Karachi lawyer, Muneer Malik conferred Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

Muneer MalikThe May 18 Memorial Foundation in Gwangju, Korea proclaimed Mr. Muneer A. Malik a Karachi based practicing lawyer as the winner for the 2008 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights and the award will be conferred to Mr. Muneer A. Malik on May 18th 2008 in a ceremony to commemorate the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising (Wikipedia: Gwangju Massacre) The prize award includes a gold medal, a certificate of achievement and US $ 50,000.00.

Gwangju PrizeMr. Muneer A. Malik was the former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association who has played an enormous role in the struggle of the lawyers, judges and the rest of the citizens of Pakistan for the independence of the judiciary. Under his leadership he was able to mobilize lawyers and the people to fight the repression imposed by President Musharraf when he declared an emergency and ousted several chief justices and judges. In the 1980’s Mr. Malik had been in the forefront of the struggle against the military rule of then President Zia Ul Haq. Mr. Malik was recipient of the 2006 Dorab Patel Award given by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights is an award given to individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace in their work. The award is given by the Gwangju people in the spirit of solidarity and gratitude from those whom they have received help in their struggle for democratization and search for truth.

Links: 518 International Solidarity Blog | 5-18 Memorial Foundation | Teeth Maestro

3 Comments so far

  1. MB (kar_munib) on April 18th, 2008 @ 10:42 am

    Well done Munir A Malik, you deserved it.

    Munir A Malik along with Aitzaz Ahsan, Rtd. Justice Tariq Mehmood,Ali Ahmad Kurd, Athar Minallah, Hamid Khan will be remembered as the hero’s of the Justice Movement in Pakistan.

    Mujahid Barelvi once gave him real tough time on CNBC Pakistan in his interview on CJP issue but his arguments and logical explanations with simple examples made me his fan. He really is very intelligent and the best part, very very soft spoken person.

    The KHI-terrorist did their best to terrorize him and i had done a post on him in 2007.
    http://karachi.metblogs.com/2007/11/28/tortured-terrorized-but-not-silenced-munir-a-malik-speaks/
    His health is no more what it used to be but his resolve is still same.

    KARACHI is proud of you Mr. Malik.

    While there are some black sheep’s among lawyers too, its their leadership that has bounded them and provided them vision. Whenever ever the anti-lawyers criticize any minor act ( few times major) they forget that these lawyers have risked their bread and butter for a greater cause, they forget that these lawyers didnt come from heaven and they are from the same ILL society, corrupt society, dishonest society plagued with many evils. Considering this in mind, they have done an excellent job till now.

    They just need to control their emotions especially when establishment is at its best in playing with their sensitivities and making plans to discredit them, few of which we recently seen


  2. Afreen (afreen) on April 18th, 2008 @ 10:57 am

    He is truly deserving this award! Good post, Awab!


  3. Faisal.K (faisalk) on April 18th, 2008 @ 11:04 am

    Muneer A Malik suffered a lot while in captivity.

    It is good that someone has appreciated his heroic efforts in this landmark movement.



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