Ansar Burney is a Pakistani lawyer and activist widely known for introducing the concept of human rights in Pakistan. In 1980, he established the Prisoners Aid Society, which was later changed to Ansar Burney Trust, and since then, he has helped release over 900,000 people from illegal confinement. He has advocated for victims of human trafficking, bonded labour, and other forms of exploitation. Ansar Burney has confronted injustice globally, bringing light to the world’s darkest corners. He has fought for the rights of the oppressed, the abandoned, and the forgotten. He is not concerned with borders, creed, or politics; his driving force is justice.
Burney’s relentless efforts brought an end to the use of child camel jockeys in the Middle East, for which he was honoured as an Anti-Human Trafficking Hero by the US State Department. He later served as Pakistan’s first-ever Minister of Human Rights and was also elected unopposed as an Expert Advisor on Human Rights in the United Nations. Ansar Burney has won over 250 awards, including the Outstanding Young Person of the World Award, Paul Harris Fellow Award, Mother Teresa Memorial Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Hilal-e-Imtiaz.