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Asma Jahangir

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Jahangir in 2013
United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran
In office
1 November 2016 – 11 February 2018
Preceded by Ahmed Shaheed
Succeeded by Javaid Rehman
President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan
In office
27 October 2010 – 31 October 2012
Preceded by Qazi Anwar
Succeeded by Rasheed A Rizvi
Head of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
In office
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Zohra Yusuf
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Asma Jilani

(1952-01-27)27 January 1952
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Died 11 February 2018(2018-02-11) (aged 66)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Cause of death Brain hemorrhage
Nationality Pakistani
Spouse(s) Tahir Jahangir
Children Munizae, Sulema and Jilani Jahangir; grandchildren Natasha and Leah
Residence Lahore
Alma mater Punjab University (LL.B.)
Kinnaird College (BA)
Profession Lawyer, Human Rights Activist
Awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2010)
Martin Ennals Award (1995)
Ramon Magsaysay Award (2005)
Leo Eitinger Award (2002)
Four Freedoms Award (2010)
Right Livelihood Award, United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights (2018)
Nishan-e-Imtiaz (2018) (Posthumously)

Asma Jilani Jahangir (27 January 1952 – 11 February 2018) 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 works 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 Right Livelihood Award and the Four Freedoms Award in 2010 for promoting Religious Freedom.

Jahangir suffered from brain haemorrhage while going into cardiac arrest in Lahore on 11 February 2018 and died when was taken to the hospital at the age of 66.

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