Human Rights Organisations pay tribute to Salman Taseer, others in Germany

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer gave up his life while protecting Pakistani society from intolerance and injustice. He was killed by one of his police guards while he was Governor of the Punjab.

German organisation Wahrheitskämper (Truth Fighters) and Amnesty International premiered a sketch and brief history of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, who was killed by one of his police guards on Jan. 4, 2011, in his honour for his contributions to human rights and equality.

A German artist Steff Murschetz made the sketch of Salmaan Taseer which was put on display Amnesty International at world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

Human rights organisations arrange fairs every year in Germany to educate people across the globe about threats to freedom of expression and worldwide struggles for human equality and rights.

Sacrifices of journalists, their imprisonment, defenders of human rights, or anyone who lost their lives or put their life at risk to protect freedom of expression, human freedom, democratic values or marginalised communities are highlighted at the book fair.

This year’s stall carried sketches of journalists and rights activists with a brief history of their works and sacrifices for humankind, and one of them was late Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer who gave up his life while protecting Pakistani society from intolerance and injustice.

Amnesty International’s regional Chief Monika Wittkowsky talking to the media said, the rights organisations felt proud exhibiting the tribute to the brave journalists and defenders of rights.

A large number of people and journalists from different parts of the world thronged to the Amnesty stall and exhibition.