Asma Jahangir was a global icon in human rights: USA

February 14, 2018

The spokesperson of the United States Department of State, paid rich tribute to Asma Jahangir, the expert lawyer and human rights activist who recently passed away a couple of days ago. 

Heather Nauert spoke highly of Asma Jahangir during a press briefing in Washington.

“We’d like to join the Government of Pakistan and others around the world in mourning the passing of a Pakistani human rights and democracy advocate. Her name was Asma Jahangir,” she said.

Nauert said that Asma Jahangir was a voice for those who did not possess one and that she ‘championed the rule of law, democracy, and human rights.’

Terming her as a ‘global icon’ in human rights, the US Department of State spokesperson recounted Jahangir’s services for Pakistan as the founder and chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

“Her passing is a great loss to the world, and she will be missed as a champion in her country, its people, and millions more around the world,” she said.

“Most recently, she served as UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, tirelessly fighting on behalf of the Iranian people as they demanded freedom, dignity, and human rights.”

Asma Jahangir laid to rest in Lahore

Eminent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir was laid to rest at her farmhouse on Bedian Road on Tuesday.

Hr funeral prayer led by Farooq Haider Maududi was held at Qaddafi Stadium. A large number of people from different walks of life including prominent members of the legal fraternity, women and her family members attended the funeral prayer.

Prominent of them were Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali, Justice Anwaarul Haq, Justice Faisal Zaman Khan, Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry, Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and others.

Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday due to cardiac arrest at the age of 66.

Born in 1952, studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before receiving her B.A degree from Kinnaird College and LLB from the Punjab University in 1978.

She served as president of Supreme Court Bar Association. She was also active in the 2007 Lawyers’ Movement, for which she was put under house arrest.

She co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and the Women’s Action Forum.

Late Asma Jahangir defended cases of minorities, women and children in prisons. She was recipient of several national awards, including Sitara-I-Imtiaz in 1995.