(BRUSSELS) — Seven individuals, ranging from a young educational activist to a notable whistleblower, were nominated for the 2013 Sakharov Prize on Monday.
Despite disproval in Washington, fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden was nominated for his service of disclosing secret U.S. Internet and telephone surveillance programs.
Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for promoting women’s rights, is also a recipient for the human rights award. Her list of achievements includes opening a library, speaking at the United Nations, and penning a book.
The Sakjarov Prize, established in December 1988, is awarded to organizations and individuals alike that represent the ideals of freedom and human rights.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN