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Northern Ireland: PRESS RELEASE: The Court
of Appeal have ruled this morning that the treatment endured
by the hooded men is torture, and an effective criminal investigation
is necessary (pdf):
"Francis McGuigan, the applicant, said:
Todays Judgment makes it expressly clear that the treatment
that I suffered at the hands of Ministers was torture and should
be investigated by an independent police force.
This treatment cannot be forgotten, it has had lasting
and terrible effects on my mental health to this day and I can
only hope that this judgment will assist someone somewhere in
the world that suffers torture at the hand of their Government
The Court said at Para 116 of the Judgment that they were
satisfied that the treatment to which Mr mcGuigan and Mr
McKenna were subject would if it occurred today properly be characterised
Coordinator wants EU to target right-wing extremism and terrorism
The EU's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
(CTC) has distributed two papers to national delegations in the
Council's Terrorism Working Party calling attention to the threat
of right-wing extremism and terrorism: "Attacks in Western
countries such as Norway, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom,
Canada, the United States and New Zealand, as well as foiled
attacks in France, have shown that there is a need to further
strengthen the EU approach in tackling right-wing extremist violence."
See: NOTE from: EU Counter-Terrorism
Coordinator to: Delegations: Right-wing
violent extremism and terrorism in the European Union: discussion
paper (11756/19, LIMITE, 30 August 2019, pdf) and: background
information (11756/19 ADD 1, pdf)
The CTC (since 2007 a Belgian
official, Gilles de Kerchove) underlines that "right-wing
extremism is a problem in Europe" - not exactly news, but
it is now deemed urgent to address the issue at EU level.
ongoing disasters in Libya
- There are between
700,000 and 1 million migrants
- "migrants and refugees rescued or intercepted at sea
being transferred to detention centres [with a] lack of traceability,
transparency and accountability"
- The governments reluctance to address the problems raises
the question of its own involvement."
See: Note from the Council Presidency to national
and the surrounding area: current situation and need for immediate
action (LIMITE doc no: 115381, pdf)
crisis: latest news from across Europe (10-16.9.19)
of Parliament: Conflicting judgments in England and Scotland (EU Law Analysis, link):
"The outcome of the conjoined
appeals at the Supreme Court of the UK on Tuesday the 17th of
September is far from certain. The Scottish judgment is a constitutional
first: the first time a serving Prime Minister has been found
guilty of acting illegally in relation to the proroguing of Parliament.
What is certain is that the
11 justices of the Supreme Court will once again make UK constitutional
history after the hearing on Tuesday week."
the European way of life from migrants is a gift to the
far right (Guardian,
"EU technocrats still
believe tougher border controls will defang their populist rivals
but they are fuelling a dangerous new nationalism. (...)
The plan, it appears, is to
co-opt the demands of the far right and thus neutralise
their appeal rather than take them on."
Tony Bunyan, Statewatch Director,
"In the EU bubble lexicon
this strategy is known as "triangulation" - you adopt
the policies of the populists, fascists and racists in the hope
they will go away. Whereas history tells that appeasement only
legitimates these political forces."
Head of Moria hot spot submits his resignation (Keep Talking Greece, link):
"The head of the hot
spot of Moria on the island of Lesvos submitted his resignation
to the political leadership of the Ministry for Citizens
Protection on Wednesday afternoon.
Citing personal reasons, the
Manager of the Reception and Identification Center, Ioannis Balbakakis
said that he was tired and he had to go.
I leave with my head
up at doing what I needed to do in difficult situations. I am
neither leaving as a thief nor leaving as a protesting politician.
Im leaving because I have to leave. Im tired."
EU deportation law breaches fundamental rights standards and
should be rejected
A proposed new
EU law governing standards and procedures for deportations would
breach fundamental rights standards, massively expand the use
of detention, limit appeal rights and undermine 'voluntary' return
initiatives. It should be rejected by the European Parliament
and the Council, argues a new analysis published today by Statewatch:
Returns Directive was agreed in 2008, but a proposal for a 'recast'
version was published by the European Commission in September
2018 as one a number of measures aiming to crack down on "illegally
staying third-country nationals" in the EU.
letter to Members of the European Parliament: The EU peace project
is under threat (pdf) signed by over 60 organisations
"As a coalition of 61
organisations we are writing to express our deep concern about
a number of policy proposals which, taken together, call into
question the EUs founding values of human rights, peace
the exchange of police data: Council looks to national databases
The EU's recently-agreed plans
for interconnecting its migration and policing databases are
still being implemented (two Regulations were approved in July),
but national delegations in the Council are looking to the future
- in particular, how to make national law enforcement databases
'interoperable' with EU systems and with one another.
crisis: latest news from across Europe (2-8.9.19) including:
- Britain and France to strengthen
joint action against small boats
- Turkey's Erdogan threatens
to 'open the gates' for migrants to Europe
- Legal Centre Lesvos denounces
the Greek governments proposed changes to the Asylum procedure
- Europes Complicity
in Turkeys Syrian-Refugee Crackdown
rules police use of facial recognition is legal; survey finds
majority of public want restrictions on the technology
The high court in Cardiff has
ruled that the legal regime governing South Wales Police's use
of facial recognition "is adequate to ensure the appropriate
and non-arbitrary use" of the technology. The judgment comes
two days after the publication of survey results showing that
the majority of the British public are willing to accept facial
recognition technology in certain circumstances, "but want
the government to impose restrictions on its use."
Statewatch Analysis: Spain-Morocco: "Migration
control, not rescue": squeezing search and rescue in the
As the EU's member states continue
to discuss half-hearted plans for search and rescue and the disembarkation
of migrants, they are also putting in place measures to prevent
their own maritime safety authorities from carrying out rescues.
At the same time, they are pressuring under-resourced and unwilling
non-EU states to take on rescue tasks. As reports from Spain
show, the results are deadly.
police uses electroshock torture on a migrant minor (h-alter.org,
"In another one in a
series of cases of mistreatments and beatings of migrants that
are being pushed back from the border, officials of the Croatian
border police brutally attacked K.S., a minor from Afghanistan,
according to the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the
Republic of Serbia. The boy, who survived severe physical and
psychological torture, was first separated from a group of 16
migrants and beaten up at the border. After that he was detained
in a dark room where he was beaten by four border police officers
and subjected to electroshock torture.
According to the Commissariat,
the police seized the boy's phone and money and physically injured
him. After they caught him at the border, he was locked in a
dark room, where the officials questioned him. They forced him
to take his clothes off, made him get into water, where they
The Commissariat expressed concern and outrage over these practices,
and warned representatives of the international community about
the enormous use of violence by the Croatian border police, as
well as flagrant human rights violationsreleased electricity
through a shocker, which led to him losing consciousness."
latest news from across Europe (13.8.19-1.9.19)
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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