Statewatch News online: Archive for year 2002

December 2002

EU issues updated list of "terrorist organisations and persons": Report

EU's operational plan for 2003: Report

Exclusive: EU: All refugee status to be temporary and terminated as soon as possible: Report & analysis

Denmark: Border checks for people "suspected of intending to carry out disturbances": Report

EU-USA: Proposed exchange of personal data between Europol and USA evades EU data protection rights and protections: Special report

UK: Parliament scrutiny committee savages EU arrest warrant proposals: Report

European Commission Communication on "Integrating migration issues in the EU's relations with third countries": Report

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) report on Greece: Report

November 2002 

EU: “safe and dignified”, voluntary or “forced” repatriation to “safe” third countries: Statewatch report and analysis

Institute of Race Relations launches "IRR news network": Report

Making up the rules: Interception versus privacy from buro jansen & janssen: Report

Switzerland: Voters narrowly reject asylum curbs: Report

Italy: 19 activists arrested for "subversive association": Report

Four leading NGOs submit report to the Convention on the future of the EU calling for effective and transparent judicial, parliamentary and public scrutiny and human rights protections to be put in place to safeguard freedoms and liberties: Press release & report

UK: Extradition Bill, implementing the European arrest warrant published: Full-text

Future sub-lethal, incapacitating and paralysing technologies, by Dr Steve Wright, Director of the Omega Foundation: Report

UNHCR: Swiss referendum on total rejection of refugees: Report

October 2002

EU issues updated list of "terrorist organisations and persons": Report

France: PLSI: draft law on internal security - the "age of suspicion": Report

No charges against Swedish Young Left donation to PLFP: Report

Update: Mystery document appears on EU Council register: Report

Campaign and petition launched to defend Professor Sison: Report

EU seeking readmission (repatriation) agreements with 11 countries: Report

European Commission publishes Communication on a "Community return policy on illegal residents, 14.10.2002, COM(2002) 564 final: Full text (pdf) Statewatch analysis of Green Paper

EU Ministers declare applicant countries "safe" to send back asylum-seekers: Report

Mystery document appears on EU Council register: Report

"Secrecy and Openness in the European Union" by Tony Bunyan - a new case study from Press release

European Ombudsman calls on Commission to clarify data protection rules: Report

EU condemned for failing to stand up to US on International Criminal Court: Report

French Ligue des droits de l´Homme criticises Persichetti extradition: Report

September 2002

EU: UK setting up "Mobile Detection Unit" for external border controls: "cutting-edge technology" includes "heart beat detectors" to find migrants: Report

Danish EU Presidency to investigate role of officials: Report

France to extradite Italian exiles: Report

"Arbitrary" EU anti-terrorist laws tested by Swedish Young Left: Report

European Conference of Data Protection Commissioners opposes proposed EU Framework Decision on data retention: statement

Informal EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, 13-14 September 2002 (revised 18.9.02)

EU rubber stamps work in progress  - more cooperation with US; fast-track expulsion of migrants from the EU: Statewatch analysis and extensive documentation

Immigration and asylum in the EU after 11 September 2001: Analysis (Statewatch analysis no 14 - full list of analyses)

The “war on freedom and democracy”: a 5,000 word analysis of the effects on civil liberties and democratic culture in the EU by Statewatch editor,Tony Bunyan: Analysis

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) publish assessment:11 September 2001 11 September 2002 - The Internet on probation: Report (pdf)

Amnesty International report: "Rights Denied: the UK's response to 11 September 2001: Report

Secret EU-US agreement being negotiated: Special Statewatch Report

Secret agreement on criminal matters, investigative procedures and joint teams being negotiated without the the European or national parliaments being consulted. Statewatch refused access to full-text of document because: “the interest of protecting the Council’s objectives outweighs the interest in “democratic control”"

Amnesty International calls for the rejection of US demand for immunity from the ICC: AI

August 2002

UK activates "voluntary" scheme to collect personal data on passengers pending further consultation: Report

EU Presidency issues statement on data retention: - statement does nothing to refute the existence of a binding draft Framework Decision: Report

EU surveillance of communications: data retention to be "compulsory" for 12-24 months - draft Framework Decision leaked to Statewatch - revised 21.8.02 with press coverage: Special report

Spain: Police raid migrant occupation: Report

UK court acquits 11 September "scapegoat": Report

UK: Home Office publishes Codes on "Covert Surveillance" and "Covert Human Intelligence Sources": Report

July 2002

UK: Special Immigration Appeals Commission says anti-terrorist law is unlawful: Report

"Terror, security and the media" by Martin Bright (Observer): describes how unofficial MI5 and MI6 press officers brief journalists: "MI5 then uses the reports of its own briefings as independent corroboration of the need for internment": Report

Expelling migrants from the EU: Fast-track legislation and sham consultation - new plans being rushed through pose a huge risk of violation of fundamental human rights: Special Statewatch report and analysis

"Secret Europe": Denied EU document reveals issues of public interest: Report

- document refused on grounds it concerned the "campaign against terrorism" contains further far-reaching proposals on surveillance, particularly of immigrants, including: "preventive information gathering"

