EU Ombudsman opens inquiries into FRONTEX and EEAS on their support to develop surveillance capabilities in non-EU countries
The European Ombudswoman, Emily O’Reilly, has launched two new investigations into Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and into the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic agency, in relation to their support to non-EU countries to develop surveillance capabilities and, in particular, their lack of prior human rights risk and impact assessments. We welcome the two additional inquiries launched by the European Ombudsman following our complaints and we hope they will eventually force EU institutions to uphold the rights of millions of citizens within and outside the EU.” Questions posed by the Ombudswoman to the EU agency mention the monitoring of the EUCAP Mali and Niger civilian missions as well as EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) civilian missions in Palestine, Somalia, Niger, Mali, Libya, and Iraq. Based on different evidence, the EU ombudsman now opened an inquiry. The EU has to assess, repsect and protect human rights in its activities.
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