Champion of justice Asma Jahangir leaves legacy of courage

Champion of justice Asma Jahangir leaves legacy of courage

Champion of justice Asma Jahangir leaves legacy of courage

A number of rights activists, lawyers, judges, government officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens were present in the funeral to pay respect to the woman who fought for the rights of people especially women and struggled against the military dictators.

Naveed Walter president Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) participated in the funeral of courageous human Human Rights defender Asma Jahangir in Lahore.

The Baha'i International Community has expressed its condolences for the passing of Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran and greatly-admired champion of the dignity and rights of all people.

She was also elected as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and as Chairperson of the country's Human Rights Commission.

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Jahangir also served as president of the Supreme Court's Bar Association and was a United Nations rapporteur on human right and extrajudicial killings.

The state department praised Jahangir's role as a UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, where "she improved the world's understanding of the plight of religious minorities worldwide through her in-depth research and sustained engagements and fought for the protection of the persecuted".

Chief Minister's Special Assistant on Women Development Iram Khalid highlighted Asma's great efforts in making humans, including women, more empowered based on the principle of equality.

Asma Jahangir was shifted to hospital on Sunday but could not survive the cardiac arrest. In her capacity as a human rights lawyer she fought many cases on behalf of those accused of blasphemy, women seeking divorce from unsafe marriages and other important cases. Even she has been facing several death threats and attacks but she never stepped back.

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In a separate statement, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty said she was a fearless champion of human rights who leaves behind a powerful legacy.

I came to know Asma closely when we worked together with other human rights activists to form South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), which was dedicated to the promotion of human rights in South Asia. Following this she was called to the Lahore High Court in 1980, and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1982. With her sister and fellow activists, Asma established a law firm, the first ever by women.

The RSF added that Jahangir's death was a "major blow" to the rights of the poor and the downtrodden. Their clients included Christians facing death sentences on blasphemy charges, bonded labourers who had fled the oppressive grip of feudal landowners, and women who faced violence at home.

National Commission for Human Rights Sindh Member Anis Haroon said that during Ziaul Haq's dictatorship, women and minorities were repressed through the Hudood Ordinances and the Evidence Act and a ban was imposed on political parties and civil society organisations.

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