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crisis: latest news from across Europe (18-19.9.17) including: EU development aid in
Africa "misused and diverted"
policing: in open letter, women call on Home Secretary to recognise
institutional sexism in the police
Today, 13 women who were deceived
into intimate sexual relationships with undercover policeman,
over a period spanning nearly 30 years, have written to the Home
Secretary to raise their concerns about the progress and recent
direction of the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing.
concerns over the Copyright Directive: Germany questions Council
Legal Service on Article 13
The mandatory introduction of
automated filters to detect copyright infringements online, as
proposed by Article 13 of the EU's Copyright Directive, continues
to raise legal concerns. Dubbed the "censorship machine"
by the European Digital Rights Intiative, the proposed filters
have long been opposd by civil society groups, academics and
legal experts, and they were questioned two weeks ago by a group
of Member States in a note published by Statewatch. Now the German
authorities have submitted their own set of questions on Article
13 to the Council's Legal Service.
million more for Ceuta's border fence to "fulfil its purpose"
The Spanish interior minister,
Juan Iganacio Zoido, announced on 12 September that a further
12 million will go to the border fence in Ceuta, a Spanish
enclave in north Africa bordering Morocco, as the fence does
not currently "fulfil its purpose".
policing: legal wins in Scotland and England
- Court grants permission for
judicial review into Home Office's failure to extend inquiry
to spycop activities in Scotland
- Police give up on attempts to
limit human rights case at Investigatory Powers Tribunal
- Interview with woman deceived
into a relationship by Andy Coles; report from European Parliament
crisis: latest news from across Europe (13-17.9.17)
Council of the European Union:
Criminal Records System and Third Country Nationals
question was asked whether the Commission, in setting out its
time-table, had taken account of the fact that the Member States
also have to adopt legislation and to set up systems locally
in order to allow the ECRIS-TCN system to work properly. It was
observed that it would be difficult to distinguish between EU-citizens
and TCN. For this reason, inter alia, some delegations recommended
it would be good to collect fingerprints for every conviction."
ABC secrecy trial: 40 years on (Crispin Aubrey Legacy Fund, link): Friday 3rd
November 2017, Arnolfini, Bristol 7.00 - 9.00pm (Networking &
Drinks from 6.00pm)
"This event marks 40
years since the joint arrests of Crispin Aubrey, John Berry and
Duncan Campbell. In the early seventies, Crispin Aubrey became
a leading figure in the campaign to prevent the government deporting
two Americans on national security grounds - former CIA case
officer Philip Agee and Time Out journalist Mark Hosenball..."
Speakers: Panel Discussion One
: Reflections from the trial and campaign: Chaired by Andrew
Kelly, Bristol Festival of Ideas, ABC defendant, John Berry,
ABC defence barrister Mike Mansfield QC, Sue Aubrey, wife of
ABC defendant, Crispin Aubrey
Panel Discussion Two: Lessons
from the trial and legacy today: ABC campaigner and Statewatch
Director Tony Bunyan, Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ Senior Campaigns and
communications officer and ABC defendant, Duncan Campbell. Click
here to register (link)
EU: Massive biometric "smart
borders" database may be illegal
A number of MEPs
think CJEU opinion on EU-Canada air passenger surveillance scheme
makes biometric border control database illegal and are demanding
Council Legal Service:
"substantial difficulty" for air passenger surveillance
schemes in EU and with Australia, Canada and USA, as well as
other EU databases\
plans for an EU Entry/Exit System (EES) which would store the
fingerprints, a facial image and other personal data on all travellers
entering the Schengen area are running into serious problems
as the implications of a recent court ruling on an EU-Canada
air passenger surveillance scheme become clear.
of the European Union: Reception
Directive & Resettlement Regulation
for a Directive laying down standards for the reception of applicants
for international protection
(LIMITE doc no: 1149417, 115 pages pdf): Including 190 Footnotes
with Member State positions. Contains discussion on detention
clauses. The Council developing its negotiating position.
for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework
and amending Regulation (EU) No 516/2014) (pdf) Contains 115 Footnotes with Member
State positions.The Council developing its negotiating position.
International launches international campaign for greater transparency
around secretive intelligence sharing activities between governments
in partnership with 30+ national human rights organisations,
has today written to national intelligence oversight bodies in
over 40 countries seeking information on the intelligence sharing
activities of their governments.
Countries may use secret intelligence
sharing arrangements to circumvent international and domestic
rules on direct surveillance. These arrangements can also lead
to the exchange of information that can facilitate human rights
abuses, particularly in countries with poor human rights records
or weak rule of law.
National intelligence oversight
bodies hold intelligence agencies accountable to the public by
exercising scrutiny over the legality, propriety, effectiveness,
and efficiency of the intelligence activities of their governments."
Press release (pdf)
Council, 14 September, Brussels: documentation including terrorism
and migration discussion papers[ [Revised]
"Following recent terrorist
attacks in Europe, ministers will discuss priority areas for
action on counter-terrorism in the coming months.Ministers will
discuss the state of play and next steps regarding migration
policy. They are expected to cover several aspects including
the response to the migratory flows in the Central Mediterranean,
the return of irregular migrants, the continued implementation
of the EU-Turkey statement, relocation and the ongoing work on
the concept of 'safe third countries'."
points agenda for discussion (pdf) and "A"
points agenda adopted without discussion (pdf)
and Europol call for crackdown on "under the radar"
informal money transfer services
The EU and its Member States
should withdraw 500 and 200 euro banknotes from circulation and
tightly regulate the informal hawala international money
transfer system in order to help fight terrorism, irregular migration
and money laundering, according to a note sent by Austria and
Europol to the Council of the EU's internal security committee
on 8 September.
