“Human Rights watchdogs urge EU to review its relations with Pakistan”, Bitterwinter, May 18, 2023:
“The EU should open its ears wide to the voices of the victims of human rights violations in Pakistan and their lawyers, and reconsider its privileged commercial relations with their country, according to a group of human rights organizations from Europe and Pakistan.
On 8 May, representatives of human rights NGOs from Europe and Pakistan united their voices in a conference held at the Press Club in Brussels to sound the alarm about the increasingly repressive implementation of the blasphemy laws, forced marriages, and forced conversions of girls from religious minorities.
In anticipation of the renewal of the EU-Pakistan Trade Agreement (GSP+) in 2024, MEP Peter van Dalen expressed his concerns in a video (you can start watching his speech at minute 14’32’’) regarding the lack of human rights protection as required by the preferential trade scheme. The GSP+ allows Pakistan to save billions of euros in trade tariffs….”
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