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Human Rights Icon Asma Jahangir Passes Away

“Today we have been orphaned,” was one of the first messages that I received as the news of the death of long-time human rights activist Asma Jahangir became public. The message was from a rights activist in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in northwest Pakistan. In the following hours messages poured in: former brick kiln bonded laborers from Punjab, families of victims of extrajudicial killings in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), landless peasants in Sindh, religious minorities, even politicians – all devastated. The sense of loss is being expressed globally, from activists in India and Bangladesh,…

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