VP/HR – Treatment of minority communities in the Pakistan elections

Question for written answer to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 117
Cornelis de Jong (GUE/NGL)

Subject: VP/HR – Treatment of minority communities in the Pakistan elections

The Final Report of the EU Election Observation Mission Pakistan 2013 highlighted the continued discrimination against minority communities in Pakistan, in particular the Ahmadiyya community. Unlike in the case of other minority groups, this community’s members are required to use a separate electoral register. This is at odds with international obligations. Additionally it was noted that that voter spots promoting non-Muslim participation in the elections were not aired by state-owned broadcasters.

In the context of free and fair elections, is the HR/VP ready to address the issue of discrimination against the Ahmadiyya community with the Government of Pakistan?

Similar Articles

Brutal use of violence ag... Brutal use of violence against Christian and Muslim Dalits
EP resolution calls ISIS ... EP resolution calls ISIS violence against religious minorities “genocide” in a Joint Motion Resolution led and supported by Intergroup Members. Click here to download the press release
Join our Annual Report La... The time and place has been set for the launch of the EP FoRB Intergroup Annual Report on “The State of Freedom of Religion or Belief in
Amendments to European Pa... Below is the document listing amendments to European Parliament annual human rights report 2012
Newsletter #5