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names to victims deaths in Italian deportation centres
(AYS Daily Digest 20/01/20, link):
"Twentynine people died
in Italian deportation centres from 1998 until 2020.
The last death occurred on
Saturday 18th January 2020 in the CPR of Gradisca dIsonzo,
when Vakhtang Enukidze lost his life, as he was surrounded by
8 policemen in riot gears and beaten heavily, causing him fatal
Days Later: Rule of Law in Poland R.I.P. (Part I) (Verfassungsblog,
"On 13 January 2016,
exactly four years ago today, the Commission activated its rule
of law framework for the very first time with respect to Poland
(for our previous 2-part post assessing the situation as of 13
January 2019 see here).
Queens Speech: setting the public against its
enemies (IRR, link) by Frances Webber:
"What will be the ramifications
of the Conservative governments policies, as set out in
the December Queens Speech, for BAME communities and all
those fighting for racial justice, both domestically and internationally?"
seek lawful ways of intercepting 5G communications
"The European Commission
is working alongside Europol and EU member states to identify
appropriate ways of preserving lawful interception capabilities
in 5G networks, said Ylva Johansson, the EUs Home
See: Statewatch Analysis: A
world without wiretapping? (pdf)
crisis: latest news from across Europe (14-20.1.20) including:
- Danish asylum centre slammed
in anti-torture report
- Greece: Migrants face increasingly
- Dozens of German cities petition
to take in more refugees
the EU in a freedom security and justice area: first Council
ideas for a Strategic Agenda (2019-2024) (free-group.eu, link):
"This is a joint discussion
paper for both justice and home affairs submitted by the Croatian
Presidency to the other delegations and to be debated at the
Informal JHA Council in Zagreb on January 23rd-24th."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (17.12.19-13.1.20) including:
- How Forced Labor in Eritrea
Is Linked to E.U.-Funded Projects
- Libya militias rake in millions
in European migration funds: AP
- Complaint filed with UN body
over Italys role in privatised push-backs to Libya resulting
in migrant abuse
- Migrant arrivals from Turkey
to Europe nearly double in 2019
repeats itself with calls to introduce mandatory SIM registration
An official review of police
action against 'county lines' drugs gangs has said that the possibility
for people to purchase and use mobile phone SIM cards anonymously
"enables criminality" and that the Home Office "should
commission a review of the criminal abuse of mobile telecommunications
services" by the end of 2020.
Workshop on Northern Ireland: THE LEGACY OF COLLUSION
on Northern Ireland: Thursday 30 January 2020: 18.00 - 20.00
c/o: MAYDAY ROOMS, 88 Fleet St, London EC4Y
on the hot returns from the Chafarinas on 3 January: "a
serious violation of human rights"
Yesterday morning, on 3 January
2020, a group of 42 migrant people, including 26 women and two
children aged three and four, reached Congress Island in the
Chafarinas archipelago. That same evening, the Guardia Civil
enacted the summary return of the 42 migrants. On this occasion,
the Spanish government allowed the hot return of vulnerable minors
analysis: Shadow army or isolated cases? Right-wing structures
in the security authorities
Over two years after the case
of Franco A came to light, public attention and official sensitivity
to the problem of right-wing attitudes and structures in the
military and police have decreased significantly. Nevertheless,
individual revelations about right-wing structures and incidents
in the Bundeswehr (Germany army) and the police continue to raise
Lifeline captain conviction overturned on appeal (Malta
"MV Lifeline captain
Claus Peter Reisch is a free man, after the Court of Criminal
Appeal overturned his conviction for ship registration irregularities."
militias rake in millions in European migration funds: AP (Al Jazeera, link):
"...the misery of migrants
in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative web of businesses
funded in part by the EU and enabled by the United Nations, an
Associated Press investigation has found."
policy allowing informants to commit serious crimes ruled lawful
(The Guardian, link):
secret policy allowing agents and informants to participate in
serious crimes is lawful, judges have ruled by a three-to-two
International & others v Secretary of State for Foreign and
Commonwealth Affairs & others (pdf) and: Press
Johnson condemned for dropping pledge to replace family reunion
law (Guardian, link):
"Lawyers warn loss of
reunion rights for unaccompanied refugee children will put them
The loss of family reunion
rights for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children will leave them
with no options except taking dangerous routes and
using smugglers, charities in France and Greece are warning.
The prime minister, Boris
Johnson, faced criticism after he told parliament he had dropped
a promise to replace the EU law that allows child refugees stranded
in Europe to reunite with family members in the UK after Brexit.
Clare Moseley, the director of Care4Calais, said the news was
devastating for those working with young asylum-seekers."
to say no to Governments plan to strengthen
police powers against Travellers (Friends Families and
"On 5 November 2019,
the Government launched a consultation to strengthen
police powers against roadside Travellers. We need as
many people as possible to stand up and fight against the Governments
plans. The information below shows the possible changes and explains
how you can respond to the consultation."
Show Apparent Illegal Pushback of Migrants (Der Spiegel,
"The Greek government
has repeatedly denied carrying out illegal "pushbacks"
at its land border with Turkey. No asylum seekers, Athens insists,
have been forced back across the Evros River into Turkey without
a fair asylum process -- even if numerous refugees been claiming
otherwise for years."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (10-16.12.19) including:
- GREECE: No-Rights Zone: How
people in need of protection are being denied crucial access
to legal information and assistance in the Greek islands
EU hotspot camps
- Europe spends billions stopping
migration. Good luck figuring out where the money actually goes
- Data watchdog raps EU asylum
body for snooping
analysis: Monitoring "secondary movements" and "hotspots":
Frontex is now an internal surveillance agency
The EU's border agency, Frontex,
now has powers to gather data on "secondary movements"
and the "hotspots" within the EU. The intention is
to ensure "situational awareness" and produce risk
analyses on the migratory situation within the EU, in order to
inform possible operational action by national authorities. This
brings with it increased risks for the fundamental rights of
both non-EU nationals and ethnic minority EU citizens.
crisis: latest news from across Europe (3-9.12.19) including:
- Report on illegal pushbacks
at the Greek-Turkish border
- Ministers call for renewed
migrant smuggling crackdown on "Eastern Mediterranean"
- Croatia Is Abusing Migrants
While the EU Turns a Blind Eye
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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