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US Group Awards Burmese Rights Activist and Russian Journalist


A Burmese pro-democracy advocate and a Russian journalist have won this year's Civil Courage Prize.

The award is presented annually by the New York-based Northcote Parkinson Fund and includes prize money of 50,000 dollars. The fund says it honors "steadfast resistance to evil at great personal risk."

In awarding the prize, it describes Min Ko Naing as an "indomitable campaigner for democracy" in Burma. He was a leader of the 1988 peaceful uprising against the military junta and spent 15 years in prison.

He shares the prize with Anna Polikovskaya, a Russian journalist who has exposed atrocities in Chechnya.

The fund says it will also present a posthumous award for civil courage to Indonesian human rights activist Munir Said Thalib. He died last year from apparent arsenic poisoning.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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