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Hina Jilani    

Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; Member of The Elders, a Group Founded by Nelson Mandela

Hina Jilani is a member of The Elders, a group of independent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

In addition, Hina Jilani is a pioneering lawyer and human rights defender. As an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, she has conducted many landmark cases setting new human rights standards in the country. She created Pakistan’s first all-women law firm and co-founded Pakistan’s first legal aid centre. She also founded its national Human Rights Commission and the Women’s Action Forum, a prominent pressure group at the heart of Pakistan’s democracy movement. She was the first Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders from 2000 to 2008.

Hina is currently the President of the World Organisation Against Torture and co-chairs the World Refugee Council and the International Task Force on Justice.

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