Ansar Burney is a very famous and well known name in the among the people working for the human rights. Ansar Burney is the man from Karachi, Pakistan working for human rights for decades and is the chairperson of his own welfare trust internationally known as Ansar Burney Welfare Trust (ABWT). Ansar Burney, in 1980, after completing his law degree established his welfare that initially worked for the prisoners that were in the miserable condition and were being treated in a non-human way in the jails that he noticed his three times stay in the jail. He was first imprisoned in the year 1977 then in 1978 and 1979 for raising his voice against Martial Law and in the favor of democracy.
The trust initially started his mission by establishing “Prisoners Aid Society”, “Bureau of Missing and Kidnapped Children” and “Ansar Burney Welfare Trust” in Karachi, Pakistan in 1980 and eventually established the offices of his organization the main cities of Pakistan like Quetta, Peshawar, Islamabad and Mirpur and internationally in Washington D.C. and London.
The organization that took its initiative to help the people in prisons, mental asylums and were missing or kidnapped, today, covers almost all the areas of human rights. It is a non-governmental, non-profitable and a non-political organization. Vision of this trust is to raise voice against injustice and inhuman treatment regardless of race, gender, religion and nation. Ansar Burney welfare trust is also working to spread the awareness against all kinds of inhuman treatments.
Due to the efforts of ABWT Prisoner Aid Society, in these three decades around 600,000 innocent prisoners who were illegally kept in the jails and mental asylums were released. Many of them were children who were born in the jails and mental asylums and some were imprisoned for more than 50 years. In many remote parts of Pakistan ABWT raised awareness of human rights and successfully closed down the women markets (mandis) and forced child labor camps.
Collecting the data of Pakistani prisoners in the different jails of world because of some misunderstanding is an astonishing success of ABWT and due to effort of ABWT; many of them were released and brought back to Pakistan. Ansar Burney Welfare Trust also worked and showed concern to end the child slavery in Middle East in the form of Child Camel Jockeys as a result of which thousands of children kidnapped from South Asia and Africa were freed and returned to their homes.
Today the focus areas of Ansar Burney Welfare Trust are Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights, Persons Released, Human Trafficking, Forced Labor, Humanitarian Aid and Relief Activities and Free Legal and Advice Services.