Remembering Asma Jahangir on her first death anniversary
Pakistan is observing today the first death anniversary of human rights lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir who passed away last year owing to a cardiac arrest.
To commemorate the life of the human rights defender The Asma Jahangir Legal Foundation will be conducting a ceremony on Monday which will pay accolades to the advocate’s voice against intolerance and injustices around the country.
In memory of the late activist Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) issued a statement as well: “Today, more than ever, the human rights movement in Pakistan needs a collective conscience. Undoubtedly, were Asma Jahangir still with us, she would have continued to speak up against curbs on freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and freedom of expression. She would have demanded accountability for extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. She would have defended the vulnerable and marginalised – women, children, peasants and workers, bonded labour, religious and ethnic minorities, and the transgender community.”
“Over the last year, HRCP has carried this work forward despite the vacuum left by Ms Jahangir. Her imprint remains on the institution she co-founded and the numerous human rights workers she trained. HRCP’s governing body and its staff across the country are committed to continuing Asma Jahangir’s work, and will always remember her spirit and steel,” it added further.