Asma Jehangir - a Celebration

Asma Jehangir - a Celebration

Charter Chambers Presents

An Evening to Celebrate the Life And Work of
Asma Jehangir

Friday, 23rd February 2018
6 PM (Registration from 5.30 PM).

Asma Jehangir, who passed away aged 66 on 11 February 2018, was hailed internationally as a legendary human rights defender. A fearless and principled lawyer, she had a reputation for speaking truth to power and defending the weak and the marginalized in Pakistan where secular voices have continuously been under threat.

Asma Jehangir was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and was the current UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. Previously, from 1998 to July 2004, she was the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and from August 2004 to July 2010, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. She was the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and was a co-founding Chairperson of the country’s Human Rights Commission.


Kamal Azfer, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. A former Minister of State, senior diplomat and Governor of Sindh, he will be speaking about Asma Jehangir’s opposition to military rule, contribution to human rights in Pakistan and role in the Black Coats movement which helped end General Musharraf’s tenure as President of Pakistan.

Kirsty Brimelow QC is Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee and will be speaking about Asma Jehangir’s legacy internationally.

Nadia Rehman, Amnesty International, will be speaking in her personal capacity about the state of Minority Rights in Pakistan. She will be speaking about what lawyers and NGOs in the UK can do to support the work of domestic lawyers in Pakistan on key human rights issues. Nadia Rahman is a human rights campaigner and advocate. She works at Amnesty International as their Relief and Protection Manager, and has previously worked as Amnesty’s Pakistan Campaigner (until late 2017) and Campaigner on their Global Torture Campaign. She’s qualified as an Attorney in the State of New York, and has previously worked for Reprieve, BBC, Media Action and Equality Now.

The evening will be chaired by Nicholas Rhodes QC, Joint Head of Chambers.

Venue: Charter Chambers, 33 John Street, London WC1N 2AT