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Parliamentary questions
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7 February 2017
Question for written answer E-000864-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL) , Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL) , Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL) , Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  LAW-TRAIN, Horizon 2020 and Israeli human rights abuses
 Answer in writing 

The Horizon 2020 LAW-TRAIN project is aimed at harmonising and sharing interrogation techniques between the different countries involved, in order that they may face new challenges in transnational criminality. The project is coordinated by Bar Ilan University in Israel and includes the participation of the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, the Belgian Federal Public Service of Justice and the Spanish Guardia Civil.

The participation and allocation of funds to the Israel Ministry of Public Security through LAW-TRAIN is unacceptable, firstly because it is headquartered in occupied East Jerusalem, and secondly because this entity is in charge of the national police and prison services, both of which are responsible for serious human rights violations.

The Portuguese Ministry of Justice withdrew from LAW-TRAIN in 2016 following protests against Israeli human rights abuses.

In this context, and given the serious human rights violations that one of the project’s beneficiaries is associated with, the Commission is asked to answer the following:
1. Has the LAW-TRAIN project undergone a technical review, and what specific measures have been taken to ensure that all relevant ethical and legal requirements have been observed during the implementation of this project?
2. What checks have been made to ensure that the research activities are not carried out in the Occupied Territories?
3. If the LAW-TRAIN project complies with its scope, then why have other participants withdrawn from the project on the grounds of Israeli human rights abuses?
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