EU Presidency proposal on security screening of all immigrants: Statewatch analysis

Genoa 19/21 July 2001: One year on
The first report of the: "International Inquiry Committee for the protection of basic human rights in the face of globalisation into events in Genoa"

Statewatch Observatory on EU asylum and immigration: the EU summit (European Council) in Seville adopted far-reaching EU policies regarding illegal immigration, with potential huge impact on human rights, asylum-seekers and developing countries (updated)

International Federation of Journalists Report Confirms Fear for Journalism After September 11: Report

Police to provide the "news" during Danish EU Presidency: Report

UK: new nuclear police force planned: Report

UK: Government demands that airlines collect personal data on every passenger: UK takes the lead in EU on meeting USA demand that every passenger is security vetted before being allowed to get on a plane thorugh "pre-boarding intervention" to exclude "inadmissibles": Report

European Ombudsman: EU Commission secrecy around Transatlantic Business Dialogue is "Maladministration": Report

UK: Government wants to introduce compulsory ID cards: Report
USA: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposes: ID plan

Spanish Prime Minister Aznar questioned on Spanish border incident: Report

EU Framework Decision on combating terrorism comes into force: Report

June 2002

26 July 2000 - the day of the infamous "Solana Decision" - how did Mr Solana reply to a letter he had not received? Report

UK government publishes "Extradition Bill": Report

Netherlands: Judge orders Indymedia to remove internet links: Report

Seville European Council: 21 and 22 June 2002:(revised 24.6.02)
Presidency Conclusions (in full, 42 pages, pdf)
Asylum and immigration

 EU amends lists of terrorist organisations: Report

EU NGOs comes out against plans on "illegal" immigration to be adopted by the EU Summit in Seville: Report

European Court of Human Rights finds Bulgaria in breach of European human rights standards in police abuse case: Report

UK government forced to delay new surveillance powers: government withdraws order to extend powers to 1,039 public authorities; Chief Surveillance Commissioner admits: "I clearly cannot carry out any meaningful oversight of so many bodies without assistance": Report

Statewatch complaints against the Council on access to documents goes before the European Parliament: Report

Statewatch new "Observatory on EU asylum and immigration": the EU summit (European Council) in Seville is due to adopt far-reaching EU policies regarding illegal immigration, with potential huge impact on human rights, asylum-seekers and developing countries: Observatory

Northern Ireland: special Statewatch analysis on the state of policing, the role of the Special Branch and of British army intelligence agencies like the Force Research Unit (FRU, now renamed the Joint Support Group, JSG): Report

EU to adopt "security" guidelines to combat protests: Report

May 2002

Europol document confirms that the EU plans a "common EU law enforcement viewpoint on data retention": Report

EU surveillance of telecommunications: The vote in the European Parliament to accept data retention and surveillance by the law enforcement agencies: Report & Analysis

International Federation of Journalists: IFJ Warns of Threats to Liberty if European Union Agrees to “Charter for Official Snooping”: Press release

Northern Ireland: Critique of Ombudsman’s report on Plastic Bullets - Pat Finucane Centre: Report

European Parliament caves in on data retention: Report

The "unholy alliance" of the PSE/socialist group and the PPE/conservative group - who together have a large majority in the parliament - today, 30 May, joined forces with the Spanish Presidency of the EU and voted to accept the demands of EU governments and law enforcement agencies to place telecommunications under surveillance. The rapporteur (M Cappato), the ELDR (Liberals), Green/EFA group and the GUE (United Left) voted against.

Responses by civil society groups to Ms. Paciotti (PSE MEP, socialist group) letter of 28 May 2002:
Responses by civil society groups (updated 31.5.02)

EU surveillance of communications: UK European Scrutiny Committee - a letter from the Minister: Report

European Parliament to cave in on data retention?
- the PSE/socialist group have joined the EPP/conservative group and accepted the demands of EU governments and law enforcement agencies to place communications under surveillance: Report

Swedish TextTV 27/5 2002: Great Britain rules EU list of terrorist groups: Report

UK arrests and detentions under terrorism laws: Report

Coalition asks European Parliament to vote against data retention (updated 27.5.02): Report

European Parliament committee chair tries to reach a "deal" with the Council on the surveillance of communications: Report

EU wants identification system for users of prepaid telephone cards: Link

"Fortress Europe - Stage 2": EU Border Police proposed: Report

Exclusive: EU governments are secretly drafting a binding Framework Decision to introduce the universal surveillance of telecommunications (updated 9.5.02): Report

- European Parliament faces crucial vote on 29 May to reject the governments' demands on the retention of data and access by the law enforcement agencies

EU adds the PKK to list of terrorist organisations (updated 4.5.02): Report

EU to adopt arbitrary powers to freeze assets and seize evidence: Special Statewatch report
- freezing of evidence: "will not depend on there being any particular suspect, indeed the investigation maybe be at an early stage with no particular offence established" (UK Home Office Minister)

