E.U. Nominates Malala, Snowden for Top Human Rights Prize

They Are Among Seven Nominees For Coveted Sakharov Prize

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The European Parliament has selected Malala Yousafzai and Edward Snowden as finalists for the Sakharov prize, one of Europe’s top human rights awards, the AP reports. 

Malala, the 16-year old Pakistani schoolgirl who last year survived a gunshot to the head fired by a Taliban assassin, was nominated by three joint caucuses and is considered likely to win the award.

Snowden, the former NSA operative who leaked thousands of documents revealing information about U.S. government surveillance programs, was nominated by a smaller environmental group.

The Sakharov is considered one of Europe’s most prestigious awards, and the winner will take home 50,000 euros (around $65,000). Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela, both former Nobel Peace Prize laureates, are former Sakharov winners.

[AP]

100 comments
Yvaine Liu
Yvaine Liu

EW has some characters of heroism, but he's made too much trouble.

Muntashir Akon
Muntashir Akon

There are many other girls who are still fighting for the same thing that malala did. Have they ever get any prizes for it or at least opportunity to read in a school in london?

Gaurav Saxena
Gaurav Saxena

Snowden is a traitor.. Leaking classified information is a federal crime.. He cant be put with malala who was shot while promoting education. Both are sitting on either end of spectrum..

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swowden is traitor. Sold hs motherland for 30pieces of russian silver..let hm rot n hell. Hoping the little lady wins..she is nt betrayng Islam, bt fightng for its upholdment correctly.

Adam Girod
Adam Girod

Joseph Nuttall Your words are an Affront to every American who fought in WWII. You don't have to like the NSA's actions - I don't - but to compare what they did to what the Third Reich did? You are obviously misinformed on your history.

李維善
李維善

can snowden go to sweden to receive the prize without being arrested?

Joseph Nuttall
Joseph Nuttall

As an American patriot ...I would certainly have to agree with you !

Ryan McCracken
Ryan McCracken

I think Malala should win. Edward just confirmed what we all already suspected.

Joseph Nuttall
Joseph Nuttall

Snowden....is a patriot and did what had to be done to warn the world by putting his own life at risk to expose what will be the most ruthless horrifying regime ever in history one that will put the NAZIS to shame and is setting the stage to initiate WW3 one that will make WW2 seem like a Sunday picnic ....all of you who are calling Snowden a traitor ought to be kissing his feet and thanking him for having the courage to defect to Russia and warn the world of the impending danger that looms on the horizon !

Andrea Villalba
Andrea Villalba

What??? Snowden? really? and not to mention pairing him up with Malala! Snowden nomination is politically motivated. ugh...

ndluoxxx
ndluoxxx

I don't understand how this is even a question. Yes, what Snowden did is heroic to conspiracy theorists and liberals. But can you value that more than a child's life and education? In order for Snowden's actions to even have effect, we need an educated population. Not to mention, Snowden his from the repercussions of his actions. Malala braved a bullet, recovered, and continued to be seen in public. No matter your political affiliation, Malala is a universal symbol of courage.

Jeff Dray
Jeff Dray

Snowden is a traitor and deserves death

Al Amir
Al Amir

definitely snowden. he took a major risk by exposing the truth abt one of the most powerful govt.s in the world. what did malala do? survived a bullet? that was more the work of nature than individual struggle

Ainmire Aleksis Goldman
Ainmire Aleksis Goldman

With all respect to Malala Yousafzai, I think Snowden also deserves a fair chance. Was anyone even aware, before the big expos

Madiha Komal
Madiha Komal

malala vs donkey. ahh i wil go for poor donkex.

Madiha Komal
Madiha Komal

what malala is doin for education ? enjoyin lufe in uk. winning money. how many schools she has opened so far anyone know? she gains no respect in her own land cz she is such a drama . snowden

Gavin Dunican
Gavin Dunican

If snowden wins will he be collecting the award himself ?

Aidan Kennedy
Aidan Kennedy

One would think that claiming political asylum in both China and Russia would by definition exclude someone from winning a human rights award........

Bishu Nepal
Bishu Nepal

Selecting Snowden for great honour by Russian Duma or North Korean parliament (if it has one!) would have been understandable. European Parliament does not let a single opportunity to go in waste to tell rest of the world it is the most useless institution created by humankind.

Laura Ross
Laura Ross

No doubts about her virtue. Many about his.

Stephanie Abbott Banaszak
Stephanie Abbott Banaszak

I am not doing anything I would not want anyone to see. There are people out there who would do harm to the people I love. I am happy they are being watched. What Snowden did was treason, plain and simple. It's a humanitarian award. Like them or not, his actions don't fall into that category.

Manoj Kumar
Manoj Kumar

eligiblity for bigger prize! malala? no one european? pcha...sad

ElliotGordonCharlesSlack
ElliotGordonCharlesSlack

@Al Amir Snowden betrayed the US government for the sake of human rights and then fled to countries that laugh at the idea.

ElliotGordonCharlesSlack
ElliotGordonCharlesSlack

@Madiha Komal Snowden is doing the exact same thing except he sold out America to get his fame.

SalvadorMorales
SalvadorMorales

@Stephanie Abbott Banaszak I would really like to know how the presidents of Mexico and Brazil harmed the "people you love" for them to being spied on. Please explain me how is this treason if there is a high chance that you are being spied at this moment, the NSA said that they spy on people that has some ties to terrorist in a second degree. If you have ever listened about the 6 degrees of separation you must know that a lot of people that haven't even heard or being in contact with said person are being spied on. Even more, the NSA found that there have been abuse in how the program has been used. Nixon was impeached for spying on the democrats, THE DEMOCRATS!! It wasn't even the whole country, only a group of people. If Russia would spy on the US president you wouldn't be defending them, would you? So please do tell me why is Snowden a traitor?

NY199827
NY199827

@SaloumehZ She did more damage to the Islamist then 12 years of fighting with us!! Unmasked them to the world!!

NY199827
NY199827

@SaloumehZ I really fear for Israel and the backing from the US if something happens Obama has embolden all of Israel and our enemies!!!

NY199827
NY199827

@SaloumehZ Obama's ratings are sinking faster than the Titanic He stands against everything this country has stood for since its birth!!

NY199827
NY199827

@SaloumehZ Its about time , His ratings in the polls here are sinking faster then the Titanic,he stands against everything the US Satnds for