Set honours human rights star

ASIA'S leading human rights lawyer has accepted an honorary door tenancy at 1 Pump Court.

Asma Jahangir, a former Secretary General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, joined the chambers at the beginning of January.

In Pakistan, she has acted in cases involving arranged marriages, as well as other areas of women's rights. As a result, Jahangir has received a number of death threats. She maintains a high profile in order to deter assassins.

The honorary tenancy means Jahangir will be able to use the chambers' facilities as a "legal home" when she visits London for conferences and other work. She has returned the favour by inviting 1 Pump Court barristers to Pakistan to observe a human rights trial.

Family law and human rights barrister Jane Hoyal, who met Jahangir through their membership of the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association, said it was an "honour" for the chambers to be able to support her work.

Hoyal said Jahangir was expected to visit London in two week's time.

In Pakistan, Jahangir is a founder member of both the Women's Action Forum and the Punjab Women Lawyer's Association.

She was awarded the ABA International Human Rights Award in 1992.