What's New on the Statewatch website - archive: 2001


US domestic surveillance programme: News in brief

Rules on public access to documents from the European Commission and the European Parliament published: FOI in the EU

Full-text of the UK Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act: Text

Australia: New ASIO powers threaten democratic rights (updated 23.12.01): Observatory

European Parliament allows more time for debating the European arrest warrant - vote postponed: Report

MEPs demand European arrest warrant vote to be postponed: Report

EU Joint investigation teams: scope changed from tacking terrorism, drugs and illegal immigration, to any criminal offence - "however minor": Report

The "Laeken Declaration", 15.12.01: Text

(amended 13.12.01: full-text available) Text agreed on Framework Decision on combating terrorism by the Council at Justice and Home Affairs Council on 6-7 December. It will be formally adopted later subject to three national parliament reservations and re-consulting the European Parliament: Observatory

Text adopted by the Council of the European Union: Framework Decision on European arrest warrant. Italy withdrew its objection on 11 December. The Decision has to be re-submitted to the European Parliament before it can be formally adopted by the Council: Observatory

EU definition of "terrorism" could still embrace protests: Report

SEMDOC legislative observatory fully updated: 10 December and includes the following items:

Title VI framework funding programme proposed
Framework decision on racism & xenophobia proposed
EC-Hong Kong readmission agreement finalised: readmission
EU strategy papers, discussion papers and communications now on SEMDOC
Directive amending the 1991 EC money laundering directive adopted
Ratification of international civil law treaties proposed
Belgian proposal for Decision amending Common Consular Instructions

To subscribe to the Statewatch European Monitoring and Documentation Centre website: SEMDOC

Update of "Anti-terrorist roadmap", dated 7 December: Observatory

A victory for civil society on the EU definition of terrorism? Report (5.12.01)

European Ombudsman calls on the European Parliament to take action on the Council's failure to release documents to Statewatch: Report (5.12.01)

European Commission publishes new security rules before its rules on the public's right of access to its documents: Report

EU plans to extend the Schengen Information System (SIS) to: i) create EU database to target "suspected" protestors and bar them from entering a country where a protest is planned; ii) create EU database of all "foreigners" to remove third country nationals who have not left within the "prescribed time frame": Special Statewatch report

Commentaries on the effect on civil liberties of the "war against terrorism" in the EU, UK and US: Commentaries

The new Regulation of public access to EU documents comes into operation on 3 December 2001: FOI
European Appeal: "Democratic rights must not become the collateral damage caused by the war against terrorism" - Press conference, Brussels, on 3 December: Details

Action against terrorism must not undermine human rights, say UN High Commissioner for human rights, Council of Europe and OSCE: Report

Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill: JOINT STATEMENT FROM FIVE ORGANISATIONS - FOR LORDS COMMITTEE MONDAY: Report

Tragic death leads to call for halt to asylum seekers snatch squads in London: Report

Majority of EU governments want a wide definition of "terrorism", one that could include protests: Report

Critique of the ATCS Bill by the Coalition Against the Terrorism Act (CATA): UK Observatory

UK Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill would give the executive unprecedented powers to bring in EU measures on policing and sentencing without any parliamentary debate or amendments: Special Statewatch report

European Parliament and EU governments on a collision course over the retention of data (telecommunications surveillance), text of Council's position: Report

EU Forum on cybercrime: Discussion Paper for Expert’s Meeting on Retention of Traffic Data, 6 November 2001. An informal Working Paper prepared by the Commission services: S.O.S.Europe

UK plans for the retention of data for 12 months: Report
- UK to introduce data retention for 12 months under "voluntary code"
- Power to introduce mandatory retention available too
- UK derogates from 1997 EU Directive on privacy and pre-empts EU decision on data surveillance

Council of the European Union maintains wider definition of "terrorism": Report

Immigration lawyers group (ILPA) report criticises UK anti-terrorism Bill: ILPA

Statewatch "Observatory" in defence of freedom and democracy carries the two latest version of the "Coordination of the implementation of the plan of action to combat terrorism" dated 31.10.01 and 15.11.01: Observatory

Critical reports on proposed UK Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill by UK parliamentary committee and Liberty: Reports
European Commission's anti-hacking proposal for "attacks against information systems": News in brief

Italy: Immigrant group and associations oppose "law against immigrants": Report

Special: Text of US letter from Bush with demands for EU for cooperation:

- a sweeping agenda covering unregulated and unaccountable powers affecting criminal investigations, suspects' rights, the retention of telecommunications data, border controls and asylum policies

"The fragile superpower - US: no longer the land of the free", article from Le Monde diplomatique, November 2001: Article

UK Anti-terrorism, crime and security Bill published (updated 14.11.01): Full-text

European lawyers launch "Appeal": "Democratic rights must not become the collateral damage caused by the war against terrorism": Appeal

UK National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) publishes its "threat assessments" for 2001: NCIS

UK government plans new law for the retention of all telecommunications data for use by the law enforcement agencies: Report

Statewatch's work recognised as "influential" in the EU: EV50

Statewatch editor, Tony Bunyan, has been selected by the European Voice newspaper as one of the fifty most influential people in the EU over the past year.

Police in Sicily mark Sudanese "illegals" with numbers: Report

New version of the "anti-terrorism roadmap" has been added to the post-11 September "Observatory"

Interception of telecommunications in the EU: Update report

- US calls for EU data protection to be ditched
- Council Legal Services says governments already have powers to combat terrorism
- European Parliament committee re-affirms its report on new directive

New laws & practices affecting civil liberties and rights after 11 September - reactions at national level: Report

Statewatch analyses of post-11 September EU measures affecting civil liberties and accountability:

- new measures being rushed through are more concerned with law enforcement than terrorism
- the creation of informal ad hoc and unaccountable "operational" groups and data exchanges

Report

Text of US Patriot Act: Observatory (28.10.01).

European Parliament takes Council to court for failure to consult over new (NATO) classification code - the "Solana Two Decision": Report  Full-text: EU/NATO: Security Regulations (Word 97) Security Regulations (pdf)

"Open letter to the French Parliament" - Fifteen groups write on "Open letter" to protest at the dangers to civil liberties in proposed laws: France

UK anti-terrorism proposals include internment for terrorist "suspects" and data retention by communications providers: Report

Statewatch "Observatory": In defence of freedom & democracy - New laws & practices affecting civil liberties and rights after 11 September in the EU, UK and US: Observatory (updated 16.10.01)

The Council of the European Union proposes a wider definition of "terrorism" and extends it to those who aim to "seriously.. affect..an international organisation" (15.10.01): Report
Amnesty International: Reports on the "backlash" in the aftermath of 11 September and "security and respect" for human rights in the EU (15.10.01): Reports
US: ACLU "Bitterly disappointed" in House-Senate Joint Passage of anti-terrorism legislation: Report
"Snatch squads" being set up in London to deport "failed asylum seekers": Report
EU Regulation forbidding financial transactions with certain persons and entities - EU, US & UK lists of terrorist or proscribed groups: Report
Proposal to create EU para-military police units to counter protests: Report
UK Terrorism Act: 21 proscribed organisations: Report
EU governments want the retention of all telecommunications data for general use by law enforcement agencies under terrorism plan: Report
- governments want to use new terrorism measures to put all communications under surveillance
- governments demanding that EU data protection and privacy laws be "revised" to allow for retention
- Statewatch report on "Data protection and data retention in the EU?"

