EU DELEGATION EXPECTS PERPETRATORS OF KILLING OF RASHID REHMAN WILL BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad-The European Union Delegation to Pakistan deplores the killing of the prominent lawyer and human rights defender Mr. Rashid Rehman in Multan on 7 May. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Rehman.

As spelled out in art. 14 (d) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Pakistan is a party, everyone is entitled to a proper legal defence. Protection should be provided to lawyers defending the fundamental rights of their fellow citizens to due process under the law, including those accused of committing blasphemy.

The EU Delegation sincerely hopes that the assassination of Mr. Rehman is fully investigated and the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice. The EU supports all efforts for ensuring that everyone in Pakistan can live in peace and safety regardless of political or religious beliefs.

09 May 2014