EU awards Sakharov human rights prize to Malala Yousafzai
The 16-year-old has been living in Birmingham since being shot on a school bus in Pakistan
The EU has handed Malala Yousafzai its annual human rights award, in recognition of her battle for girls' education in in her native Pakistan.
The 16-year-old has come to global attention, campaigning for female education in the country, in the face of violent fundamentalism. Her efforts led to her being shot in the head on a school bus a year ago.
Malala and her family have been living in Birmingham since then, and she addressed the UN in New York on her 16th birthday. This week, her book, I am Malala, was published simultaneously in 21 countries, including Pakistan.
The Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought has been awarded by the European Parliament each year since 1988 to commemorate Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov. The €50,000 (£42,000) prize is considered Europe's top human rights award, with past winners including Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.
It is, according to the prize's website, "intended to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression."
The winner is chosen by a vote among the heads of all the political groups in the 750-member parliament.
Malala beat off competition from fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, nominated by the parliament's Green group for what it called his "enormous service" to human rights and European citizens.
Last month she was honoured as Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year, and she is among the favourites for the Nobel Peace Prize, whose winner will be announced tomorrow.
- 1 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
- 5 Dutch paedophile club to fight their ban at the European Court of Human Rights
Lana Del Rey: 'I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry'
Peaches Geldof cause of death: 'Heroin addict' socialite had taken fatal dose of drug, inquest concludes
Peaches Geldof inquest: Tragic final moments of socialite's life reveal she lied to husband about failed heroin tests
Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Was a Russian-made missile really parked in this quiet square?
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
£49000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client is...
£48000 - £54000 per annum + Benefits package: Progressive Recruitment: My clie...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: If you're pa...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP Business...