Ligue des droits de l'Homme (The Belgian League of Human Rights) press release: "Deny terrorism a second victory"

Letter from Fair Trials Abroad on the EU arrest warrant: Letter

Identity cards: Information and documentation from Privacy International

Council of Europe: Cybercrime Convention to be formally adopted on 8 November: Cybercrime

Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC) in the US has produced a detailed analysis of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act 2001: Analysis
European NGOS concerned with privacy and civil liberties urge European leaders to defend citizens' freedoms: Letter to Summit
EU to adopt new laws on terrorism: definition of "terrorism" to cover groups with the aim of "seriously altering... the political, economic or social structure" of one or more countries and their institutions and includes "urban violence": Report and documents
UK Home Office announces new plans to stop immigration: Immigration
Data surveillance introduced in UK and USA - Director of Europol says: "Only by total surveillance is there a chance of total control": Report
“Stop the TABD – Democratic Alternatives to Neoliberal Governance” , TABD Counter-summit, October 12-13, Stockholm (TABD, Transatlantic Business Dialogue): TABD
National Civil Rights Movement: International Festival for Peace, Justice and Human Rights, 10-11 November 2001, London: News in brief
The Statewatch searchable database has been updated, see: New features added. The database has been online since 1991 and is an invaluable resource for students, researchers and journalists: search database
Initial reaction of the Belgian Presidency of the EU on the issues to be considered at the planned intergovernmental conference on future structures: News in brief
European Commission proposal for a Directive on laying down minimum standards for third country nationals and refugees COM (2001) 510, full-text: News in brief
Campsfield hunger strikers' statement, 9 September 2001: Campsfield
Press statement on the court decision on the Oakington detention centre (pdf file): Statement
European Parliament discusses Echelon and Genoa: Report
Statewatch bulletin vol 11 no 3/4 has been published: Contents
Fifty new signatories for the "Call for an Open and Democratic Europe" from 13 countries: Call
Criminalising asylum: The EU adopts the French immigration proposals: Report
Civil society boycotts Hague police conference on public order: Hague
Special Statewatch report on: The "enemy within" - EU plans for the surveillance of protestors and the criminalisation of protests which will:

1. create mechanisms for “operational” cooperation for which there are no legal powers
2. legitimise the ongoing surveillance by “police and intelligence officers” (internal security services) of “persons or groups likely to pose a threat to public order and security
3. create national databases of “troublemakers” based on suspicion and supposition without any legal standards or data protection and allow the unregulated exchange of this data

Report and full documentation

European Ombudsman receives award for work on openness and transparency: News in brief

Northern Ireland: The Pat Finucane Centre press release on the British Government's police implementation plans: Press release

Gothenburg: Statement from Paul Robinson - Gothenberg prisoner: Statement

Genoa: 20 of the PublixTheatreCaravan detainees freed & Germany to challenge Italian "expulsion orders"? Detainees freed

Genoa: Demand for the immediate release of members of the PublixTheatreCaravan. Protest against miscarriage of justice and for freedom of expression, 12.8.01: Appeal

Report by Annelie Buntenbach and Hans-Christian Ströbele, Members of the German Bundestag, on their trip to Genoa on 25 and 26 July 2001: Report

UK police force to deploy "taser" stun guns, including a report on: taser technology

Report from the Human Rights Association in Turkey on the 205 Africans dumped into the border zone between Turkey and Greece: Turkey

Long-awaited European Commission White Paper on "European Governance" was published on 25.7.01: Text (pdf file)

Fair Trials Abroad press statement on Genoa arrests: Genoa arrests

 
UK, London, 31 July: Public meeting organised by the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CACC) (Coalition of groups Against Terrorism Act 2000): Communities Speak Out Against Terrorist Ban

Statewatch wins new complaints against the Council of the European Union: European Ombudsman decides access must be given to the agendas of the EU-US Senior Level Group and the EU-US Task Force: Decision

Statewatch launches Freedom of Information in the EU site with all the background news and documents on access to documents plus a new Observatory on case law: FOI

Genoa, midnight Saturday 21 July: Police raid on independent media centre and school - many injured: Report

Events leading up to the Genoa protests: raids on social centres and left groups and clashes at the Italian borders: Reports from the ground

From Oldham to Bradford: The violence of the violated". The Institute of Race Relations has today published a commentary on the riots in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford: IRR (pdf file)

GENOA: French government stops train from UK going to Genoa - G8 Summit: Genoa1

EU-FBI "Requirements" on interception of telecommunications come home to the UK through RIPA: UK

