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A 'Human Rights Giant'

Asma Jahangir (1952–2018)

A 'Human Rights Giant'

Asma Jahangir, a “human rights giant,” lives on as an inspiration and source of strength for millions fighting for rights and justice. This is a portrait of an incredibly courageous woman, lovingly drawn with a collection of memories and anecdotes.

Asma Jahangir, lawyer and human rights activist, was born on 27 January 1952 in Lahore. She was co-founder of the AGHS law firm (1980), AGHS Legal Aid Cell (1983), Women’s Action Forum (1981), and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) (1986). She was involved in the launch of Pakistan–India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, 1994, and of South Asians for Human Rights, 2000. She was also United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (1998–2004), freedom of religion or belief (2004–10), situation of human rights in Iran (from November 2016 till death). She was the first woman to be elected as president of the Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association in 2010.

Asma was all this, and so much more.

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Updated On : 28th Mar, 2018

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