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proposes new security measures - Public spaces, Canada and EU PNR, Europol personal
data exchanges with third states and European Intelligence Unit
Press release: Security
Union: Commission presents new measures to better protect EU
(pdf) which includes:
public spaces and help deprive terrorists of the means to
act. The Commission is also proposing to further strengthen the
EU's external action on counter-terrorism - including
through Europol - and is recommending the EU open negotiations
on a revised Passenger Name Record agreement with Canada."
Europol's cooperation with third countries by presenting, before
the end of the year, recommendations to the Council to authorise
the opening of negotiations for agreements between the EU and
Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia
and Turkey on the transfer of personal data between Europol and
these countries to prevent and combat terrorism and serious
[emphasis in original]
referendum: police operation sought to "generate panic amongst
the civil population"
A report by Barcelona city council
has denounced the police operation undertaken by the Policia
Nacional and the Guardia Civil on 1 October that attempted to
halt the vote on Catalan independence, saying it involved "generalised
institutional violence" that was "indiscriminate",
"disproportonate" and sought to "generate panic
amongst the civil population".
Council: "roadmap" implementation paper highlights
migration, internal security, military efforts
"One year on, the EU
has made significant progress and can demonstrate tangible results.
The Bratislava method is working. The attached table shows that
many tasks have been completed, and many others are on track.
Some tasks however have progressed slower than expected, and
a few require a fresh push, including at the highest level."
Council of Europe: CPT
publishes report on Turkey (link)
"The visit focused on the situation of foreign nationals
detained under aliens legislation, and the report contains the
CPTs findings and recommendations relating to various removal
centres, as well as the holding facilities in the transit zone
of Istanbul Atatürk Airport."
The Islands - no more dead from the cold!
Over 40 solidarity groups and
organisations are calling for urgent action from the Greek local
and national authorities to prevent more refugees from dying
in the cold as winter sets in once again. They expect more groups
and organisations to join them over the next days and weeks.
is not a crime: the Observatory of the Milan Charter is born
On 30 September 2017 around thirty
activists, journalists, jurists, citizens acting in solidarity,
members of NGOs and associations met in Milan to set up the Observatory
which the 'Milan Charter: solidarity is not a crime' proposed
in its document launched on 20 May 2017 during the demonstration
'Together without any walls'...
rights groups denounce "racist" focus of G6 summit
The interior ministers of Spain,
France, Germany, the UK, Italy and Poland, the so-called G6,
and high representatives of Morocco and the European Union are
meeting today (16 October) in Seville to analyse "the fight
against jihadist terrorism and illegal immigration." The
focus of the summit has led to protests from activists and NGOs
who consider it "racist" and have said that it "turns
migrants and racialised citizens into a threat."
police earned millions training officers in repressive regimes
(The Guardian, link):
"British police earned
millions of pounds by training officers in repressive regimes
in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia."
of the European Union developing its negotiating position: Reception
Directive and European Electronic Communications Code
of the European Union: ENHANCED COOPERATION of 20 Member States:
Public Prosecutor's Office
and Home Affairs Council, 12-13 October: all the documentation
including background documents
Updated 16.10.17: On the agenda: European Public Prosecutors'
Office, freezing and confiscation orders, the European Criminal
Records Information System for third-country nationals, implementing
data protection legislation, criminal justice in cyberspace,
Schengen Borders Code, counter-terrorism resettlement and the
reform of the Common European Asylum System.
protection and durable solution for refugees (European Parliament, press release,
By 37 MEPs to 20 and 2 abstentions
on 12 October, the European Parliaments civil liberties
committee (LIBE) adopted its negotiating position for the permanent
EU mechanism for resettlement refugees. It called on the EU to
accept 240,000 refugees:
"EU member states host
8% of the worlds refugees. In 2015, 22 EU countries resettled
13 000 people; the US resettled almost 70 000 refugees. MEPs
therefore call on member states to increase both resettlement
efforts and the number of resettlement places in order to shoulder
a fair share of global responsibility. They want the EU to take
on at least 20% of the annual projected global resettlement needs.
In 2017, this would amount to around 250 000 people."
seeks clarifications over Italys maritime operations in
Libyan territorial waters (link):
for Italys efforts in saving lives at sea and in receiving
migrants arriving at its shores in the last years, the Commissioner
underscores that, even when a state faces difficulties in coping
with the influx of migrants, it still has the duty to protect
and safeguard their human rights.
The case law of the
European Court of Human Rights is clear about this duty and I
think it bears relevance for Italys operations in Libyan
territorial waters, writes the Commissioner."
to Italy (pdf)
Council draft Conclusions on migration
and deepen this approach on all migration routes, the European
Council further calls for:
- continued full commitment to our cooperation with Turkey
on migration as well as - support to the Western Balkans;
- reducing the attractiveness of illegal migration through
enhanced returns, effective readmission agreements and arrangements
and by making full use of the European Border and Coast Guard
Agency, which should be further strengthened....."
smuggling tops EU crime priorities - restricted document shows
extent of police operations
the arrival of immigrants with no legal rights to the EU is more
important, in terms of EU policy priorities among member states,
than fighting terrorism and online child pornography."
the Spy Cop Cover Up (one small window, link):
"In recent years, laws
curtailing civil liberties and sanctioning greater surveillance
of British citizens and residents have been passed in the Houses
of Parliament, making it an unusual venue for a meeting on the
Undercover Police Inquiry, even though the inquiry core participants
include a number of politicians."
the 'Common European Asylum System': progress report
The Presidency of the Council
of the EU has published a useful note outlining the state of
play with seven legislative proposals that were published by
the Commission in 2016. These proposals are aimed at reforming
the 'Common European Asylum System' (CEAS) and the EU's system
for resettling refugees from non-EU countries.
crisis: latest news from across Europe (9-11.10.17) including: 5-year-old girl dies
in Moria hotspot; "grave abuse" in EU migration policies;
Common European Asylum System progress report
Niger, Chad: France to open asylum centres (Pulse, link):
"France will open offices
in Niger and Chad in the coming weeks to identify people who
could be granted asylum, President Emmanuel Macron announced
The offices would also "warn
people in Niger and Chad better about the situation in order
to avoid an influx of economic migrants" who would only
be sent back from France, Macron said."
Borderlands: Human Rights for Displaced People on the French-Italian
Border (Border Criminologies,
in Greece and Italy and the squalid make-shift camps in Northern
France have received periods of international attention, the
migratory transit point in the small Italian town of Ventimiglia
on the French-Italian border seems to have been largely overlooked
by media agencies and human rights groups, with the exception
of a few noteworthy examples (see for example news coverage by
Al-Jazeera, a blog post on Are You Syrious?, and a research study
conducted by UNICEF and the REACH Initiative). Recent research
by Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) highlights detrimental
living conditions coupled with police violence and dangerous
border crossings, creating a situation for displaced people characterised
by chronic insecurity and extensive mental and physical health
of the European Union adopts policy on "open data"
- but will continue to keep a lot secret
- Reuse is subject to: "the obligation not to distort
the original meaning or message of the documents."
and the current rules to keep LIMITE documents secret will
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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