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Asma Jahangir

Asma Jahangir, Pakistani, Swiss lawyer. Bar: 1992. Recipient Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan, 1995, Martin Ennals award, 1995, King Baudouin International Development prize, 1998, Human Rights award, Lawyers Committee For Human Rights, 1999, Millennium Peace prize, 2001, Ramon Magsaysay award, for Public Service, 2002.

Background

  • Jahangir, Asma was born on January 27, 1952 in Pakistan. Daughter of Malik Jilani.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Kinnard College, Lahore, 1974. Bachelor of Laws, Punjab University, 1978. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University St. Gallen, Switzerland, 1998.

    Career

    • Leader student protest against military dictator Ayub Khan, 1969. Filed constitutional petition in Supreme Court challenging father's arrest and legality of Bhutto's government, 1972, won case, 1982. Advisory; founding member Punjab Women Lawyers Association, convenor, 1980.

      Co-founded first all-woman solicitors’ office in Pakistan with three other female lawyers, 1981. Founding member Women's Action Forum, 1981, executive member, 1985—1987. Advisory of High Court, since 1982.

      Executive committee member Lahore High Court Bar Association, 1985—1987. Council member LAWASIA, Sydney, Australia, 1985—1987. Co-founded AGHS Legal Aid (first free legal aid center in Pakistan), 1986.

      Vice-chairperson Defense for Children International, Geneva, 1986—1988. Founding member Human Rights Commission communications of Pakistan, Lahorne, since 1986, secretary general, 1987—1993, chairperson, 1993. Member steering committee Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development, Malaysia, 1987—1990.

      Chairperson Standing Committee on Human Rights, LAWASIA, Australia, 1988—1990. Executive member Punjab Bar Council, 1988—1993. Director International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development, Canada, 1990—1993.

      Advisory of Supreme Court, since 1992. Board member Interights, London, 1997, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, London, 1997, International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, 1998. United Nations special rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on Extra Judicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions, 1998—2004, on Freedom of Religion or Belief, since 2004.

      Trustee Malik Ghulam Jilani Foundation, 1987.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: 1992.

    Works

    • Author: (books) Divine Section: The Hadood Ordinances, 1988, Children of a Lesser God, 1992, various papers ranging in topic from child labor to the electoral process in Pakistan.

    Connections

    • father: Malik Jilani. Jahangir
    Asma Jahangir
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    Born January 27, 1952
    (age 65)
    Nationality
    • 1974
      Kinnard College
    • 1978
      Punjab University
    • 1998
      University St. Gallen
    • 1969
      Leader, student protest against military dictator Ayub Khan
    • 1972
      filed constitutional petition in Supreme Court challenging father's arrest and legality of Bhutto's government
    • 1980
      founding member, Punjab Women Lawyers Association
    • 1981
      co-founded first all-woman solicitors?Colorado office in Pakistan with three other female lawyers
    • 1982
      filed constitutional petition in Supreme Court challenging father's arrest and legality of Bhutto's government
    • 1982
      advisory of High Court
    • 1985 - 1987
      council member, LAWASIA
      Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • 1985 - 1987
      executive, committee member Lahore High Court Bar Association
    • 1986 - 1988
      vice-chairperson Defense for Children Intern, ational
      Geneva, Illinois, United States
    • 1986
      co-founded AGHS Legal Aid (first free legal aid center in Pakistan)
    • 1986
      founding member, Human Rights Commission Commission of Pakistan
    • 1987 - 1990
      member, steering committee Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development
      Malaysia
    • 1988 - 1990
      chairperson Standing Committee on Human Rights
      Australia
    • 1988 - 1993
      executive, member Punjab Bar Council
    • 1990 - 1993
      director, International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development
      Canada
    • 1992
      advisory of Supreme Court
    • 1993
      founding member, Human Rights Commission Commission of Pakistan
    • 1997
      board member, Interights
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1997
      board member, Interights
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1998 - 2004
      United Nations special rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on Extra Judicial
    • 2004
      United Nations special rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on Extra Judicial
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