Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistan activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 for promoting the education of girls, was awarded the prestigious human rights award known as the Sakharov Prize.
Yousafzai not only survived her injuries, but refused to stop advocating for Pakistani girls, and delivered a speech to the United Nations earlier this year.
The award is considered the most significant human rights prize in Europe and is named after dissident Soviet nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has promised to help eliminate chemical weapons in Syria.
Nobel committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said that was not the only reason OPCW won the award.
“It is because of its longstanding efforts to eliminate chemical weapons and that we are now about to reach the goal and do away with a whole category of weapons of mass destruction,” Jagland said. “That would be a great event in history, if we can achieve that.”
Just as when President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, it seems the committee has awarded someone for saying the right things rather than actually doing those things.
Yousafzai was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Edward Snowden was nominated for the Nobel and Sakharov prizes for his leaks regarding the National Security Agency's program that collect telephone records and metadata from millions of Americans without regard for whether they have terrorist links.