5th Asma Jahangir Conference to be held in Lahore on April 27-28

National5th Asma Jahangir Conference to be held in Lahore on April 27-28

LAHORE, Pakistan: The Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell (AGHS) will be hosting the Asma Jahangir Conference (AJCONF) on April 27 and 28, 2024 at the Faletti’s Hotel in Lahore.

The two-day event, titled ‘People’s Mandate: Safeguarding Civil Rights in South Asia’, is being organized in collaboration with the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Pakistan Bar Council (PBC).


Azam Nazir Tarar, Law and Justice Minister alongside justices of the Supreme Court and High Courts in Pakistan and ambassadors representing Europe, the UK and Norway will participate in the Opening Ceremony.

Politicians including Yusuf Raza Gilani, Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Abdul Malik Baloch, Akhtar Mengal, Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, Farooq Naek, Nafisa Shah, Shehla Raza, Khurram Dastagir, Baba Jan, Taj Haider, Farhatullah Babar, Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Ayesha Raza Farooq, Raheela Durrani, Suraiya Bibi, and Samar Bilour will be speaking at the event.5th Asma Jahangir Conference to be held in Lahore on April 27-28

Justice L.T.B Dehideniya, former judge of the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka and chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, with Justice Markandey Katju, former judge of the Supreme Court of India, former Justice of the High Court of Denmark Frederick Waage, former Attorney General Irfan Qadir, Justice (Retired) Nasira Iqbal, President Sindh High Court Association Salahuddin Ahmed, and other panelists will discuss legal issues across South Asia and in the Middle East.

Political and social analysts such as Michael Kugelman (US), Mehbouba Seraj (Afghanistan) and Roshmi Goswami and Syeda Hamid (India) will provide insights and commentary on the recent elections held across South Asia.

Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Shawan Jabarin of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq; peace activist from West Bank, Palestine, Reverend Munther Isaac Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, and Cecilia Bailet UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and International Solidarity will speak on the current Gaza crisis and the breach of international law.

Amongst high profile speakers are Patricia Gossman, Associate Director (Asia division) Human Rights Watch, John Cushnahan, former Member of the European Parliament, Reem Alsalem of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Girls, Frederik Rawski, Head of Human Rights Policy APAC, Meta, Tomas Fernandez Villazala Expert in Criminology and Head of the Hate Crimes National Office in Spain and Diego Solana Gimenez Lawyer and Foreign Affairs International Advisor, World Jurist Association Spain.

Prominent Pakistani and foreign journalists including Owen Bennett Jones will attend the conference to discuss issues related to freedom of expression and digital rights.

Discussions on the rights of women and the transgender community will take place at the Conference along with conversations addressing issues of nationalism and climate change – pressing topics of today.

The event is set to feature approximately 22 sessions with over 80 speakers from diverse backgrounds—senior high court justices, legal experts, ambassadors, media personnel, and human rights activists—will participate in the moot.

Notably, the Conference will welcome more than 100 practicing female lawyers from bar councils and associations nationwide.

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