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Procedure : 2017/2723(RSP)
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Texts tabled :

RC-B8-0419/2017

Debates :

PV 15/06/2017 - 4.2
CRE 15/06/2017 - 4.2

Votes :

PV 15/06/2017 - 7.3

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0268

Debates
Thursday, 15 June 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

4.2. Pakistan, notably the situation of human rights defenders and the death penalty
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  Neena Gill, on behalf of the S&D Group . – Mr President, in 2014 the EU allowed Pakistan access to GSP+, an exceptional tool to help kick-start the economy, and which, crucially, encourages progress on improving human rights. It has proved its value in many countries, but I question whether this is the case in Pakistan. A Parliament delegation visited Pakistan in April and, from our meetings with government officials and civil society, it became glaringly clear that a lack of the rule of law permeates Pakistani society, and human rights are violated instead of advanced. In March 2017, military courts that can try civilians were reinstated for two more years. The basic rights of foreigners brought to trial are trampled on, with no access to consular rights. People who work for NGOs face harassment, arrest or, worse, death. How many people are on death row under the vague blasphemy laws? We do not know, because there is no transparency. Anyone going about their business can be accused of blasphemy and then lynched by mobs. Those who belong to vulnerable groups like the Ahmadis live their lives in fear, with no democratic rights, yet the government fails to protect them. It is high time to see real progress on human rights and the strengthening of the civil judiciary in Pakistan. If not, GSP+ has to be reviewed.

 
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