Pakistan’s strategic play with the EU

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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 […]

Sri Lanka must stop torture

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“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 […]

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

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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 […]

EU Opaque on Transparency of the GSP’s monitoring

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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 […]

Saima Iqbal – another forced religious conversion in Pakistan

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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 […]

Tibetan Women’s reproductive rights increasingly oppressed

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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 […]