A Person who introduced True Human Rights in Pakistan – Ansar Burney

Everybody has the right to protection from all forms of violence caused by reason of their race, color, language, sex, religion, political, national or social origins. Having a different belief system doesn’t mean they are inferior. We all are Humans and the “borders” and “boundaries” are no more than what we make them. We were all born Equal.
International Ambassador for Peace and Human Rights, Mr Ansar Burney, the first man to introduce true human rights in Pakistan. Burney believes that, Human rights are standards that allow all people to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice, and peace. Every person has these rights simply because they are human beings.
They are guaranteed to everyone without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status. Human rights are essential to the full development of individuals and communities. Countries often incorporate human rights in their own national, state, and local laws.
He founded several organizations to combat several of the injustices he had witnessed first-hand. At the same time, he set up the Ansar Burney Welfare Trust, which has become a network of organizations, which have tirelessly pursued human rights in a variety of areas with the establishment of the “Prisoners Aid Society” in 1980. Involved in bringing reforms in Police Stations, Prisons and Mental Institutions; and work for the aid, advice, release, rehabilitation and welfare of the illegally and unlawfully detained prisoners and mental patients.
As a result of his continued and selfless efforts for the past so many years, Mr. Burney has so far been able to secure release of more than 900,000 (Nine hundred thousand) innocent prisoners who were illegally imprisoned in Pakistan and abroad; some released after as much as 50 to 55 years of illegal confinement.
Mr. Burney was honored as a “TIP Report Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery” in recognition of his efforts to combat human trafficking. Mr. Burney invested an incredible amount of time and energy into combatting, preventing, and spreading awareness about the enslavement, and mistreatment, of children for the purposes of camel racing. Successfully tracing out around 300,000 (Three hundred thousand) children through his Bureau of Missing Persons who were safely delivered to their families. These include children who were set free from bounded labour camps, underage child camel jockeys and young girls who had been sold away or trafficked for prostitution. The State Department of the United States of America declared and awarded an award of ‘International Human Rights Hero’ to Mr Ansar Burney that was presented to Mr Ansar Burney by the Secretary of State.
On 23rd March 2002, he was conferred with Pakistan’s National Civil Award “Sitar-i-Imtiaz”, the first national award in the history of Pakistan in the field of human rights. Mr Ansar Burney was declared an ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Hero’ in 2005 “by the United States, State Department. Ansar Burney, in March 2008, elected as Expert Adviser on Human Rights in the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee at Geneva, one out of 18 elected from throughout the world.
In 2007, Ansar Burney was sworn in as Pakistan Federal Minister for Human Rights to head the newly established Human Rights Ministry of Pakistan, first such ministry in the history of Pakistan. He managed the Human Rights Ministry with a sense of duty and great passion. Attended hundreds of National and International conferences, groups and forums. In recognition of his great human and civil rights work, he has received well over 200 awards and medals from home as well as from abroad. Ansar Burney is the only Pakistani conferred with the ‘Most Influential Human Rights Defender Award’ by the Asian Human Rights Council and All India Council of Human Rights Liberties and Social Jusitce.
Burney, while referring to his recent visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir, also brought in the notice of AJK President that there is no Gynecologist in District Headquarter Hospital Authmaqam leaving the women of the area to face serious health-related problems, especially during intense weather conditions when roads are blocked.
Ansar Burney said that more or less 300 Pakistani and Kashmiri women went to Occupied Kashmir with their Kashmiri husbands under this policy and later they were denied citizenship rights and also barred from returning to the homes of their parents.
Burney appreciated the role of the president and the AJK government for the provision of necessary facilities to vulnerable people living along LoC and also commended the efforts of state government for the measures being taken by it for protection of lives and properties of the civil population at LOC.

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