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Posted by Alan Wirzbicki  March 2, 2011 09:40 AM

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As far as international human rights prizes go, it may be the Razzie to the Oscars, the IgNobel to the Nobel Prize.

Still, Libya has apparently awarded the Moammar Khadafy International Prize for Human Rights annually since the late 1980s. Recipients include such luminaries as Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Louis Farrakhan.

Given Khadafy's human rights record, the prize has been notable in the past mostly for its comedic value. (Why, practically the only thing crazier would be naming a peace prize after the inventor of dynamite.)

Anyway, now that Khadafy is again facing a barrage of international criticism, this morning's Globe editorial page calls on last year's prize recipient, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to return his $250,000 check to the Libyan strongman.

And NPR has more on the history of a prize that seems sure to be one of the first casualties if Khadafy is toppled.

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