Asma Jahangir calls on J&K leaders

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Published on The Hindu, by Luv Puri, March 8, 2008.

Jammu: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jahangir, who is on a fact-finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir, called on Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday. The visit has attracted attention in the State and across the country as this is a rare occasion when the Centre has allowed a U.N. rapporteur to make a field assessment in Jammu and Kashmir. Ms. Jahangir, a prominent human rights activist of Pakistan, arrived on Thursday and met leaders of political parties, human rights activists and cultural groups. She visited the office of the National Conference and met its political brass. She also had a meeting with Gujjar leaders …

… She said: One must have a bigger perspective of the verdict of the Pakistan elections. It is not just a verdict for change in the political leadership of the country. People have voted with a specific agenda and the political elite of Pakistan must honour that verdict. Human rights institutions need to be strengthened in Pakistan. One must draw a distinction between democracy and governance. Governance is also important in a democratic system in ensuring human rights are not violated. (full text).


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New Delhi Mar.19 (ANI): UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Asma Jahangir, visited the National Human Rights Commission in New Delhi today … (full text).

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