UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations has decided to honour former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto posthumously with its top human rights award, informed sources at UN Headquarters said Tuesday. The award, in recognition of her courageous struggle for democracy and fundamental freedoms in Pakistan, will be announced on December 10, the UN human Rights Day. The occasion also marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ms Bhutto, chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack on December 27 as she left an election rally in Rawalpindi. The sources said the President of the UN General Assembly Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, would officially communicate the decision to President Asif Ali Zardari in the next few days. Instituted in 1968, the United Nations human rights awards are intended to "honour and commend people and organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other United Nations human rights instruments". UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will present the award " a metal plaque bearing the UN seal and an artistic design, and engraved with an appropriate citation " at a headquarter ceremony in New York on Dec 10. There were no immediate comments from the Pakistan mission to the UN, nor any indication about who will receive the award on her behalf. The recipients are selected by a special committee comprising the presidents of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council and the chairs of the Commission on Human Rights, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Unlike the Nobel prizes - and the list of awardees shares much common ground with the Nobel Peace Prize in particular - the UN's awards are non-monetary in nature.