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Death of Pak's human rights icon Asma great loss to world: US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The death of Pakistan's human rights activist is a great loss to the world, the US said today. Asma, 66, Pakistan's human rights of the country's powerful army, died of on Sunday in The funeral prayers were offered in today at the which was attended by thousands of mourners, including women. Her work in Pakistan, including as a founder and of the Human Rights Commission of and former of the Bar Association, and with the and groups such as the and the South Forum for Human Rights, made her a global icon in human rights, State Department said. We join and others around the world in mourning the untimely death of Pakistani human rights and democracy advocate, Jahangir, she said. For years, she courageously defended the rights of those who did not have a voice, and championed the rule of law, democracy, and human rights including freedom of religion or belief, Nauert said. Most recently she served as the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, tirelessly fighting on behalf of the Iranian people as they demanded freedom, dignity, and respect for human rights. As the third UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, she improved the worlds understanding of the plight of religious minorities worldwide through her in-depth research and sustained engagements and fought for the protection of the persecuted, Nauert said. Her death is a great loss to the world and she will be missed as a champion of her country, its people, and the millions more around the world on whose behalf she spoke, the State Department added. has received several awards including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz. She was also awarded a UNESCO/Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an d'honneur by She has also been an outspoken critic of the Pakistan's powerful military establishment, including during her tenure as the first-ever female of Pakistan's top bar association.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 00:15 IST
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