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UN honours Deng's disabled son
Deng Pufang
Deng injured his spine when he was attacked by Red Guards in 1968
The son of former Chinese paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has won one of this year's UN human rights awards.

Deng Pufang, a paraplegic since he was forced to jump from a window during China's Cultural Revolution, was honoured for his work for the disabled.

Sergio Vieira De Mello, the UN envoy killed in Baghdad in August, and an Argentinean grandmother who campaigns for missing children were also named.

The awards are made every five years to reward leading human rights figures.

The UN highlighted Mr Deng's foundation of the China Disabled Persons' Federation in 1988.

"His many years of tireless effort to promote the human rights of the disabled in China through legislation, programmes and activities, is exemplary," according to UN General Assembly President Julian Hunte.

Mr Vieira de Mello was given a special posthumous award for more than 30 years' work for the UN, including a spell as high commissioner for refugees.

The awards will be made in New York on 10 December, to mark international human rights day.

Other awardees are:

Barnes de Carlotto, for her work as the president of the Association of Plaza de Mayo Grandmothers, established in 1977 to find hundreds of children who disappeared following the 1976 military coup in Argentina.

The Family Protection Project Management Team of Jordan, for promoting open discussion of such taboo subjects as domestic violence, gender equality and other human rights issues.

Ms Shulamith Koenig of the United States, who founded the People's Movement for Human Rights Education in 1988 to create a global human rights culture.

The Mano River Women's Peace Network groups women's organizations in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to prevent conflict and build peace.


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