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3 women of Muslim heritage to receive human rights prize

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

By Lauren Markoe (original source Religion News Service)

“Three women of Muslim heritage will receive the Lantos Human Rights prize on Thursday (Dec. 10), named for former U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, (D-Calif.), a Holocaust survivor known for his advocacy for oppressed peoples worldwide.

The winners earned the honor for their “willingness to defy social and cultural norms” and to risk their safety to expose human rights abuses, according to the The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, which will bestow the awards on Capitol Hill.

The winners are:

Rebiya Kadeer president of the World Uyghur Congress, the body which represents a Muslim group in China targeted by the Chinese government. Kadeer, who spent six years in a Chinese prison, now lives in the U.S.”

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