Name: Syed Ansar Ahmed Burney
Occupation: Human and Civil Rights Activist
Date of Birth: 14 August, 1956
Website: Ansar Burney Trust
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Ansar Burney is a renowned human and civil rights activist from Pakistan. He is a graduate of Master's and Law from Karachi University and an honorary recipient of a PhD. in Philosophy,
Ansar has always cherished his country and people and has vowed to fight against all injustices, cruel inhuman and demeaning treatment, child abuse, torture towards women and other forms of human oppressions, happening in the country.
In 1980, he founded the “Ansar Burney Trust”, which is Paksitan’s first organization to introduce true human and civil rights. He is a humanitarian who believes in one motto only: equal treatment of all humans.
He also inaugurated the "Prisoners Aid Society", and "Bureau of Missing and Kidnapped Persons" in Karachi. Ansar and his organization (the Ansar Burney Trust) are also accredited for safely securing the release of around 700,000 innocent prisoners detained and trapped in countries all around the world.
Ansar was awarded with the first Pakistan National Civil Award Sitara-i-Imtiaz in the field of human rights, on March 23, 2002. Due to his global campaign, to end child slavery in U.A.E in the form of child camel jockeys, he was titled as an ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Hero’ in the 2005 ‘Trafficking in Persons Report’ by the US State Department. He is also has an authority on human rights in the Middle East.
In 2007, Ansar took oath as Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights and was the first man to head the ministry.
In 2008, he was elected for a term of three years as one of the 18 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee. He was also listed in a poll by The Financial Daily as a favourite personality the same year.
In 2011, he made tremendous efforts to rescue and retrieve 22 hostages that included Pakistanis, Indians, Egyptians and Sri Lankans, from the captivity of Somalian pirates who had demanded $2.1 million as ransom for their freedom.
Ansar is married to Shaheen and has three children – sons Fahad and Raheel, and daughter Sana.