South Asians for Human Rights Pay Tribute to Asma
A South Asian Champion for Human Rights.
18 Aug 2018
Mr. I A Rehman, a life-long colleague of Asma and a leading human rights defender from Pakistan, said that one critical challenge to human rights defenders is that we are struggling without Asma Jahangir. He said “what greater tribute can be paid to her than thousands of human rights defenders across the world are missing her tremendously and they feel that the journey is much harder without her.”
SAHR Chairperson, Sultana Kamal, presented Asma Jahangir’s daughter and prominent journalist, Munizae Jahangir, with a book compiled by the South Asian Human Rights defenders paying tributes to Asma Jahangir. Munizae Jahangir said Asma always believed in building linkages between the human rights community to defend those marginalized effectively. She said that Asma Jahangir fought for the dignity of South Asians and that her spirit will live on through her legal aid cell and the Asma Jahangir Foundation, which will support causes she championed for.
The tributes were followed by a reception and the event was attended by civil society of Sri Lanka and leading activists from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Pakistan High Commission representative in Colombo, Intisar Ahmad Sulehry, also attended the event.
The participants resolved to carry the mission of Asma forward with the same courage and resilience she had displayed in her life.