Question for written answer to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
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?