EU upset over honour killings of three girls in Pakistan

September 16th, 2008 - 12:14 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Sep 15 (IANS) The European Union Monday expressed outrage over the murders of three young girls in Pakistan’s Balochistan province by relatives for wishing to marry men of their own choice. The 27-member European bloc called for a full investigation into the matter and said it was absolutely essential that those responsible for the “intolerable acts” be brought to justice, EuAsiaNews reports.

A statement by the current French EU Presidency voiced its deep concern over the extreme forms of violence against women reported in Pakistan.

It urged Pakistan to comply with its international human rights obligations, and in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, to which Pakistan is party.

The EU also urged the Pakistani government to take steps to eliminate all forms of violence against women.

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