Jahangir, who was given the award posthumously, served as the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions
Pakistan’s late human rights activist Asma Jahangir has won the prestigious UN Human Rights Prize for 2018.
Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the president of United Nations General Assembly, tweeted that Jahangir, along with Rebeca Gyumi, the founder of a Tanzanian NGO, Brazilian lawyer Joenia Wapichana and the Irish human rights organization Front Line Defenders have won the prestigious UN award.
Jahangir, who was given the award posthumously, served as the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions from 1998 to 2004 and as the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief from 2004 to 2010. Jahangir died in February at the age of 66 after she suffered a stroke, RFE/RL reported.
Asma Jahangir started her involvement in social activism at a very young age when she protested against the false detention of her father by the military regime in 1972. During her elaborate career, she became- a crusader of rights for women, children and religious minorities in Pakistan.
Interestingly, she is the fourth Pakistani woman to be awarded the prize. She remained one of the leading faces for the Lawyer’s Movement that began in Pakistan in 2007 for the restoration of judicial independence. She went on to become Pakistan’s first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association. She has also authored two books and has written for many publications.
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