Pakistan’s human right activist Asma Jahangir passes away

In the year 1983, Jahangir was put under house arrest and later imprisoned for participating in the movement for the restoration of political and fundamental rights during the military regime.

Pakistan’s well known human right activist and senior lawyer Asma Jahangir passwed away in Lahore on Sunday, ANI reported. According to reports, she died of cardiac arrest. She was 66.
Born in 1952, Jahangir did her schooling at the Convent of Jesus and Mary and completed her LLB from the Punjab University in 1978.
Sh e co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in 1987 and became its Secretary General until 1993 when she was elevated as commission’s chairperson. Later, she also became president of Supreme Court Bar Association.

Jahangir was also co-chair of South Asians for Human Rights. She was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or summary executions and later as the United Nations Rapporteur of Freedom of religion or belief.
In the year 1983, Jahangir was put under house arrest and later imprisoned for participating in the movement for the restoration of political and fundamental rights during the military regime. She was again put under house arrest in November 2007 after the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan.
(With agencies input)

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