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Procedure : 2011/2946(RSP)
Forløb i plenarforsamlingen
Dokumentforløb : B7-0707/2011

Indgivne tekster :

B7-0707/2011

Forhandlinger :

PV 15/12/2011 - 13.2
CRE 15/12/2011 - 13.2

Afstemninger :

PV 15/12/2011 - 14.2

Vedtagne tekster :

P7_TA(2011)0591

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
PDF 132kDOC 75k
See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0702/2011
13.12.2011
PE479.406v01-00
 
B7-0707/2011

with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

pursuant to Rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure


on the Situation of Women in Afganistan and Pakistan


Véronique De Keyser, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Rovana Plumb on behalf of the S&D Group
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on the Situation of Women in Afganistan and Pakistan  
B7‑0707/2011

The European Parliament,

- having regard to its previous resolutions on Afghanistan, in particular its resolutions of 16 December 2010 on a new strategy for Afghanistan and of 24 April 2009 on women's rights in Afghanistan,

 

- having regard to its previous resolutions on Pakistan, in particular its resolutions of 19 May 2010 on religious freedom in Pakistan and of 9 July 2007 on Pakistan,

 

- having regard to its previous resolution of 16 December 2010 on the annual report of human rights in the world 2009 and the European Union's policy on the matter,

 

- having regard to the conclusions of 5 December 2011 of the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn,

 

- having regard to the remarks by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton of 5 December 2011 at the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn,

 

- having regard to the statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton of 20 February 2011 on the proposed legislation on women's shelters in Afghanistan,

 

- having regard to the conclusions on 18 July 2011 of the 3106th Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Afghanistan,

 

- having regard to the conclusions on 18 July 2011 of the 3106th Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Pakistan,

 

A. whereas ten years after the so-called Petersberg Conference on Afghanistan in 2001 in Bonn, which laid the foundation of the ongoing partnership between Afghanistan and the international community, substantial progress has been achieved towards a sovereign, peaceful, prosperous and democratic future of the country,

 

B. whereas the Afghan people, and especially Afghan women, never before have enjoyed comparable access to services, including education and health, or seen greater development of infrastructure across the country,

 

C. whereas improvements in security and the removal of restrictive practises from the Taleban era have led to advances in respect for women' rights and gender equality, including the establishment of a Ministry for Women's Affairs, a constitution granting women equal status to men, women representation in parliament and improved access to education,

 

 

 

D. whereas Afghanistan's constitution guarantees a quarter of parliament seats for women, whereas after the last elections, women garnered more seats that granted under the quota, whereas women now fill 9 percent of total decision making and policy positions within the Afghan government departments and ministries,

 

E. whereas Afghan women and girls continue to face endemic domestic violence, trafficking, forced marriages, including child marriages, and being traded in settlement of disputes, and whereas the police, courts and other justice sector officials seldom address women's complaints of abuses, including beating, raping and other sexual violence,

 

F. whereas in government controlled areas, women have greater access to education, health care and work opportunities, whereas in areas heavily affected by insurgent groups, women face significant discrimination in terms of access to education, health care and economic and cultural opportunities,

 

G. whereas punishment by stoning or physical disfigurement of women accused of violating the repressive social codes of the Taleban and other insurgent groups are still a common occurrence, and whereas Afghan women with public roles have faced increasing attacks over the past two years, particularly in areas under Taleban control or influence,

 

H. whereas the few already existing women's shelters have come under sustained political pressure intended to restrict their activity,

 

I. whereas the EU has reaffirmed its commitment to building a strong long-term partnership based on mutual interests and shared values with Pakistan, supporting Pakistan's democratic institutions and civilian government as well as civil society,

 

J. whereas the EU, while ready to pursue cooperation, counts on Pakistan to react to EU concerns, in particular in the field of security and human rights, including women's rights,

 

K. whereas Pakistan has a poor record of protecting its minorities and women against social injustice,

 