New report on the emergence of 'xeno-racism' by the Institute of Race Relations is to be launched at the "Statewatching the new Europe 2001" conference on 30 June: Press release Summary and details: xeno-racism

The "law and order" lobby win the first round on the retention of data: The Council of the European Union agrees on the retention of telecommunications data, the European Commission says the European Parliament must now reject the Council's position: Council

EXCLUSIVE: EU governments to decide on the retention of telecommunications data: the European Commission and the EU's Data Protection Working Party strongly oppose initiative led by the UK: Decision time on data retention

Public order policing in Europe - policy backlash expected: Public order

NETHERLANDS - UK: Questions ask whether the death of 58 Chinese immigrants was a "controlled delivery"? Deaths

Dounreay - An end to reprocessing? Dounreay

The first seminar on the new Regulation on access to EU documents is being organised by the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany and Statewatch: Seminar

Full-text of the Turkish government's submission to the EU on its detailed plans to meet the standards for accession to the EU: Turkey

Echelon report by the European Parliament (from cryptome.org) updated with 18 May version of report: Echelon

Adoption of ENFOPOL 29 ("ENFOPOL 98") delayed: S.O.S.Europe

UK Terrorism Act: 21 organisations proscribed: Proscription

Europol corruption scandal: French Europol official arrested for alleged fraud and money-laundering: Europol

Final version of the new EU code of access to documents: Netherlands court case withdrawn & European Parliament negotiating over access to classified documents: New Regulation

EU report shows UK, France and Belgium are planning for communications data to be retained for 12 months: Report

Revised text (27th version) of the Council of Europe Convention on cybercrime: CoE (Word 97, 518k)

Updated 22.5.01: Exclusive Statewatch report: EU governments to give law enforcement agencies access to all telecommunications data: Statewatch report

* EU laws on data protection and privacy to be reviewed to meet demands of the "agencies" for access to all telecommunications content and traffic data

* The Council of the European Union to back retention and archiving of all phone-calls, e-mails, faxes, internet usage and websites for up to seven years

* "ENFOPOL 98" to go through EU Justice and Home Affairs Council at the end of May: extending surveillance to mobile phones, internet usage and websites

* access to documents refused because disclosure "could impede the efficiency of ongoing deliberations"

EXCLUSIVE Statewatch report

Echelon Committee suspicions grow: US agencies cancel appointments with European Parliament delegation: Echelon

Postcript to the vote on the new code of access to EU documents - "Call for an Open Europe" to continue: Postcript updated 16.5.01

The "Call for an Open Europe" is to continue until true openness is established in the EU: Call

European Parliament votes in favour of "deal" with the Council on access to EU documents - campaign for an open and democratic Europe to continue: EP vote revised 4.5.01.

Leading civil society groups send "Open letter" to all MEPs asking them to reject the "deal" on access to EU documents on 3 May: "Open letter"

"Call for an Open Europe": over two hundred sign up
Support for openness: from 72 individuals and organisations across the EU

Full-text of Commission's original proposal and the amendments to it by the European Parliament (to be discussed on 2-3 May) which represents, when combined, the proposed new Regulation on public access to EU documents: Observatory

 "Brussels stitch-up" agreed
- Council, Commission and EP Committee agree "compromise/common text"
- Civil society groups reject "deal" between Council and European Parliament

Press release: "OPEN LETTER from civil society on the new code of access to documents of the EU institutions" (23.4.01)

New code on access to EU documents: Updated 23 April
"Brussels stitch-up" on the cards
- Council and EP rapporteurs agree "common text"
- Civil society groups reject "deal" between Council and European Parliament

"News in brief": Repeal the Official Secrets Act": the UK is one of the few countries in the EU which has a law which punishes "whistle-blowers" and journalists and others who receive "leaked" information on state activities. A campaign has been launched to repeal it: ROSA

European Commission press release on a proposal to limit the right of freedom of movement for the peoples in the country scheduled to join the EU for the first seven years: Press release

