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Harry Belafonte wins Amnesty human rights award

September 19, 2013

American singer, human rights and social justice activist Harry Belafonte received the prestigious Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2013.

The award is Amnesty International’s highest honour, recognizing individuals who have promoted and enhanced the cause of human rights through their life and by example. The 2013 Award was presented during a ceremony on Tuesday September 17th at the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland. In 2012 the Movies that Matter Festival screened the documentary Sing Your Song about the life and work of Belafonte. The film was directed by his daughter Gina, who was a guest at the festival.

The award was also given to Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafza. Malala Yousafzai, 16, is an advocate for equal access to education. Her 2009 diary for the BBC detailed her frustrations with the Taliban’s edict to shut down all girls’ schools in her native Pakistan.  In 2012 she was shot and severely wounded in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

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