Jahangir was also the co-chair of South Asians for Human Rights. She was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions and later as the UN Rapporteur of Freedom of Religion or Belief.
The activist was put under house arrest and later imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the movement for the restoration of political and fundamental rights during the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq.
She was again put under house arrest in November 2007 after the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan.
Jahangir has represented several clients who were denied their fundamental rights and defended cases of minorities, women and children in prisons.
She penned two books: "Divine Sanction? The Hadood Ordinance" (1988) and "Children of a Lesser God: Child Prisoners of Pakistan" (1992).
Jahangir received several national awards, including the Sitara-I-Imtiaz in 1995.
In recognition of her services in the field of human rights, Jahangir was awarded the American Bar Association International Human Rights Award in 1992, the Martin Ennals Award and the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1995.
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