European Commission programme announced for "conflict resolution", which is a mixture of the sensible and the interventionist (ie: in the EU interests): Conflict resolution

Journalists Condemn Secrecy in American Trade Talks: "Threat To Foundations of Democracy". The world's largest journalists' group, the International Federation of Journalists, today condemned a "sinister process of secrecy" that has excluded civil society groups and citizens from negotiations on a new trade agreement between 34 countries to be discussed at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec next week: FTAA

Exclusive: Where now for accountability in the EU? - "sanitised" annual report on Europol - arbitrary decision discontinues Schengen annual reports - chair of EP itizens' Freedoms and Rights Committee demands full report: Report

The SEMDOC legislative observatory on justice and home affairs in the EU has now been updated, see: What's new ("What's New" is accessible but this is a subscriber site so to see details), go to get: Access

The UK government's plans to expand the police DNA database comes under attack from the Human Genetics Commission: Human Genetics Commission: News in brief

New Council draft code undermines current rights of access: New draft

Highly critical report on CoE draft cyber crime Convention by EU data protection advisers: News online

European Federation of Journalists call for an end to secret negotiations and a "fresh start" on the new code of access to EU documents: "Fresh start"

The fourth version of the European Parliament's draft report on the new code of access to EU documents plus a critique of it has been added to the Observatory on access: Observatory

Validity of secret "trilogue" meetings over new code of access to EU documents thrown into question: Report

Statewatch to get award for its work on EU openness: Award

Fourth version of the Cashman/Maij-Weggen (PSE/PPE) report for the European Parliament on the new code of access to EU documents dated 22 March 2001: Observatory on access to EU documents

The SEMDOC legislative observatory on justice and home affairs in the EU has now been updated (21.3.01). This is the most comprehensive source of information on measures going through or adopted (currently over 130 meaures) It cover measures the Council and the European Commission and responses of the European Parliament - many links to the full-text of proposals and reports: SEMDOC legislative observatory This is a subscriber site, to get: Access

The Statewatch database has been updated: Search database  (22.3.01)

Council Decisions: 1) gives EU member states a "veto" over access to documents 2) new Solana classification code will "contaminate" access: Decisions

 Hautala v. Council: Partial access to documents: News online

New draft of the Council of Europe Convention on cyber-crime: News in brief

(13.3.01) Statewatch wins two new complaints: European Ombudsman decision breaches "space to think": European Ombudsman

(13.3.01) New issue of Statewatch bulletin covers: EU-FBI surveillance plan/DNA database plans/the Criminal Justice and Police Bill/the Schengen Information System/Crowd control tecnologies and much more, for full contents see: Statewatch bulletin

"UK parliament report slams the "Solana Decision" on access to EU documents: Report

"Trilogue" talks start again - call by civil society groups for an end to secret negotiations: Trilogue II

"Trilogue" discussions collapse with no agreement - 1st May deadline will not be met: Trilogue

"Lawfully Authorised Electronic Surveillance", standards for interception prepared by the US telecommunications industry (it is a large 495k pdf file): News in brief

Interception Requirements Get Dutch Internet Providers Into Trouble: News in brief

DCS1000: The device formerly known as Carnivore has been renamed: Carnivore

Seminar on access to EU documents, 27 February, Brussels: Seminar

UK Prime Minister and Home Secretary argue: Refugees and asylum-seekers: no, "legal migration": yes and critics take them to task: Migration

ECAS press release on new code of access: press release

 Access to documents: New draft shows how far the EU is from real freedom of information

UK Prime Minister argues: Refugees and asylum-seekers: NO, "legal migration": YES: No to refugees

See News in Brief for: reports on World Social Forum meeting and report by Human Rights Watch on Greek Immigration Bill

EU institutions to hold "trilogue" meetings to try and sort a "compromise" on their different versions of the new code of access: trilogue (news, 22.1.01)

Report from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service: "Anti-globalisation - a spreading phenomenon" and article from Le Monde Diplomatique on the debate: "Frightening the free marketeers"

Code of access to EU documents for civil society launched: Our code



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