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There is still bad violence against women, discrimination against minorities and near-slavery for bonded laborers, Ms. Jahangir told AFP during an interview in 2014, but human rights have made greater strides in Pakistan than may be apparent.

Meanwhile, the Upper House of the Parliament - Senate - held a special condolence reference in memory of Asma Jahangir today.

For a women's rights organisation, Asma has built the framework that we operate in, carved the tools that we use to assert our rights and set the standards that we strive for.

Undaunted, she continued to raise the profile of human rights by taking up the cases of the poorest and most helpless people, setting up - with her sister, Hina Jilani - the first centre offering legal aid in Pakistan, the AGHS Legal Aid Cell.

They stayed from the court proceedings in Peshawar and other cities of the province in accordance with the decision of the Pakistan Bar Council and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council to mourn the noted lawyer's death. In 2016 she was appointed United Nations special rapporteur for human rights in Iran. In fact, Asma has faced death threats-once she had to send her family away to safety. "She embodied courageous support for journalists' fight for freedom, and will endure as a powerful symbol of freedom", he said. In a lecture at the London School of Economics (LSE) she says: "Religion and fear has been politicised so that they have played into electoral politics, into policies, into institutional discrimination..."

Later she became the first female president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

The event was organised by the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women in collaboration with the Women Development Department and civil society groups, including the Strengthening Participatory Organisation, the Health and Nutrition Development Society and NOW Communities.

During General Zia's rule, she was out on the street agitating against the inhuman aspects of Islamisation, which still haunt Pakistan. She worked with Indians like Urvashi Butalia, writing about the suffering Hindu and Muslim women of Kashmir. She was also the co-chair of South Asians for Human Rights.

In a condolence message to Asma's family, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research Executive Director Karamat Ali and its staff expressed their profound sorrow and grief. We owe it to Jahangir to continue fighting for human rights and democracy in Iran. It is thanks to people like her that the people of Iran know that they are not alone.

Repeatedly detained, assaulted and threatened with death, she never stopped combatting Pakistan's dictators, military and intelligence agencies with courage and determination, including as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan from 2010 to 2012, it added.

She started her career as an advocate at a high court.



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