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Parliamentary questions
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8 June 2016
Question for written answer E-004703-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Miguel Viegas (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  European LAW-TRAIN project
 Answer in writing 

The European LAW-TRAIN project, which has been running since 2015 with European Union funding under the Horizon 2020 framework programme, aims to develop technology to standardise police interrogation methods. One of the partners in the project is the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, responsible for the country's police force, which has long been condemned by human rights organisations and the United Nations on the grounds that its interrogations involve torture, ill-treatment, racism, and other human rights violations.

By collaborating in this manner, the EU is, objectively, validating the Israeli system of military control and repression, which includes illegal ‘interrogation’ methods, and helping to perpetuate it through its political and moral endorsement. In so doing, it is acting in breach of its obligations in international law and failing in its duty to defend justice and human rights.

What is the Commission's assessment of this situation, in which European public funding intended to finance R&D activities is serving to aid and abet forms of torture and human rights violations?

In view of the evidence presented, what will the Commission do to halt the LAW-TRAIN project and thereby put an end to any type of direct or indirect financing of the repressive Israeli military-industrial complex?

Original language of question: PT 
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