Malala Yousafzai among winners of 2013 UN human rights prize


Malala Yousafzai, a well-known Pakistani student activist, is among the winners of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, it was announced Friday.
The prize, which is bestowed every five years, is an honourary award given to individuals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding achievements in human rights. Previous recipients include Amnesty International and former presidents Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter as well as former Pakistani prime minister Banazir Bhutto.
“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 human rights for all,” a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said.
The six winners announced are: Biram Dah Abeid of Mauritania, a son of freed slaves who works to eradicate the heinous practice; Hiljmnijeta Apuk of Kosovo, a campaigner for the rights of people with disproportional restricted growth (short stature); Liisa Kauppinen of Finland, President emeritus of the World Federation of the Deaf; Khadija Ryadi, Former President of the Morocco Association for Human Rights; Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice (the Constitutional Court); and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who advocates right to education for all children specially girls.
The award ceremony will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on December 10, as part of the annual commemoration of Human Rights Day, which this year will include the observance of the 20th anniversary of the creation of OHCHR and the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.
In her opening remarks, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay underscored the significance of the two documents adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights, held in the Austrian capital in 1993.
The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action crystallised the principle that human rights are universal. It committed States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems,” she stated.
Today, human rights are increasingly permeating all corners of the work of the United Nations, and that is fundamentally changing the way the United Nations works with national authorities and the international community.
“The key now is to implement the laws and standards to make enjoyment of human rights a reality on the ground. Unfortunately, too often, the political will, and the human and financial resources, to achieve this are lacking,” the high commissioner said.
She stressed the need to do better. The Vienna Declaration should be viewed as a blueprint for a magnificent construction that is still only half built. It should be viewed as a living document that can and should continue to guide the commission’s actions and goals.


  1. Congratulation to MALALA,She really deserve it I pray god will give her strength to Take Pakistan for better future

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