In open letter to PM Imran, EU Parliamentarians seek end to ‘persecution of religious minorities’

Says EU Parliament may suspend subsidies, trade preferences to Pakistan in case of ICCPR Convention violation


News Desk May 02, 2019
EU parliamentarian Marijana Petir: PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Over 50 members of the European Parliament, in a written letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, expressed concerns and sought assurances that the persecution of religious minorities would cease immediately.

The European parliamentarians reminded the premier that oppressing minorities is a violation of the United National treaty on Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

It further explained and ICCPR Convention is part of the 27 core conventions set out as a prerequisite criteria for the EU’s GSP-Plus status of which Pakistan is a beneficiary.

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The letter added that continued violation of the ICCPR Convention may compel EU to call on the European Commission to suspend all subsidies and trade preferences to Pakistan.



“Today’s Pakistan is far removed from being the country that its founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had envisaged. Jinnah had always insisted that Pakistan would be a Muslim majority State where people from all religions, whether Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Ahmadis or Shias, would be treated equally,” read the letter.

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It said, “Over the last seven decades, successive governments in Pakistan have contributed to implementing discriminatory systems that have resulted in political, economic and social persecution of religious minorities, which have encouraged acts of violence against them by radical Islamic groups.”

The letter cited the case of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who was sentenced to death row on blasphemy charges but was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2018.

The EU Parliament members urged Pakistan to take measures to dismantle the structures (constitutional and institutional) that resulted in the targeting of religious minorities in the country.

COMMENTS (3)

mubarak majeed- | 2 years ago | Reply The UN of the West and ICJ in the West were rarely concerned what happened in the East. The issues (religious and others) were unattended or unresolved for more than 50 years. It was high time we had a UN in the East and get the issues of the eastern nations in the East.
Zafar Chaudhary | 2 years ago | Reply Persecution of Religious Minorities Should be Banned, Everyone's Religion is a Personal Act. For Separate Religion and Government Should be....... "
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