Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir Passes Away At 66

Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir Passes Away At 66

Asma Jahangir, an important human rights lawyer died which came as a major blow to Pak’s tormented rights community. She died at 66.

As stated by her sister, the advocate and ex-United Nations special rapporteur experienced cardiac attack, which took her life.

Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir Passes Away At 66

A well-known lawyer and rights activist, Hina Jilani condemned her death.

The arrangement for funerals has not yet been announced. Munizae Jahangir, her daughter said that the family is waiting for other relatives to come to Lahore, their home town.

PM Abbasi expressed sorrow at the advocate’s death, while giving her praise for her contribution in protecting human rights and preserving the law.

Ms Asma Jahangir’s follower on social media expressed their condolences and said that her death news is shocking.

According to her fellow workers and supporters she was very brave and was a very prominent figure.

Ms Jahangir was honored with Légiond Honneur, France and Alternative Nobel prize, Sweden for her several years of contribution as human rights activist.

She started working as an activist when it was a mere concept in Pakistan for which she received death threats, thrashing and imprisonment for winning the human rights related cases while opposing the dictators.

It was due to her effort HRCP was established in Pakistan, for improvement and protection of human rights.

Pakistan still experience severe violence and cruelty against women, unfairness against minorities, almost slavery custom for laborers with bonds.

Ms Jahangir achieved several victories. She won the freedom for laborers who were working as slaves for their owners via a ground-breaking court case. She also won a court case that permitted women to marry as per their choice.

She was known for her honest criticism about the authoritative military establishment.

Ms Asma Jahangir was detained in the year 2007 Parvez Musharraf led-government. In 2012, her life was in danger as she was getting death threats from a spy agency based in Pakistan.

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By Rita Goldring

Rita Goldring is a reporter for Cambridge Daily Mirror. After graduating from the University Of Toronto, with a master degree in history, Rita got an internship at Global TV Kitchener and worked on profiling local business owners who recently immigrated to Canada from Syria. Rita was also was a columnist for the Huff Post Canada. Rita mostly entertainment and community events.

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