Ansar Burney born August 14, 1956 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan is a leading
Pakistani human rights and
civil rights activist.
He is a
graduate of Master's and Law from Karachi University and honorary recipient of a PhD. in Philosophy.
Ansar Burney began the "Ansar Burney Welfare Trust", "Prisoners Aid
Society", and "Bureau of Missing and Kidnapped Persons" in Karachi.
Ansar Burney is accredited as being the first man to introduce the
concept of human rights
nearly 30 years ago. He and his organisation (the Ansar Burney
) are also accredited for securing the release of around
700,000 innocent prisoners from countries all around the world. One
such famous case includiung that of Mr Mohammad Akhtar who was
released from jail after 40 years due to the rape of his
Due to his outstanding achievements in the field of human and civil
rights, Ansar Burney was the first man to receive the Pakistani
National Civil Award
in the field of
human rights on 23 March 2002. And due to his two decade long international
campaign to end child slavery in the
Middle East in the form of child camel jockeys, Ansar Burney was
declared an 'Anti-Human Trafficking Hero' in the 2005 Trafficking
in Persons Report by the US State Department.
On November 16
, Ansar Burney was sworn in as Pakistan's caretaker Federal Minister
for Human Rights
. He will be the first man to head
the newly established Human Rights ministry
On March 27
was elected for a term of three years as one of the 18 members of
the United Nations
Council Advisory Committee and due to "his recognized experience in
the field of human rights and acknowledged competence and
impartiality, Burney received wide support from all regional groups
of the Council".
In 2008 he was listed in a poll by the The Financial Daily
as a favourite