New Delhi: Pakistan’s noted human rights activist and distinguished lawyer late Asma Jahangir has won the UN Human Rights Prize for 2018 posthumously.
Jahangir, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, is one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious UN Human Rights Prize.
The prize was awarded posthumously to Jahangir who died earlier in 2018 in her home country of Pakistan at the age of 66.
Many in the global human rights movement remember Jahangir as “a giant.”
She was the first woman to serve as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in Pakistan. She was the founder of a home-grown human rights movement in Pakistan and co-founded and served as Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Her daughter Munizae Jahangir received the prestigious award at the UN Headquarters in New York on behalf of her mother.
The UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights is an honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights.
It provides an opportunity to give recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves and to send a clear message to human rights defenders all over the world that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their efforts to promote all human rights for everyone.