Asma Jahangir


Asma Jahangir was a leading Pakistani lawyer. Born in Lahore, she was an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, President Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and a human rights activist who worked both in Pakistan and internationally to prevent the persecution of religious minorities, women, and exploitation of children. She won several international awards for her activism including the Right Livelihood Award and the Four Freedoms Award in 2010 for promoting Religious Freedom. She was imprisoned in 1983 and put under house arrest in 2007. She worked closely with her sister Hina Jilani on many of her endeavours. In recognition of her contributions to protect the rights of women and minorities, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.