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Parliamentary questions
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11 July 2017
Question for written answer E-004647-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Charles Tannock (ECR)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Religious minorities in Pakistan
 Answer in writing 

Discrimination against religious minorities in Pakistan is increasingly featuring in the media, with cases of blasphemy law contraventions receiving international attention. A recent job advertisement in the Greater Hyderabad municipality has caused further concern to those campaigning for the rights of religious minorities. The advert is for the position of a sanitary worker, and applications are only invited from non-muslims who must swear on their holy book that they will only work as a sanitary worker and ‘will not refuse to carry out the role’. Such discriminatory practices are not unusual.

Could the Vice-President/High Representative comment on what action is being taken to promote values of religious tolerance and equal opportunity for all faiths with respect to EU engagement with Pakistan?

Will the Vice-President/High Representative arrange for EEAS officials in the EU Delegation in Islamabad to investigate these discriminatory practices and seek to assist the Pakistani Government in any way possible to better protect and support religious minorities?

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