your heart out.

muhammad Sep 17, 2013 05:25pm

Malala is the real pride of beleaguered Pakistani nation

muhammad Sep 17, 2013 05:25pm

@hawk: What have you done for those poor families do not blame your failure / cowardice on other nations who are helping others

muhammad Sep 17, 2013 05:37pm

@Anum Hafeez: It is better to do something for the deprived people rather criticising others or merely pointing fingers towards others

muhammad Sep 17, 2013 05:45pm

@Bobby -Wuxi China: Malala story is not a simple story it has become a symbol of courage and resilience and will keep on resonant till people like you keep supporting the force of darkness

Khalid Sep 17, 2013 06:02pm

@hawk: Sounds like you would have been happier if she died or was nobody in Pakistan!. How strange. I don't really understand your logic (if there is any) and I certainly don't understand the tone of jealousy!!.

Khalid Sep 17, 2013 05:59pm

@hawk: Sounds like you would have been happier if she died or was nobody in Pakistan!. How strange. I don't really understand your logic (if there is any) and I certainly don't understand the tone of jealousy!!.

US CENTCOM Sep 17, 2013 06:13pm

We congratulate Malala on receiving this award. She is an inspiration to everyone around the world. She continues to make the nation of Pakistan proud. We wish her best of luck.

Ali Khan

Rashid Sep 17, 2013 06:39pm

@Conspiracy Theorists and the rest. You know the difference between us, the unfortunate ones who suffered due to terrorism (no amount of sympathies can makeup for their losses), and Malala? She stood up for her rights, in the middle of the battleground.

Lakhkar Khan, Pekhawar the gulu khar Sep 17, 2013 06:47pm

Joker is living up to his name. Keep it up, clown.

a Sep 17, 2013 07:24pm

I am getting pretty tired of people showering this girl with medals and honors all the time, just because it helps them show their enemy in a bad light. The case of Malala also portrays that 'every' girl in Pakistan goes through what she has gone through. Enough is enough. Stop portraying a bad image of Pakistan amongst the rest of the countries. There are MANY cities and villages in Pakistan where women are free to get education and work just like their male counterparts.

bilal Sep 17, 2013 07:48pm

malala should simply go back to pakistan instead of making speeches and getting awards for simply not doing anything !! i mean come on, what's the point of talking when there are no actions being taken !!!...if u love your country and you people that much, then she should go back !!!...would she make these speeches if she was in pakistan? i hardly think she would !!

ali Sep 17, 2013 08:35pm

@hawk: it is the west, not Pakistan, to honour such heroes..heroes are insulted, threatened and killed in Pakistan..if someone wants to write truth, he or she has to reach the west..

Padhai Karo Sep 18, 2013 12:15am

The award, which recognises

Padhai Karo Sep 18, 2013 12:12am

well done

Padhai Karo Sep 18, 2013 12:17am

malala wants to be a Doctor

Sonal Sep 18, 2013 12:29am

So, I ask again, why do you guys hate Malala? :)

Bobby-Wuxi China Sep 18, 2013 02:32am


shami Sep 18, 2013 04:29am

I know she was shot, i have all the sympathies for her BUT i am getting little sick of hearing about her all the time. I think West is using her to draw attention to them.

KHK Sep 18, 2013 05:13am

@hawk: You said it.

khan Sep 18, 2013 07:28am

We are proud of you Malala. Keep up the good work.

trouble8696 Sep 18, 2013 12:23pm

Why the other girls that were with Malala not given an appropriate coverage by media. They were also injured. There are lots of questions that must be answered by our politicians and media.

just a question?