L. whereas after the military coup in 1977 in Pakistan, all fundamental rights guaranteed in the 1973 Constitution were suspended, including the right to be free of discrimination on the basis of sex,

 

M. whereas subsequently a series of laws were introduced codifying women's status as subordinate in law, including the Hudood Ordinances and the Law of Evidence which violate the status and rights of women,

 

N. whereas a number of other discriminatory laws against women exist in Pakistan which need to be revised, including the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, the West Pakistan Family Court Act, the Child Marriage Restraint Act, the West Pakistan Dowry (Prohibition on Display) Act and the Dowry and Bridal (Restriction) Act,

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan

 

1. Encourages the Afghan government to honour the ongoing partnership between Afghanistan and the international community agreed ten years ago at the Petersberg Conference in Bonn and to continue on the path towards a sovereign, peaceful, prosperous and democratic future of the country;

 

2. Welcomes the fact that Afghanis, especially women, have a far better access to services, including education and health, than ever before in the history of Afghanistan;

 

3. Fully supports the progress made in terms of security and the removal of restrictive Taleban practices with respect to women's rights and gender equality;

 

4. Acknowledges that the Afghan constitution grants women equal status to men, guarantees women a quarter of parliament seats and has allowed for the establishment of a Ministry for Women's Affairs; welcomes the fact that after the last election, women garnered more seats than granted under the quota and women now fill 9 percent of all decision making and policy positions within the Afghan government;

 

5. Is deeply concerned that, despite all progress made, Afghan women and girls continue to be victims of domestic violence, trafficking, forced marriages, including child marriages, and of being traded in settlement of disputes; urges the Afghan authorities to ensure that the police, courts and other justice sector officials follow up on women's complaints of abuses, including beating, raping and other sexual violence, as thoroughly and sincerely as they would do for men;

 

6. Calls on the Afghan authorities to secure the same level of access to education, health care and work, economic and cultural opportunities in areas heavily affected by insurgent groups as enjoy women in government controlled areas;

 

7. Is particularly worried that women in areas controlled by the Taleban or other insurgent groups continue to face punishment by stoning or physical disfigurement when accused of violating the repressive Taleban social codes; is deeply concerned that attacks against women in public office have increased during the past two years, especially in areas under Taleban control or influence;

 

8. Is concerned about changes to the regulation of women's protection shelters proposed by the Afghan government; recognizes that there is need to provide monitoring and oversight of the shelters and to set up standards and guidelines for their services; calls on the Afghan authorities to secure the continued and uninterrupted running of women's shelters and encourages the authorities to support the civil society organisations currently carrying out the work in women's shelters;

 

9. Urges the Afghan government to promote the protection of women's rights in Afghanistan in general;

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

 

10. Reiterates the commitment of the EU to build a strong long-term partnership based on mutual interests and shared values and supporting Pakistan's democratic institutions and civilian government as well as civil society;

 

11. Expects Pakistan to react to EU concerns in the field of security and human rights, in particular women's rights;

 

12. Notes with concern that Pakistan continues to have a poor record of protecting its minorities and women against social injustice;

 

13. Calls on the Pakistani government to re-introduce the fundamental rights of the 1973 constitution which were suspended after the military coup of 1977, including the right to be free of discrimination on the basis of sex;

 

14. Urges the government to review its legislation with regard to women's rights which was introduced after the military coup, in particular the Hudoo Ordinances and the Law of Evidence which violate the status and rights of women, making them subordinate in law;

 

15. Calls on the government to review a number of other discriminatory laws against women, namely the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, the West Pakistan Family Court Act, the Child Marriage Restraint Act, the West Pakistan Dowry (Prohibition on Display) Act and the Dowry and Bridal (Restriction) Act;

 

16. Urges the Pakistani government to promote the protection of women's rights in Afghanistan in general;

 

17. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States and the governments and parliaments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

 

 

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