Asma Jahangir, Renowned Human Rights Defender, Dies: Her Visit To and Report On Jamaica In 2003


Here are some thoughts from human rights defender Susan Goffe on the passing of Asma Jahangir, who visited Jamaica some 15 years ago. “You knock, and you knock, and you knock, and you knock, and you knock, and one day they are going to hear.”

Right Steps & Poui Trees

Asma JahangirI was saddened to learn on Sunday of the sudden death of Asma Jahangir, the remarkable Pakistani lawyer and human rights advocate, who died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Ms Jahangir was a courageous human rights defender, who had great impact within her own country, as well as internationally in a number of capacities and on a number of issues.

A United Nations release titled “World loses a ‘human rights giant,’ says UN chief on death of rights expert Asma Jahangir” spoke about her work and included comments from the Secretary General’s statement on Sunday:

“We have lost a human rights giant,” said Mr. Guterres in a statement.

“Asma was brilliant, deeply principled, courageous and kind […] She will not be forgotten,” he added, expressing his condolences to Ms. Jahangir’s family, friends and colleagues, including in the UN and civil society.

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