Asma Jahangir, among three, was selected to a panel of experts, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced. —Online File photo
Asma Jahangir, among three, was selected to a panel of experts, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced. —Online File photo

UNITED NATIONS: Asma Jahangir, the former president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), has been nominated to a three-member panel to advise UN on alleged human rights violations committed during final stages of armed conflict in Sri Lanka.

Former president of Finland Maarti Ahtassari and former Governor-General and High Court judge of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright are other members of the distinguished panel of experts UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced on Wednesday.

“I am proud that three such distinguished experts have agreed to assist this important and challenging investigation,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

“Each of them brings not only great experience and expertise, but the highest standards of integrity, independence, impartiality and objectivity to this task,” she added in a press statement.

The Sri Lankan government declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people.

Published in Dawn, June 26th, 2014

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Jun 26, 2014 06:29am

I am a great admirer of Asma. She is honest, totally unafraid and a real patriot. Pakistan needs people like her and not the warmongers.

Jun 26, 2014 06:44am

Good for Asma. But where were these human rights people, when anti state elements were killing Sri Lankan people. Sri Lanka Successfully managed to deal with this terrorism.

Roy khan
Jun 26, 2014 07:56am

First take care of local human right violation than represent others. . Get the jailed TTP-ians, remain in jail for life. If you hv guts sit out and demand the justice. Think of those who survived to live with stigma. ..

Jun 26, 2014 07:57am

im fan of asma jehangir.she is ray of hope for all oppressed people around the globe..may Allah Almighty give her long and healthy life.

Jun 26, 2014 08:51am

Great honor fully deserved -- Asma is the conscience of an egalitarian Pakistan.

Jun 26, 2014 08:58am

Sri Lanka is our ally. She should have refused the job.

Jun 26, 2014 09:13am


Have you heard story (History)?

In the beginning, there were kings, one king ruling tamils in the north of that Island, and another sinhala kin ruling the sinhalese.

Then came the dutch & british, they defeated/subjugated those kings, joined two unequal populations under one administration, they ruled and plundered the wealth.

And after many years those occupiers left that island, but didn't care about splitting the two people groups as it was before. And so the "majority people" (sinhalese) now used a tool called "democracy" and won all the presidential elections, and the minority was not represented in the judicial/police/millitary/political leadership. Thus came armed resistance which was always refered as terrorism. People need more wisdom.

Moral of the story for Pak: Respect baluchi,sindhi etc; include other languages in your constitution(that is respect for those communities). Don't label all resistance as terrorism, include others in the power structure e.g was there baluchi president/priminister/army chief? sindhi? (I dn't know)

Moral of the story for India: Respect all identities in your country; don't impose your language and "promote" that; when Asamese come to Delhi don't call them chinese. If possible include more language to recognized category. When you hear about ressistance (like naxalite) check if it because India's resources are allocated more to hindi belt/delhi rather than people living in hinterlands. Many indian communities are represented in indian power/civil institutions which is good.

Jun 26, 2014 09:51am

Have nothing to say about fate of Tamil Tiger rebels, but we should hope Ms.Asma Jehangir will remember, at every stage of the investigation, the screams of those 40,000 innocent women and little children and infants before they were bombed to death in the drenches by the Sri Lankan army.

A Rehman
Jun 26, 2014 10:42am

OK, God help Sri Lanka.

Jun 26, 2014 12:39pm

Great news.

Jun 26, 2014 04:11pm

I read it as "Asma nominated to UN team on human rights, abuses in Sri Lanka"

human being
Jun 27, 2014 03:38am

@Ayan on human rights abuses, in srilanka