Prominent human rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

Posted February 12, 2018

"Her demise is a big loss for the marginalised communities in Pakistan, a loss for the secular people of Pakistan, and a loss for the voice of reason". She later went on to become the first woman to serve as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, writes the Dawn. She was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions and later as the UN Rapporteur of Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana Sunday expressed condolence over the death of famous lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir. Her daughter Munizae is a TV anchor.

Senior researcher at Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Baseer Naveed echoed the popular thought that Pakistan has lost a strong voice of democracy, intolerance, rule of law and human rights.

According to media reports, she was also suffering from cancer and remained under treatment for years.

Asma Jahangir was elected as SCBA president on October 27, 2010.

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She was on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential women.

Jahangir was arrested in 2007 by the government of then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf and held under house arrest.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir's death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights.

Jahangir's pro-democracy struggle as a lawyer and activist had made her a staunch critic of Pakistan's military, intelligence agencies and armed groups. A state of emergency was declared, and she was among key protest leaders placed under house arrest.

The activist and lawyer received several awards, including the French Legion of Honor and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

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Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, she is survived by a son and two daughters.

"South Asia has lost an ardent advocate of women's rights and democracy by the death of Asma Jahangir".

Pakistani activist Muniba Mazari said: "Rest in Power!"

Internationally, she was awarded the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights, an Officier de la Légion d'honneur by France, the 2010, Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

Azmi remembered her friend, whom she deeply respected for her integrity and courage.

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