Frontex training materials for Libyan Coast Guard come up short on human rights

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"Respect and protection of human rights are a negligible part of the EU’s training to the Libyan Coast Guard, as revealed by the training materials the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) disclosed in response to an access to documents request. From a total of 20 documents – including a video – released, only 0,5% of the content is dedicated to ensuring the protection of human rights.

Instead, the presentations and handouts mainly address possible indications of human trafficking, interrogation, and documentation techniques, as well as the handling of weather apps.

This comes in spite of the EU institutions’ reiterated claim that these training activities would have a “substantial focus on human rights and international law” and would “enhance protection of and respect for human rights.”"

See: Disclosed documents reveal that EU training of Libyan Coast Guard makes negligible reference to human rights protection (Acess Info Europe, link)

The documents released in response to the request are available via the asktheeu.orgsite or below. A video available via YouTube was also released by Frontex.

Frontex: materials used in the training of the Libyan Coast Guard (pdfs)

Communication skills and PEACE model for conducting an interview

Document examination at the first line

Crime scene investigation (for Libyan Coast Guard)


Rights of a suspect

Identification of THB [trafficking in human beings] victims

Identify possible smuggler and trafficker and how to proceed

Signals and indicators for smuggling and/or trafficking of people

Trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants


Assessment exercise

Exercise "Find your colleague"

Eurosur Fusion Services weather application 1

Eurosur Fusion Services weather application 2

European Fusion Services weather application: Practical use case 1: Sea patrolling daily warnings report

European Fusion Services weather application: Practical use case 2: Daily sea condition report

Legal framework: a history of international and regional instruments

UNODC human trafficking indicators

See also

EU border agency targeted "isolated or mistreated" individuals for questioning (Statewatch News Online, 16 February 2017)

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