Malala wins EU's right prize, angering Taliban
11 October, 2013
STRASBOURG: Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, won the EU's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize Thursday.
To thunderous applause announcing the European Parliament prize, the assembly's president, Martin Schulz said "Malala bravely stands for the right of all children to be granted a fair education. This right for girls is far too commonly neglected."
The parliament's vote for Malala from a shortlist of three nominees "acknowledges the incredible strength of this young woman," Schulz added. The 16-year-old was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban on October 9 last year for speaking out against them and has gone on to become a global ambassador for the right of all children to go to school.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) immediately vowed a fresh attempt on her life "even in America or the UK." "She has done nothing," TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP. "She is getting awards because she is working against Islam."
She was taken to Britain for treatment in the wake of last year's attack and now goes to school in the central city of Birmingham. Feted by world leaders and celebrities for her courage, she has addressed the UN, this week published an autobiography, and could become the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate today (Friday).