WEB DESK: The first death anniversary of late human rights activist Asma Jahangir, who died of cardiac last year on 11th February, is being observed today.
Late Asma Jahangir was also recipient of the United Nation’s Human Rights Award 2018.
UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced the winners of the prestigious United Nations Prize.
The award is given to individuals and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The Human Rights Prize is awarded every five years, in accordance with a resolution of the General Assembly which was adopted in 1966.
Aasma became the fourth Pakistani woman to be awarded the UN Human Rights Prize. Before her, Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan (1978), Benazir Bhutto (2008) and Malala Yousufzai (2013) had been accorded the honour.
The renowned lawyer was passed away on February 11 in Lahore due to cardiac arrest. Asma, who was also the former president of Supreme Court Bar Association, was 66 years old. Born in 1952, Asma studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before receiving her B.A from Kinnaird College and LLB from the Punjab University in 1978.