Subscribe to Secularism is a Womens Issue

Secularism is a Women’s Issue

Home > impact on women / resistance > South Asia Looses A Voice of Sanity

South Asia Looses A Voice of Sanity

Pakistan: Asma Jahangir (1952-2018), Secular icon, Feminist, Human Rights Lawyer Passes Away

Monday 12 February 2018, by siawi3


South Asia Looses A Voice of Sanity
Pakistan: Asma Jahangir (1952-2018), Secular icon, Feminist, Human Rights Lawyer Passes Away - links to reports, interviews / portraits and tributes

11 February 2018

Asma Jahangir: Pakistan human rights champion died on sunday 11 February in Lahore, Pakistan - 11 February 2018 [ with updates ]


I. News reports from around the world from 11 Feb 2018


Leading human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

Human rights icon Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

Eminent lawyer and activist Asma Jahangir passes away


Pakistani leading rights activist, Asma Jehangir, dead at 66

Mort d’Asma Jahangir, militante pakistanaise des droits de l’homme

Leading Pakistani Rights Activist Asma Jahangir Dies At 66


Pakistan’s iron lady Asma Jehangir passes away

Asma Jahangir, Champion Of Human Rights, Critic Of Pak Army, Dies At 66

Threats Did Not Stop Asma Jahangir From Fighting For Rights In Pakistan Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir dies of cardiac arrest - PTI | Updated: Feb 11, 2018

Condolences pour in for Asma Jehangir on Twitter

o o o


South Asians For Human Rights

SAHR mourns the passing away of Asma Jahangir

February 11 2018

Press Statements

South Asians for Human Rights ( SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, is deeply saddened at the passing away of Asma Jahangir. Asma was a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a founding member of SAHR, and its current Spokesperson and bureau member. As a remarkably vocal human rights advocate, her contribution at regional and global level is immense.

Asma Jahangir was a former chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. She held the UN mandate as Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial Killings from 1998 to 2004 and Freedom of Religion or Belief from 2004 to 2010. At the time of her demise she was a board member of International Crisis Group and UN Special Rapporteur of Human Rights in Iran.

SAHR offers its deepest condolences to Asma’s family at this difficult time. Her sudden demise is a irreplaceable loss not only to SAHR but to her fellow human rights comrades in Pakistan, South Asia and the world.

On behalf of the members of South Asians for Human Rights

Sultana Kamal, Chairperson

Mohamed Latheef, Co-chairperson

o o o

In Memoriam: Asma Jahangir, 1952-2018 by International Crisis Group

o o o


Profile: Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

Who is Asma Jahangir?

Asma Jahangir Interview by Amitav Ghosh (1997)

A conversation with Asma Jehangir by Ritu Menon

Blood and guts by Declan Walsh


25 Oct 2017 - Remarks by Ms. Asma Jahangir, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, at the 31st meeting of the Third Committee

Asma Jahangir: Personal Journey to Justice (2016) [Jahangir received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania on May 16, 2016] VIDEO here 1:01:42

2014 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Asma Jahangir on defending human rights in Pakistan VIDEO here 4:05
from Right Livelihood Award on Vimeo.

Walking Together for Freedom with Asma Jahangir (2012) VIDEO here 58:24

Asma Jahangir: “Will Pakistan’s Democracy Survive?” (2009) VIDEO here 1:24:17