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Parliamentary questions
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21 March 2019
E-001448-19
Question for written answer E-001448-19
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Liliana Rodrigues (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Pakistan's GSP+ status
 Answer in writing 

Pakistan is ranked as one of the worst countries to be female, with gross violations of women’s and children’s rights being committed on a regular basis. The country has nevertheless benefitted from the European Union’s Generalised System of Preference Plus (GSP+) since 2014.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed serious concerns regarding the prevalence of violence against children in Pakistan, including torture and ill treatment by the Pakistani police and security forces, in addition to sexual abuse and other harmful practices.

In the light of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s clear failure to comply with UN instruments protecting women and children and the ILO conventions on forced labour and child labour, could the VP/HR:
1. Explain why Pakistan has been allowed to maintain its GSP+ status;
2. Make Pakistan’s scorecards on women’s and children’s rights available;
3. Disclose any evidence of the positive impact that the GSP+ has had on gender rights in Pakistan?
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