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AFP receives awards for human rights reporting

HONG KONG -- AFP's reporting on human rights in Asia was recognized in Hong Kong on Saturday with three awards for photojournalism in the Human Rights Press Awards.

Iran-based AFP photographer Behrouz Mehri won two prizes in the photojournalism feature category for his images of street children and heroin addicts in the strife-torn southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

Myanmar-based photographer Soe Than Win was awarded a merit in the same category for a series of pictures of democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The 16th annual awards were organized by the city's Foreign Correspondents' Club, the Hong Kong Journalists Association and Amnesty International Hong Kong.

“Our core values have been severely challenged in recent years; it is important to have the Human Rights Press Awards to shed light on the human right violation in Hong Kong and Asia, and to raise public awareness of human rights through our colleagues,” Hong Kong Journalists Association chairperson Mak Yin-ting said.

The competition, which was open to Hong Kong and Macau-based journalists as well as foreign correspondents working in Asia, drew 226 entries published or aired during 2011. English and Chinese-language stories were considered.

Themes included human trafficking, religious intolerance, democratic reforms in Myanmar and the treatment of artists and dissidents in China.

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