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European Parliament condemns human rights situation in Pakistan

IANS  |  Brussels 

The European on Thursday debated and adopted a resolution condemning the human rights situation in Pakistan, as well as slamming for breaching international by not allowing consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who been sentenced to death for espionage.

The resolution, which was adopted by majority, expressed grave concern over the "roll-back in of the respect for human rights and the rule of law", in particular the freedom granted to security forces, the use of military courts, the crackdown on NGOs, the intimidation of human rights defenders and religious minorities, and the increase in extrajudicial killings.

Expressing "deep concern at the alarming rate of executions in following flawed trials, including of minors and persons with mental disabilities, some of which are carried out while appeals are still under way", it urged the Pakistani government to prevent misuse of the "blasphemy law", which is so vaguely defined as to render it open to abuse, including to target political dissidents.

It highlighted the case of Jadhav who was sentenced to death in April 2017 by a military court without any access to consular services which is in breach of international

Speaking during the debate in plenary in the French city of Strasbourg, British Member of the European Neena Gill, said: "In 2014, the EU allowed to access GSP+, an exceptional tool to help kick-start the economy and - crucially - encourage progress on improving human rights. It has proved its value in many countries. But I question whether this is the case for "

A delegation of the European Foreign Affairs Committee visited in April.

"From our meetings with government officials and civil society it became glaringly clear that a lack of rule of permeates Pakistani society and human rights are violated instead of advanced," said Gill, the only MEP of Indian origin.

"In March, military courts that can try civilians were reinstated for 2 more years. 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," she added.

"It is high time to see real progress on human rights and strengthening of the civil judiciary in If not, GSP+ has to be reviewed," she stressed.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 20:42 IST
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