Asma Jahangir


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Designation: Chairperson (HRCP)
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Human Rights Commision

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Asma Jilani Jahangir (born January 27 1952 in Lahore) is a Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist. She has been the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief since 2004 (first attached to the former Commission on Human Rights now to the Human Rights Council). Previously she served as the UN Special Reporter on Extrajudicial Arbitrary and Summary Executions.

Early life

Jahangir father Malik Jilani was a former civil servant who entered politics upon retirement and spent some time in jail and under house arrest for opposing military dictatorships. Jahangir herself became involved at a young age in protests against the military regime as well as opposing her father s detention by then president Benazir Bhutto father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1972 in Pakistan. She completed her BA from Kinnaid College Lahore her law degree in 1978 and her LLB from Punjab University. She also holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of Saint Gallen in Switzerland.


She has spent her career defending the human rights of women religious minorities and children of Pakistan. Jahangir has been and remains a staunch critic of the Hudood ordinance and blasphemy laws of Pakistan put in place as part of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq s Islamization program in Pakistan. She is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and has served as Secretary-General and later Chair of the organization.In 1980 Jahangir and her sister Hina Jilani got together with fellow activists and lawyers to form the first law firm established by women in Pakistan. They also helped form the Women s Action Forum (WAF) that same year. The first WAF demonstration was in 1983 when some 25-50 women took to the streets protesting the Safia Bibi case.Safia a young blind girl had been raped yet ended up in jail on the charge of zina (fornication). We (their law firm) had been given a lot of cases by the advocate general and the moment this demonstration came to light the cases were taken away from us. In 1986 Jahangir and Hina set up AGHS Legal Aid the first free legal aid centre in Pakistan. The AGHS Legal Aid Cell in Lahore also runs a shelter for women called Dastak .

In 1982 Jahangir earned the nickname little heroine after leading a protest march in Islamabad against a decision by then-president Zia ul Haq to enforce religious laws and stated Family laws [which are religious laws] give women few rights and that They have to be reformed because Pakistan cannot live in isolation. We cannot remain shackled while other women progress. She is also a proponent of protecting the rights of persecuted religious minorities in Pakistan and speaks out against forced conversions.She is also an active opponent of child labour and capital punishment It would be hypocrisy to defend laws I don t believe in like capital punishment the blasphemy law and laws against women and in favor of child labor.

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DR khurshid-A-Babar ( Hamilton,Canada) Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:57:29 AM (MDT - USA)
I hope you have no personal friction with umran khan,make an habit to speak truth or remove the title of human rights activist,such people are big hurdle to change the fate of nation.shame for those who cannot perceive their surrounding,

SYED USMAN ( denver,United States) Sunday, November 17, 2013 8:16:52 PM (MDT - USA)

bakht afreen ( lahore,Pakistan) Monday, October 21, 2013 11:58:42 AM (MDT - USA)

riasatabbassi ( Islamabad,Pakistan) Monday, September 9, 2013 11:08:57 PM (MDT - USA)
Allah ap ki Hafazit Kara

azeem ( nawab shah,Pakistan) Sunday, August 11, 2013 8:40:32 PM (MDT - USA)
madam u r great one in social forum and i m fully inspired from u and ur struggle.

RiasatAbbassi ( Islamabad,Pakistan) Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:43:11 AM (MDT - USA)
آج کے دور میں اتنی بھادر عورت میں نے نہیں دیکھی

RiasatAbbassi ( Islamabad,Pakistan) Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:41:01 AM (MDT - USA)
very nice leady only one woman haq bat

basit ali ( multan,Pakistan) Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:49:54 AM (MDT - USA)
i need help for secure my life and my friends life she want to merry with me but her family threat to kill both of us plz replay me and help me......

syed muhammad abbas ( mardan,Pakistan) Saturday, April 28, 2012 3:12:58 AM (MDT - USA)
hello my name abbas.27/4/2012 one missy parson in purdil abad street no 1 par hoti mardan.plz countad me 00923129175949

nabeel ( lahore,Pakistan) Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:39:01 AM (MDT - USA)
ap ka address kya hai . plz mujhy infrom kar do. plz mery papa buhat mushkil my hai. ap mujhy is number par call kar den. 03224549276

mansoor ( karachi,Pakistan) Thursday, January 12, 2012 3:29:30 PM (MDT - USA)
آج کے دور میں اتنی بھادر عورت میں نے نہیں دیکھی

Seema ( Peshawar,Pakistan) Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:36:01 PM (MDT - USA)
I am impressed of your services for women rights . I have got some problem that i would like to share with you. Could you please send your email address so I can discuss my issues directly with you. Many thank .Seema Aziz email

Aafiyat Nazar ( Gilgit-Baltistan,Pakistan) Thursday, December 1, 2011 9:06:49 PM (MDT - USA)
I feel your stance on the commission appointed by the Supreme court none sense. It appears you support the status -quo.

abrar ( Lahore,Pakistan) Thursday, August 18, 2011 9:35:09 PM (MDT - USA)
I am already trying to search out you contact as an important issue need to be discussed with you as in that specific matter your involvement will be far way from justice mantioned my email ll appreciate if gets reply.Thanks

Farah ( Islamabad,Pakistan) Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:40:43 AM (MDT - USA)
Appreciate if i can have email and contact detials of Ms Asma Jehangir.

samina.badar ( karachi,Pakistan) Wednesday, August 3, 2011 2:51:05 AM (MDT - USA)
مجعھ ااپکا نئمبر چھاھعع ع

saira asad ( Rawalpindi,Pakistan) Tuesday, August 2, 2011 12:15:57 AM (MDT - USA)
Dear Ma'am Asma, I am highly impressed by your services in the field of human rights especially for wowen. I woud like to have you e-mail address as I want t discuss the issue of harrassment at working place with women. |In these days where job is the necessity for both genders at home but the real issue with women is the insecurity and facing of unneceassary harrasment at working place. For discussing the above issue I . Kindly send me your e-mail address. Many thanks. would like to discuss directly with you Ma'am

Raja ( Riyadh,Pakistan) Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:53:00 PM (MDT - USA)
We r facing problem from a high profile of Pakistani living in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.His name Abdul Qadeer Mirza. He is working in Saudi Fransi Bank.Kindly help us for defence.Mobile No 00966502809319..E-Mail

Raja ( Riyadh,Pakistan) Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:42:58 PM (MDT - USA)
Your task is great

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