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TitlePakistani Lawyer Jahangir to Speak at USD
ContactMelissa Wagoner
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The University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice will host Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir on September 27 as the next speaker in the Joan B. Kroc Distinguished Lecture series. This year’s series focuses on “The Negotiators” who work in challenging conflict situations to build consensus for human rights and peace.

Jahangir has fought to defend the human rights of women, religious minorities and laborers in Pakistan for over 40 years, both in and out of the courtroom. On the international level, Jahangir has served as U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions for the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (1998-2004) and U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief for the U.N. Human Rights Council (2004-2010).

Her lecture, entitled “Walking Together for Freedom,” will draw on her expertise
as two-term chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and first woman president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Jahangir will explore the links between domestic human rights in Pakistan and the reduction of Indo-Pakistani tensions.

This lecture is the keynote address for the Women PeaceMakers Conference, “Breaking Barriers: What it will take to achieve security, justice and peace” from September 26 – 28.

“Women have played a key role in people-to-people dialogue in Pakistan and in the region,” Jahangir explains. “This is a wonderful example of women breaking cultural, religious and national barriers to build peace.”

The Joan B. Kroc Distinguished Lecture Series is a forum for high-level national and international leaders and policy makers to share their knowledge and perspectives on issues related to peace and justice. Designed to broaden our understanding and thinking about how to prevent and resolve conflict and promote peace with justice, the series is made possible by an endowment from the late Joan B. Kroc.

This event is open to the public and press. Reservations are required at

WHO: Asma Jahangir:
Former Chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan

WHAT: Asma Jahangir will present a lecture entitled, “Walking Together for Freedom,” followed by a question-and-answer period.

WHERE: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7 p.m.

leading change at USD