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Greek Council for Refugees: To
the Supreme Court Prosecutor: Complaint on Push-Back Incidents
in the Region of Evros during the months of April - June 2019
"Complaints during the
past two years
For the past two years, complaints on push-backs from the region
of Evros have continuously been brought to our attention. We
are aware that, at least, three such complaints have come to
the prosecuting authorities knowledge (...)
Incidents against Turkish
citizens during the past 2 months: At least from 27-4-2019 and
onwards, GCR has received continuous complaints on push-backs
perpetrated against primarily Turkish nationals, cited."
Justice and Home Affairs meeting focuses on "battlefield
information and PNR", migration and border policy, and access
to electronic evidence
Outcome of proceedings of the EU-US Justice
and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting (Bucharest, 19 June 2019) (LIMITE doc no: 10430-19, pdf)
security company spied on Julian Assanges meetings with
"EL PAÍS has had
access to video, audio and written reports showing that the WikiLeaks
founder was the target of a surveillance operation while living
at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.(...)
Julian Assange was spied on
hours a day during the time that he spent at the Ecuadorian
embassy in London, where he took refuge for seven years."
security in the EU: Moving from data collection to data
"The European Union intends
to further strengthen operational cooperation and exchange of
information between police authorities. The focus will be on
upgrading Europol, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this
The proposal would also integrate
decentralised systems into the "interoperability model.
The Romanian Presidency paper describes this as moving
from data collection to data connection. Among other things,
the Prüm Treaty is mentioned. All Member States of the European
Union agreed there to allow mutual consultation of national fingerprint
and DNA databases. Norway and Iceland are also taking part, and
recently also decided to join."
court hearing puts EU data transfers in jeopardy - Austrian privacy
campaigner Max Schrems is getting his second chance to bring
down a major transatlantic agreement (Politico, link):
"On Tuesday, the European
Court of Justice in Luxembourg will hear arguments in another
case brought by Schrems over claims that the U.S. government
does not sufficiently protect Europeans' data when it is shipped
across the Atlantic.
"There is fundamentally
a clash between surveillance laws in the U.S. and privacy rules
in Europe," he said. "We're in a debate about who governs
the internet. Europe governs privacy, but the U.S. governs surveillance."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (25.6-5.7.19)
Without Trace: migrant deaths in the Mediterranean (IRR News, link):
"An exhibition that bears witness to migrant deaths in
the Mediterranean challenges us to confront the UKs complicity
in Europes war on asylum."
judge says German migrant rescue captain free to go (EurActiv, link):
"An Italian judge said
Tuesday (2 July) that Sea-Watch 3 captain Carola Rackete was
free to go, three days after her arrest for docking with 40 migrants
aboard her rescue ship in defiance of an Italian ban."
threatens migrant rescue NGO with 900k fine (Catalan News, link):
"The Spanish authorities
have threatened Catalan NGO, Proactiva Open Arms, with fines
amounting to 901,000 euros for defying orders confining its migrant
rescue ship to port in order to save refugees stranded in the
far-right group 'used police data to compile death list'
(The Guardian, link):
"A group of German rightwing
extremists compiled a death list of leftwing and
pro-refugee targets by accessing police records, then stockpiled
weapons and ordered body bags and quicklime to kill and dispose
of their victims, German media have reported, citing intelligence
EU: Finnish Presidency
agenda highlights digitisation, new technologies and artificial
The Finnish Council Presidency:
agendas for Council meetings, during the second semester of 2019
(the Finnish Presidency) (73 pages, pdf)
of data on missing migrant children leads to gaps in protection
(University of Bristol,
"A new report highlights
the need for better data on migrant deaths and disappearances,
particularly those of missing migrant children.
This year's Fatal
Journeys 4 report, by the International Organization
for Migration (IOM) and co-edited by University of Bristol academic
Ann Singleton, focuses on missing migrant children, giving the
growing number embarking on dangerous migrant journeys.
According to IOM data, nearly
1,600 children have been reported dead or missing since 2014,
though many more go unrecorded."
The European Commissions:
High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence - Final report:
Guidelines for Trustworthy AI (pdf) To be discussed at
a meeting of the European
AI Alliance on 26 June (link)
Applicants detention in an immigration centre violated
the Convention after it became clear that no safe third country
would admit him (pdf):
"The case concerned a
man who was held in detention pending possible deportation for
extended periods while the authorities sought a safe third country
to remove him to. This case concerned his detention from July
crisis: latest news from across Europe (18-24.6.19) including:
- Calais volunteer acquitted
of contempt and assault
- Council Working Paper: Guidelines
on temporary arrangements for disembarkation
- New reports on violence at
EU borders and crackdown on volunteers
- EU must rethink migration
policy that empowers "unaccountable militias and regimes"
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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