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Gordon Brown: Malala will go down in history

Malala Yousafzai will be remembered by historians as starting a "liberation movement" for boys and girls all over the world, Gordon Brown has said.

The former Prime Minister said Malala and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi were "the greatest children's champions in the world" as well as "two of my great friends".


UN chief congratulates Malala on Nobel Prize

A United Nations spokesperson has tweeted Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's congratulations to Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi.

Gordon Brown congratulates Malala

Malala Yousafzai speaking with Gordon Brown at The United Nations headquarters in New York last year. Credit: PA Wire

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has congratulated Malala Yousafzai and joint Nobel Peace Prize winner Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi, calling them "the world's greatest children's champions".

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are the world’s greatest children’s champions. They are two of my best friends and two of the greatest global campaigners who deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their courage, determination and for their vision that no child should ever be left behind and that every child should have the best of chances.

– Gordon Brown

2011 Peace Prize winner tweets Malala photo

The winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman has responded to Malala Yousafzai's award of the prize by tweeting a photo of herself with the teenager.

Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician and human rights activist who played a prominent role in the 'Arab Spring' uprising in her country.

Who is Nobel Peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthai?

While Malala Yousafzai may garner most of the attention after today's Nobel Peace Prize announcement, the award was also shared with an Indian human rights activist called Kailash Satyarthai.

The Nobel Peace Prize drawing of Satyarthai and Malala Yousafzai. Credit: Handout

His organisation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, describes itself as "the largest grassroots movement against child labour, child trafficking and child servitude".

The movement, known in English as 'Save the Childhood', is credited with freeing and rehabilitating tens of thousands of children who faced a miserable existence.

Here is how the Nobel Peace Prize Committee described Satyarthai's work:

Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.

He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

– Nobel Peace Prize Committee


Nobel committee salutes Malala's 'heroic struggle'

Malala speaking at Westminster Abbey. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The Nobel Prize Committee paid tribute to Malala Yousafzai's "heroic struggle" for girls' rights.

Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.

This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education."

– Nobel Prize Committee

Malala and Indian children's activist claim Nobel Prize

Teenage campaigner Malala Yousafzai. Credit: PA

Teenage campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head in Pakistan when she was just 15, has scooped the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was awarded the prize jointly with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

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Malala's father: Arrests 'good news for family'

Malala Yousufzai Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

A group of Taliban militants responsible for shooting Malala Yousufzai, a teenage activist targeted for her campaign against the terrorist group's efforts to deny girls education, have been arrested, Pakistan's army said.

Malala's father has welcomed the news.

This is good news for our family and most importantly, for the people of Pakistan and the civilised world. This first step of apprehending Malala’s attackers signifies the beginning of real hope for the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been affected by terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in Swat and the whole country. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the security forces and police in bringing these men to justice and fighting for the reestablishment of peace. This is the beginning of the real restoration of the writ of the government, where the rule of law and justice prevails for all.

– Ziauddin Yousafzai - Malala's father
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