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Parliamentary questions
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23 November 2016
Question for written answer E-008769-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ana Gomes (S&D)

 Subject:  Law train project
 Answer in writing 

Israeli interrogation methods and the Israeli prison system have been internationally denounced for their systematic and ongoing use of torture and ill treatment as well as cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, in particular against the Palestinian people.

Considering the fact that two participants of the Law Train project (Horizon 2020), i.e. the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, responsible for the Israeli prison service and the Israeli national police are actors within the framework of these policies:
1. Has any evaluation been done as to whether the project breaches the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights or any other EU Treaty rights or EU values and commitments? If so, what outcomes and mechanisms have been put in place to ensure that the technology is not tested or used in conditions that violate human rights?
2. Has there been any consideration given to the fact that the experience of the ‘end users’ in the interrogation process in the case of the Israeli national police has been obtained in the context of Israeli interrogation practices that include grave violations of human rights? If so, what conclusions have been reached?
3. Has the Commission conducted a recent internal review of the Law-Train project? If so, where can the results be found?
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