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Pakistan’s strategic play with the EU

Last week European Union High Representative Vice-President and the person responsible for the Union’s Foreign Affairs, Ms Federica Mogherini, met with the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Brussels. The Pakistani Foreign minister was invited to Brussels by Ms Mogherini for the purpose of signing of a new EU-Pakistan […]

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Sri Lanka must stop torture

“I was questioned and tortured by Sri Lankan army personnel and some were in uniform. I was raped many times. I cannot recall how many times. I was kept in detention for 15 days”. This ghastly confession from a Tamil woman is part of a 2013 Human Rights Watch report on the use of torture […]

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EU and Chinese investment in the Balkans: a race for influence

The European Union (EU) claims to have a ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ with China in the form of summits, ministerial meetings and sectoral dialogues as is outlined in the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation. This cooperation agreement was reportedly designed with the goal of improving transparency and guaranteeing non-discrimination, however recent Chinese deals, predominantly comprised […]

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Italian Parliament posed to issue a resolution on Pakistan’s Blasphemy law

“History teaches that political pluralism and political freedoms can only be achieved if the first step is that of religious pluralism. The most important of freedoms is that of the manifestation of one’s own religious thought” stated Member of the Italian Parliament Andrea Del Mastro Delle Vedove. The Italian Parliament in Rome, provided the backdrop […]

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‘Executed to Order’ Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum Denounces Chinese Government’s Horrific Organ Harvesting Programme

Eighteen years ago, on June 28, 2001, Dr Wang Guoqi testified to the US Congress for the first time regarding allegations he had made against the Chinese government. According to his testimony, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had been conducting forced organ harvesting on religious and political dissidents and executed prisoners—at times even before the […]

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Von Siebenthal pleads for pardon for Christian Ayub brothers

Yet again, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has received condemnation from Europe. This time in the form of a letter from Member of the Swiss Parliament Erich Von Siebenthal to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, which expressed his concerns over the misuse of Blasphemy laws in Pakistan and highlighting the […]

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EU Opaque on Transparency of the GSP’s monitoring

Throughout its history, the European Union (EU) has repeatedly highlighted its dedication to the promotion of democratic principles, human rights and good governance in its external relations. Supporting developing countries has always been a core aspect of European values. In order to effectively pursue these objectives, the Common Commercial Policy (article 207 TFEU) was established […]

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Saima Iqbal – another forced religious conversion in Pakistan

It is widely reported that each year, over 1,000 women and girls from religious minorities are being abducted, forcibly converted and subsequently wed to their abductors in Pakistan. Of the thousands of examples available, Croatian Member of European Parliament, Marijana Petir of the European People’s Party has highlighted the case of Saima Iqbal. Saima is […]

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Stephen Masih is being unfairly held in Pakistan under the Blasphemy Laws

Over the last year there has been growing international attention given to the plight of religious minorities living in Pakistan. Individuals like Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of drinking water from a water well assigned only for muslims, was imprisoned for eight years and sentenced to the death penalty under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. It […]

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Tibetan Women’s reproductive rights increasingly oppressed

In 2003, during its discussion on the integration of the Human Rights of Women the report of Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka), the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, expressed her concern about the situation of Tibetan women. She said, “Women in Tibet continue to undergo hardship and are also subjected […]