German railway company sues Dutch websites over protest instructions: Report

April 2002

The war against terrorism is boosting the European far-Right - special report from the Institute of Race Relations: Report

EU surveillance of telecommunications: Mystery of the missing minutes which surface nearly a year late: Report

Surveillance of telecommunications in the EU: narrow vote in European Parliament on data retention: Report

EU Presidency defies EU Treaties, ECJ case law and Council Legal Service to put the case for private security: Report

Irish government not consulted on European arrest warrant proposal: Report

Switzerland to join Schengen: Report

Nigerian deported from Ireland in coma: Report

UK: New visa regime to match that of the USA: Report
UK "Warnings Index": "lists people with adverse immigration histories or who are of other interest to the Government. Every visa applicant is checked against this database"

USA puts three Swedish citizens on UN terrorist list: Report

Schengen Information System (SIS II) takes ominous shape: Report
- SIS set to become the EU's "Big Brother" database
- EU security and intelligence agencies to have access to all SIS data

Statewatch bulletin: Creation of a Northern "axis"? Details
- EU-US to establish common area on asylum and exclusion of "inadmissibles"
- EU-US to exchange Europol strategic analysis and personal data
- EU-US to have mutual assistance agreement covering criminal and judicial matters

Underneath the well-reported apparent disagreements between the United States and the EU (and a number of its governments) over tactics in the "war against terrorism" (for example, extending the "war" to Iraq) a much deeper change is taking shape

March 2002

Statewatch: Comments on the Commission's White Paper on Governance: Report

UK: Police threaten Mayday web hosts: Report

Europol to be given access to the S.I.S., then custody? Europol to be allowed to amend and add to records on the Schengen Information System: Report

26 July 2000 - the day of the infamous "Solana Decision" - the Solana/Robertson exchange of letters: Report

Five Belgian police officers sent to trial over death of asylum seeker Semira Adamu: Report

UK: 1995 and 1996 Conventions on Extradition come into effect: Report

Speech by Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on counter-terrorism and human rights: Speech

EU decisions on terrorism and European arrest warrant: strong parliamentary objections in Sweden: Report

Spain: State agencies put protestors under extensive internet surveillance: Report

European Ombudsman publishes code on administrative behaviour: Report

Council of the European Union disagrees on giving access to the public of positions taken by EU governments: Report

Commission dodges democratic control of Europol: Report

EU negotiating secret agreement with US on judicial cooperation in criminal matters: Report

Germany: NATO security conference protests quashed by police: Report

UK opts out of agreement to early implementation of European arrest warrant: Report

February 2002

Indymedia centres raided across Italy - updated 28.2.02: Report

Statewatch critique of Commission report on asylum and "safeguarding internal security" post 11 September, which:

- displays a flagrant disregard for basic human rights obligations
- suggests solutions that are not coherent
- and would apply to situations wholly unrelated to terrorism:

Text of European arrest warrant: Report

EU terrorist situation report: Anarchists to be targeted as "terrorists" alongside Al Qaeda: Report

EU Presidency present draft Council Decision to target protestors as "terrorists": Report

Denmark: Hard times for asylum seekers and refugees: Report

UK: Two "terrorist" suspects, held for months in prison, freed by the court for lack of evidence: Report

Six EU governments agree early implementation of European arrest warrant: Report

Doubts on EU Presidency proposal to target protestors as "terrorists": Report (please see later story 20.2.02: Report

Secret US-EU meeting on asylum: the construction of a common EU-US area of migration, asylum and borders? Report

Moroccan G8 protestor expelled from Italy - and after protests allowed back: Report

European Parliament supports EU definition of terrorism and European arrest warrant: Report

Belgium, found guilty of mass expulsion of Roma: European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) welcomes Landmark Decision by Strasbourg Court: Report

Amsterdam police raid linked to ETA - and "Eurojust": Report (updated, 7.2.02)

New report from Statewatch: "The activities and development of Europol - towards an unaccountable "FBI" in Europe: Europol

January 2002

"Common criteria to be applied to arms exports": document finally released to Heidi Hautala MEP after five year court battle: Report

Telephone-tapping and mail-opening warrants for 2000 in Britain, plus full figures for 1937-2000 (compiled by Statewatch) (updated 6.2.02): Report

EU data protection working party calls for a balanced response to terrorism: Report

Italy: Moroccan G8 protestor expelled: Report

US government vetoes Statewatch access to EU-US agendas
- Council of European Union says it has no choice but to back US veto
- Refusal of access follows two successful complaints to the European Ombudsman
- Decision would exclude from access any document on international policy vetoed by third parties

New EU Regulation on access to documents
- the first major problem is going to be what will, and what not, be on the public registers of documents
- the second will be the exclusion of "internal documents"
- the third will be the right of "third parties" (like the US) to veto access to EU documents

EU announces first list of terrorists
* All refugees to be vetted for any connection with "terrorism"
* Four measures by-pass any democratic accountability
* Application of measures not legally accountable
* Measures adopted by "written procedure"

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