Castro Wins Libyan Rights Award
By The Associated Press
(AP) -- Libya has named Cuban President Fidel Castro
the winner of its 1998 human rights prize, a news agency reported
The award, named
in honor of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, was to
be given in appreciation of Castro's ``history of struggle,'' Egypt's Middle
East News Agency said.
of the award include South African President Nelson
Mandela and Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of
The prize is
normally awarded during celebrations beginning Sept. 1 and
lasting several days, marking the anniversary of the coup that brought
Gadhafi to power in 1969.
There was no word on whether Castro would attend the ceremonies.
The award --
which carries a cash prize of $250,000 -- has been given
annually since 1989.
Libya and Cuba have good relations.