EU vows to support Pakistan for promotion of human rights

Dy Head of Mission EU plans to work together with Gov’t of Pakistan, HR institutions

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Islamabad: The European Union has vowed to support Pakistan in its efforts for the promotion of human rights. The resolve was expressed by Deputy Head of European Union Mission in Pakistan Thomas Seiler during a meeting of representatives of the Ministry of Human Rights and European Union in Islamabad today [Wednesday] to discuss the EU-funded project ‘Huqooq-e-Pakistan’.

The Project contributed to strengthening the institutional and policy framework at the federal and provincial levels to promote and protect human rights. It included the development of a five-year strategic vision for chalking out human rights policies and implementation frameworks for Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, and Sindh.

The Deputy Head of Mission said the EU plans to continue to work together with the Government of Pakistan and with human rights institutions at federal and provincial levels as part of the bilateral cooperation.  Earlier to this, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received Mr. Eamon Gilmore, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister Qureshi welcomed the Special Representative to Pakistan and expressed satisfaction on the upward trajectory of Pakistan-EU relations. He noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two sides.

Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the positive synergy between Pakistan’s socio-economic agenda and the GSP Plus scheme for, inter alia, creating employment opportunities and women empowerment. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to full implementation of the 27 GSP Plus-related conventions and hoped for the continuation of GSP Plus status post-2023.

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