Edward Snowden, Malala Yousafzai Join Nominees for EU's Top Human Rights Prize

Edward Snowden, Malala Yousafzai Join Nominees for EU's Top Human Rights Prize

The Sakharov Prize, Europe’s top human rights award, has listed the nominees for the 2013 prize of $65,000, and they include NSA leaker Edward Snowden; Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was the victim of an assassination attempt by the Taliban; and the European Parliament.

Malala, 16, is considered the most likely winner because she was nominated by three caucuses; she survived the hit by Islamist gunmen that occurred as she walked home from school. Snowden was nominated by the pro-environment Greens organization.

Other nominees include the Standing Man group, Turkish activists protesting the brutality of Turkish government police; jailed Ethiopian journalists Reeyot Alemu and Eskinder Nega; Ales Belyatsky, Eduard Lobau and Mykola Statkevich, who are political prisoners in Belarus; Vladamir Putin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who languishes in jail; and the CNN Freedom Project, which attempts to raise awareness on human trafficking.

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