Frontex: Civil society organisations submit complaint to European Ombudswoman

Julien Warnand / Epa -Pool / AFP

On 4 August 2022, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), along with five other organisations (Privacy International; Access Now; the Border Violence Monitoring Network; Homo Digitalis; and Sea-Watch) submitted to the EU Ombudswoman a complaint against Frontex.

The concern was that Frontex does not carry out prior human rights risk and impact assessments (HRIA) in relation to its technical assistance engagement with non-EU countries, such as capacity building and training in surveillance techniques, the transfer of surveillance equipment as well as any other related support.

On October 5, the Ombudsman opened an inquiry and asked Frontex to reply to a set of questions.

Read more