Rashid Rehman

Rashid Rehman was a 53 years old Pakistani lawyer who was fighting to defend the rights of Pakistani people. Rehman was a regional coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). While the group of lawyers denied defending the case of Mr Hafeez, because, according to Pakistani government, Mr Hafeez blasphemed the name of the prophet Mohamed, Rashid Rehman had the courage to handle the case and defend the rights of this latter.

His passion for the work and his determination to fight for human rights and freedom of expression had made him a hero of human right defenders as the senior of (HRCP) revealed “He was a dedicated activist from the very beginning. All his life, he was helping the downtrodden. He was fearless and never gave time to the threats. He would live for the struggle and die for the struggle.”

As also mentioned Rehman’s niece: “He was a man of devotion and spent his entire life working for the poor”. Indeed, Rehman dedicated his life in defending the most vulnerable and the voiceless in  Pakistan. His tireless work for peace and justice will remain in the history.


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Region:Asia Pacific

Country:Pakistan

Department/Province/State:Punjab

Nickname:no information

Sex1:Male

Age:53

Date of Killing:08/05/2014

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Lawyer

Organisation:Regional coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights

Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression

More information:Front Line Defenders

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