Islamabad: Myanmar`s dissident political
leader Aung San Suu Kyi has become the first recipient of the
new Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Award for democracy instituted by
the Pakistan People`s Party in the memory of the slain former
The award was instituted by the ruling PPP to mark
Bhutto`s birth anniversary, which was observed yesterday.
It pays tribute to Bhutto`s life-long struggle for
democracy, human rights, improvement of the status of women
and social causes.
The recipients of the award in four categories ?
democracy, human rights, philanthropy and women`s empowerment
were chosen by a committee chaired by PPP chief and
President Asif Ali Zardari, an official statement said.
The statement said Suu Kyi was being honoured for
challenging the dictatorship in Myanmar despite remaining in
detention and house arrest for many years.
Pakistani rights activist I A Rehman received the
award for human rights for his role at the forefront of the
struggle for greater human rights and for his work as a peace
The award for philanthropy went to Sheikha Fatima Bint
Mubarak, the founding president of the UAE Women`s
The statement said she was known for her "concerted
campaign for the case of promoting welfare and well-being of
women in the UAE".
The recipient of the award for women`s empowerment is
Sheikha Mowza Ali Hamad Al Mualla, who has been engaged in
educational and other social reforms in Qatar over the years.