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PACE rapporteur on children calls for better child protection everywhere following abuse revelations in Pakistan

Sevinj Fataliyeva (Azerbaijan, EC), general rapporteur on children of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has strongly urged action from European parliaments and governments following revelations that a blackmail gang has filmed some 270 children being sexually abused as part of a child abuse ring that operated for years in Pakistan.

“All of us must express our deepest concern at these events,” said Ms Fataliyeva. “When a gang rapes women and children, when the information is known and causes people to live in fear, how is it possible that such a situation can continue for years? Wherever it happens, it is a violation of human rights and children’s rights that is intolerable.”

“Pakistan, for most of us, is far away. Yet, regardless of where such events happen, we must condemn them – tomorrow it could be happening here. Children, the most vulnerable members of our societies, must be able to feel confident that we will protect them from harm. Child protection should be a top priory for every government in every country.”

“We desperately hope that the Pakistani authorities investigate this case fully, the culprits are punished and that the children affected, as well as their parents, receive the appropriate support.”