Eminent Pakistani lawyer, rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away

Srinagar: Eminent Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday in Lahore city.
As per Pak media reports Asma was taken to a private hospital on Ferozepur Road after suffering a cardiac arrest where she breathed her last.
Jahangir was born in Lahore in January 1952.
She became a democracy activist and was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy which agitated against military dictator Ziaul Haq’s regime.
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.
She received Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and a Sitara-e-Imtiaz. She was also awarded a UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by France.
She was known for taking up court cases of victimised and marginalised sections of society, as well as speaking against human rights violations.
An author and a staunch activist for democracy, Jahangir received several accolades for her work on human rights.
Asma also remained the special rapporteur on human rights for the United Nations.
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