In Sudan, the rapid support forces, active along the border with Libya, are tasked to keep these borders against illegal immigration and voices are raised to denounce their possible funding by the European Union (EU).
These forces are mainly composed of former Janjaweed militias known for the atrocities committed in Darfur.
The European Union is increasingly criticized by NGOs for its migration policy, which are criticisms emanating from the very heart of the European Parliament.
On her return from Sudan, where she led a parliamentary delegation, Marie-Christine Vergiat, a member of the European United Left and of the Commission on Human Rights,
The European Union is obsessed with the control of the northern border, of course, the border to Libya, mainly because it is porous. It absolutely wants to stem the flows, the so-called flows, that go to the European Union.
And what happens at that border? We know that it is the Janjaweed, the Sudanese militias, that control that border.
How can we envisage working with militias to control the borders of the European Union? We were in Sudan with a number of my colleagues, and they assured us that they were not working with the militias.
All the other people we met in Sudan told us that there are only militias in that part of the world, and yes, the Janjaweed control the area.
The European Union can not finance this kind of structure. We walk completely on the head.
Axadle International Monitoring – Africa