Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi gestures to journalists in New Delhi and Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai holds bouquets of flowers after addressing the media in Birmingham, Oct. 10, 2014. AFP/Chandan Khanna/Oli Scarff
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By honoring a 17-year-old Muslim girl from Pakistan and a 60-year-old Hindu man from India, the Norwegian Nobel Committee linked the peace award to conflicts between world religions and neighboring nuclear powers as well as drawing attention to children's rights.Satyarthi has been at the forefront of a global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor, which he called a "blot on humanity".Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said it was important to reward both an Indian Hindu and a Pakistani Muslim in the common struggle for education and against extremism.By highlighting children's rights, the committee widened the scope of the peace prize, which in its early days was only given for efforts to end or prevent armed conflicts.
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