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10 October 2014

INTERPOL congratulates joint Nobel Peace Prize winners from India and Pakistan

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai put forward by INTERPOL as Turn Back Crime ambassadors

LYON, France – On behalf of the international law enforcement community, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has congratulated India’s Kailash Satyarthi  and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai after they jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to improve the rights of children.
Child education activist Malala Yousafzai, aged 17, was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan in 2012 for advocating the rights of girls to be educated. She was aged 14. Kailash Satyarthi has campaigned for the rights of child labourers and against child slavery and human trafficking.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said they were awarded the prize ‘for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education’.
“The award of the Nobel peace prize jointly to  Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian Hindu, and Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani Muslim, recognizes once again that the common struggle against extremism and to advance human rights, particularly those of children, transcends religion, gender and borders,” said Secretary General Noble.
"We will call on both Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai to become INTERPOL Turn Back Crime ambassadors and continue to inspire us all to protect the young and innocent from crime and harm," concluded Mr Noble.