Syed Ansar Ahmed Burney is the resident of Karachi and is the son of Syed Mukhtar Ahmed Burney. He has two sons, one daughter and a grandchild. He was born on 14 August 1956. He is a leading and renowned human rights and civil rights activist of Pakistan. During 1970, in his youth, he was a prominent student and a student leader of People’s Student Federation and was known for raising his voice for justice and civil rights. In 1977 at the age of 20 Ansar Burney was arrested by the military government for delivering a speech in favor of democracy and by the Martial Law Court, he was sentenced to eight months prison. Again, in 1978 and 1979 he was arrested by the Martial Law Court and was sent to the prison.
During his imprisonment, he noticed the miserable condition of prisoners and came to knew about many prisoners who were in jail without appearing in court for many years. He completed his Law Degree and soon after that founded “Prisoners Aid Society” and the “Bureau of Missing and Kidnapped Children” in Karachi and then in 1980 he established the Ansar Burney Trust International and set up the offices in Peshawar, Mirpur, Quetta, Islamabad, London and Washington D.C.
The Trust he established is a non-governmental, non-profitable and non-political organization that was formally established to work for welfare of prisoners and to trace the missing and kidnapped children. However, now this organization id working for almost all the human rights including the human trafficking.
Ansar Burney currently working as the chairperson of his own organization that is known as Ansar Burney Trust International that was established in 1980. He also served as Pakistan’s caretaker Federal Minister for Human Rights on 16 November 2007. He visited 25 prisons and mental asylum as a Federal Minister and released many innocent prisoners including the seven years old children. On 27 March 2007, he was elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council and worked there as expert advisor for the term of three years.
He also announced the anti corruption movement in Pakistan on 22 August 2011 in Pakistan.
Ansar Burney is considered the first man in Pakistan to introduce the notion of human rights. By the Junior Chamber International (JCI) in 1999 honored by the Outstanding Young Person of the World Award in the recognition of his work in the area of human rights at a young age. On 23 March 2002, he was awarded by the Sitara-e-Imtiaz that is a National Civil Award of Pakistan. By US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rica and in 2005 by the US State Department in Trafficking in Persons Report, he was titled as an “Anti-Human Trafficking Hero” in the recognition of his international campaign that was two decades long to end the child slavery in Middle East as child camel jockeys and against human trafficking.
More than 250 national and international awards have been presented to Ansar Burney in the last three decades in the recognition of extraordinary work for human rights in all over the world.