UN Awards Benazir Bhutto Human Rights Prize

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

United Nations (AP) The son of slain former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is defending his mother's human rights record, after accepting a U.N. Prize in the field of human rights posthumously in her honor.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari accepted the award by reciting from his mother's autobiography. He read a passage where she acknowledged going back to Pakistan could mean losing her life, writing “democracy in Pakistan is not just important for Pakistanis it is important for the entire world.”

Amnesty International has noted the hundreds of extra-judicial killings by government forces and the jailing of human right defenders, including journalists during her time in office.

Zardari says his mother was undermined by rogue agents in the government.

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