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#MALALA: Pakistani teenage activist awarded UN Human Rights Prize

Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the 2013 UN Human Rights Prize, an honour handed out every five years and previously awarded to the likes of Nelson Mandela and former US President Jimmy Carter.

It's the latest honoured to be bestowed on the teenager who was shot and badly wounded by the Pakistani Taliban in October 2012. 

In October Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also to send 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," the Office of the high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) said in a statement.

Malala will share the prize with five others, including the son of freed Mauritanian slaves, president of the World Federation of the Deaf and the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on Human Rights Day, 10 December.



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