EU Parliament Adopts Resolution Seeking Review Of Pakistan’s GSP+ Status Over Blasphemy Laws
The European Parliament has passed a resolution seeking a review of Pakistan’s GSP Plus (GSP+) status, over blasphemy laws that it says are discriminatory towards minorities and violate fundamental rights.
Introduced by Renew Europe, a liberal, pro-European political group of the European Parliament, the resolution was adopted with a majority of 681 votes against six.
The resolution accuses Pakistan of violating the conditions of its Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus status.
The GSP+ is a special part of the GSP scheme that comes with additional trade incentives for developing countries already benefitting from GSP. However, the GSP+ status requires the country to prove that it has had progress on the implementation of 27 international core conventions.
The resolution was introduced in light of the events surrounding Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)’s violent protests seeking expulsion of French ambassador from the country. A European parliamentarian Charlie Weimers, while addressing the session of the parliament, said that Europe should not reward Pakistan’s ‘mob justice targeting Christians and its Prime Minister relativizing the holocaust’.