Hina Jilani has been a member of The Elders since 2013. She is a pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner, a leading activist in Pakistan’s women’s movement and an international champion of human rights.
Hina Jilani is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In this capacity she has conducted many landmark cases, setting new standards in Pakistan for the rights of women, minorities, children, and prisoners – including political prisoners.
She created Pakistan’s first all-women law firm and co-founded Pakistan’s first legal aid centre. She also founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Pakistan’s Women Action Forum, a prominent women’s rights group whose campaigns have been at the heart of the democracy movement in the country. She was the first Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders from 2000 to 2008.
Hina Jilani has also served as a member of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, appointed by the United Nations Security Council, 2004; a member of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism appointed by the International Commission of Jurists, 2006-2008; and a member of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Gaza, April 2009.