LIBYA: See: Full
text of UN Secretary-General report (pdf):
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
(OHCHR) expressed concern about abuses and violations against
such persons by the Libyan Coastguard during search and rescue
operations, which, in some instances, further endanger the lives
of people in distress at sea. Intercepted or rescued migrants
are rarely provided with life jackets." Also: EU
brushes off UN criticism of Libya policy (euobserver, link):
crisis: latest news from across Europe (10-12.9.17)
on police oversight mechanisms in Council of Europe member states
"The following document
sets out to provide an update to the main findings from a comprehensive
review of policing oversight across the forty-seven Council of
Europe States first set out in September 2015. The update reflects
the position of police oversight mechanisms cross the forty-seven
States as of 20 February 2017."
report highlights need to improve data on dead and missing migrants
to better inform policy and public awareness (University of Bristol, link):
"University of Bristol
Senior Research Fellow, Ann Singleton, who co-edited Fatal Journeys
Volume 3: Improving Data on Missing Migrants, said:
Since 2014, more than
23,000 migrant deaths and disappearances have been recorded globally
by the IOM, although the real number is likely to be significantly
higher because many deaths are unrecorded. Few bodies of
missing migrants are formally identified leaving families in
limbo, without perhaps ever knowing whether a loved one is alive
The focus of this years
report is how data on missing migrants can be improved, to inform
policies that can prevent further deaths, to meet the needs of
families and those left behind to learn more about the fate of
their relatives, and to improve the chances of identifying bodies.
Journeys, Volume 3 Part 1: Improving Data on Missing Migrants
Council next steps
finance and train Libyan Coast Guard to end arrivals to Italy
- expedite "return" operations from the EU
- create "reception" centres across Africa
- continue actions under the "dodgy" EU-Turkey Statement
- yet another call for "relocations" within the EU
- redefine "safe third countries"
discrimination in criminal justice system, but a missed opportunity
to examine policing
The publication of the Lammy
Review into the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
(BAME) people in the English and Welsh criminal justice system
has demonstrated the significant racial bias that many have long
suspected. However, the remit of the review was drawn so narrowly
that it was unable to examine the relationship between the police
and BAME people - a regrettable missed opportunity according
to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, whose director,
Richard Garside, commented that: "The starting point of
the disproportionate criminalisation and punishment of black
and minority ethnic people is their disproportionate rates of
arrest by the police."
Commission reports on Partnership Framework, Relocations, EU-Turkey
deal and European Border and Coast Guard
Includes in EU-Turkey
deal report: "Additional Hellenic Police officers
are needed to better control entry/exit points and for patrolling
inside the hotspots. The Greek Reception and Identification Service,
in cooperation with EASO, is looking into establishing electronic
entry/exit control systems at all hotspots, starting with a pilot
project in Moria [Lesvos]."
Hellenic Police to issue return decisions at the same time as
the notification of negative first instance asylum decisions."
Greece: Lesvos: Saturday
9 September: SECOND POLICE RAID TO ARREST REFUGEES: NOW: Giant
police operation at Moria's Hotspot to arrest immigrants for
deportation (Translation from Lesvos News, link):
"A giant police operation
at Hoto Spot in Moria, in order to capture immigrants for whom
a rejection, final and irrevocable decision not to issue a political
asylum, and a return to Turkey have been in progress since 6:00
The police drew up a plan
and caught the migrants in Moria, because in previous such operations
the migrants were uprooted and caused extensive damage.
After the entire encirclement
encircled the entire area, HotSpot entered a large police force
and police teams with their decisions, tapping the door on the
container to proceed with the arrests.
More than 350 police officers
are involved in the police operation, while a proactive force
in the Hot Spot of Moria is a major force of the Fire Brigade
and an ambulance of the EKAB for every eventuality."
FREE THE MORIA 35 (30 July 2017) Lesvos Legal Aid Centre,
link) and SEE: Statewatch
Observatory for rolling update
for researchers: Statewatch Analyses: 1999-ongoing
Borderline: The EU's New Border Surveillance Initiatives:
Assessing the Costs and Fundamental Rights Implications of EUROSUR
and the "Smart Borders" Proposals (pdf) A study by the
Heinrich Böll Foundation. Written by Dr. Ben Hayes and Mathias
Vermeulen: "Unable to tackle the root of the problem,
the member states are upgrading the Unions external borders.
Such a highly parochial approach taken to a massive scale threatens
some of the EUs fundamental values - under the pretence
that ones own interests are at stake. Such an approach
borders on the inhumane."
How the EU works and justice and home
affairs decision-making (pdf)
20th Anniversary Conference, June 2011: Statewatch
'policy laundering' and the FATF - legalising surveillance, regulating
(pdf) by Ben Hayes
to EU decision-making and justice and home affairs after the
(pdf) by Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex,
with additional material by Tony Bunyan
Neoconopticon: the EU security-industrial
(pdf) by Ben Hayes
The Shape of Things to Come (pdf) by Tony Bunyan
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