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Malala, Belfonte Share Top Amnesty International Honour

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

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Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner and American singer, human rights and social activist Harry

Belafonte have been named as joint recipients of Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2013.

The Ambassador of Conscience Award is the human rights group's highest honour, recognizing people who have enhanced the cause of human rights through their work. The award will be presented in Ireland, as per Amnesty International.

Malala Yousafzai, 16, is an advocate for equal access to education. After she wrote a diary for the BBC in 2009 describing her frustrations over the Taliban edict to close all girls' schools in Pakistan, she was severely wounded in an attack in 2012 by the Taliban.

Harry Belafonte, the co-recipient, has dedicated his life to humanitarian causes, ranging from civil rights movement to the plight of children amidst Syrian conflict. An Emmy winner musician and entertainer, Harry Belafonte has acted on what he describes as his"obligation to do more than just entertain".

Among earlier recipients are the late Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.


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