The Elders mourn the death of Asma Jahangir

The Elders' statement on the untimely death of Pakistani lawyer and internationally respected human rights defender Asma Jahangir.

"She spoke truth to power, and power was forced to listen." –Kofi Annan.

Asma Jahangir (Credit: UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré)

The Elders are deeply saddened at the untimely death of Pakistani lawyer and human rights defender Asma Jahangir. 

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Citizen power can generate the political will for Universal Health Coverage

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Good evening my dear friends,

After all we have listened to during the day and here this evening, the different personal stories, it is extremely difficult to conclude and to make this closing statement.

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“The slave auctions in Libya are a horrifying symptom of the failure both to agree international response mechanisms to large flows of people, and to ensure that the human rights of all people on the move are protected.” –Hina Jilani
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"Women continue to face appalling levels of prejudice and discrimination at every level of society."
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The Elders call for restraint and reforms after Kenyan elections

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Resilience creates results: why human rights defenders persist

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“If today there is still a commitment towards human rights and a recognition of these rights as a universal value, it is because of human rights defenders.” –Hina Jilani

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Social Inclusion: What Does It Mean for Health Policy and Practice?

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Gro Harlem Brundtland at the PMAC 2017 Conference in Bangkok.

Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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