Prominent lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir was posthumously awarded the UN Human Rights Prize 2018 on Monday at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.
Asma’s daughter Munizae Jahangir, who represented her at the ceremony, said she was sure her mother would have liked to share her award with human rights defenders across the world and with the women of Pakistan whom she spent a lifetime defending.
On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, join us for the 2018 UN Human Rights Prize awards. Among the winners are @RebecaGyumi, Joênia Wapichana, @FrontLineHRD & @Asma_Jahangir (potshumously)#UN4All https://t.co/ekkjkPO91N— UN Web TV (@UNWebTV) December 18, 2018
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. Every five years, prize winners are chosen by a special committee mandated by the UN General Assembly.
Congratulations to the winners of the @UN Human Rights Prize 2018: @RebecaGyumi of #Tanzania; Joênia Wapichana of #Brazil; @FrontLineHRD of #Ireland & @Asma_Jahangir (posthumously) of #Pakistan. Your courage is an inspiration to millions around the world #StandUp4HumanRights pic.twitter.com/ad6QAmiqaa— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) December 18, 2018
Asma held a prominent position as a lawyer and human rights activist, especially for the rights of women and minorities in Pakistan. She was appointed the United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran on September 30, 2016, and held the position till her death. She was also one of the founding members of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) since it was established in 1987, and served as its Secretary General until 1993.
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