Honouring the efforts of the lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jehangir, the French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud presented her with the award of ‘Officier de la Legion d’Honneur’ on Tuesday at a ceremony attended by diplomats, human rights activists and lawyers.
Speaking at the ceremony, Thiebaud said the French government recognised Jehangir for all her accomplishments. “It would be a bit preposterous to explain your contributions for the protection of human rights… you are recognised worldwide for the dedication to the promotion of human rights,” he added.
As a prominent lawyer, he said, Jehangir has been involved in putting up an effort for upholding rule of law in this country for quite some years now.
“I think I’m more notorious than famous,” said Jehangir.
Pakistan, she said, was also being recognised in another perspective, adding that we have our difficulties and horrible human rights problems.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2014.