Hina Jilani wins ABA human rights prize

Hina Jilani wins ABA human rights prizeThe International law section of the American Bar Association (ABA) has awarded Pakistani activist Hina ;Jilani ;the ;2008 ­International ;Human Rights Lawyer Award.

Jilani, who received the Editor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement at The Lawyer Awards 2008, co-founded Pakistan’s first all-female legal practice in 1980 and the country’s first free legal aid centre in 1983.

She recently finished an eight-year mandate as the UN special representative of the secretary-general on human rights defenders, travelling to 12 countries to investigate the persecution of human rights activists.

In November 2007 Jilani escaped arrest while on a visit to the UK after a state of emergency was declared and Pakistan’s judiciary sacked. Before returning to Pakistan Jilani raised support from the Law Society and led a demonstration at Downing Street.

To read an interview with Hina Jilani, click here, or listen to her in the July edition of The Lawyer Podcast.