The UK is committed to working with the Government of Pakistan to address the issue of child labour. Together with our EU partners, the UK regularly raises its concerns about the use of child labour and has lobbied the Government of Pakistan to implement existing legislation which protects children from such abuse. The most recent EU demarche on this issue was in December 2009. The issue of child labour will also form part of the forthcoming EU-Pakistan human rights dialogue.
The allegations surrounding the treatment and death of Shazia Masih are deeply disturbing. They highlight the challenges facing Pakistan in dealing with issues such as child labour, the treatment of religious minorities and access to education. Shazia Masih's case is currently sub judice in Pakistan, and so direct representations from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are not possible. Nevertheless, we continue to raise our concerns on the issue of child labour with the Government of Pakistan. These concerns were most recently raised alongside our EU partners in the demarche of December 2009, and will form part of the forthcoming EU dialogue on human rights.