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Answer – VP/HR – Human rights violations in Sudan using Community funds – E-007788/2017

No European Union direct financial support goes to the Government of Sudan. EU funding is not decentralised nor channelled through Government offices, including Sudanese security forces. The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are not benefiting from direct or indirect support under EU funded projects. The ‘EU actions on migration in Sudan’ factsheet gives further details on our engagement.(1)

Regular monitoring of activities is an explicit part of all EU development projects. EU activities in Sudan are carried out by EU Member States agencies, international organisations, private sector entities and non-governmental organisations. The implementing partners maintain full control over the funds disbursed and are closely scrutinised by the EU Delegation. Project’s components that provide training to police and other law enforcing authorities are treated with the utmost caution and sensitivity.

Particular concerns involve the risk of unintentionally involving RSF members, as detailed in the Better Migration Management’s (BMM) programme’s Sudan Concept Note(2). BMM is well aware of and highly alert to the risks cooperation with Sudanese authorities create. BMM does not work with RSF members and strictly follows the QT.START>Do-no-harm approach’, especially as to the protection of human rights.(3) Since the start of implementation, there has been no related incident or diversion of funds observed.

The joint EU-African Union-United Nations Task Force was created in November 2017 to save and protect lives of migrants and refugees, in particular in Libya, accelerating assisted voluntary humanitarian returns (VHR) to countries of origin, and the resettlement of those in need of international protection.

As of 26 January 2018, the VHR operations allowed for 7,687 individuals to be returned by the International Organisation for Migration. As of 8 February 2018, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees had evacuated a total of 523 refugees from Libya.

(1) https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/factsheet_eu-sudan_0.pdf
(2) https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/bmm-sudan-concept-note_en.pdf
(3) https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/bmm-procurement-process-and-procurement-principles_en.pdf
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