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Parliamentary questions
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13 July 2017
Question for written answer P-004763-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Vincent Peillon (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Mauritania/Reception and social rehabilitation centre for children in conflict with the law (CARSEC)
 Answer in writing 

CARSEC is a closed youth rehabilitation centre in Mauritania. Its first branch opened in Nouakchott in 2009, and a second opened in Nouadhibou in 2016. The two centres take in some 40 children.

The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of the Human Rights Council issued a report on Mauritania in December 2016. He found that cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment was being used in the Nouakchott centre.

The EU-funded report issued in February 2017 contains details of beatings, injuries and sexual violence in both Nouakchott and Nouadhibou.

The Mauritanian Ministry for Justice, which manages the centre, denies these allegations.

On 2 March 2017, Unicef announced that it would be withdrawing its support for CARSEC. Nonetheless, the centre is still receiving EUR 1.25 million per three years in assistance from the European development fund.

1. Is the VP/HR aware of the malpractice at CARSEC?

2. How will she resolve the issue and ensure that the Mauritanian authorities have taken proper action before an agreement is signed as part of the 11th European development fund?

Original language of question: FR 
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