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|Yoko Ono picks up German human rights prize at Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Museum|
Japanese-US artist Yoko Ono attends the award ceremony of the Rainer Hildebrandt Medal for Non-Violent Commitment to human Rights in Berlin on December 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE.
BERLIN (AFP).- Yoko Ono on Friday accepted a German human rights prize for peace activism with her late husband, Beatle John Lennon, as well as her more recent work championing equality for women and gays.
Ono, who will turn 80 in February, picked up the Rainer Hildebrandt Medal at Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Museum next to the former Cold War border crossing.
Wearing a black top hat and trouser suit, she gave a two-fingered peace sign as she thanked the jury.
"I'm very honoured to get this award and I will consider this award as an encouragement to do more work in humanitarian causes," she said.
Hildebrandt, who died in 2004, founded the museum to document daring attempts by East Germans living under communism to escape over the Berlin Wall and in protest against the regime's shoot-to-kill policies.
His widow Alexandra handed Ono the prize, which was selected by a jury she said included German President Joachim Gauck, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger and former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
"Since the early days of her career, and in addition to her music and conceptual art, Yoko Ono has always drawn attention for her political statements and her fight for peace and human rights," the jury said.
"She is a great proponent of gender equality, and is committed to world peace and the recognition of same-sex partnerships."
Previous winners include jailed Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky and assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The Tokyo-born artist -- raised in both Japan and the United States in a well-off family of bankers -- became a global icon when she married the rocker from Liverpool.
Since her Montreal honeymoon with Lennon, during which the couple called for peace from their marital bed, Ono has used her celebrity to raise awareness for causes.
In 2002, she launched the "LennonOno" grant for peace in Iceland, given every two years.
In honour of Ono's 80th birthday, the Schirn Kunsthalle in the western German city of Frankfurt will present a retrospective of her work from February.
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