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10 July 2020

EU: Here we go again (again, again): push for asylum centres at the external borders

Those not expelled following an unsuccesful asylum claim or relocated following a succesful one would "end up in some sort of facility," reports EUobserver.

10 July 2020

UN: Armed drones: Special Rapporteur examines the dawning of the "second drone age"

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, has issued a new report examining the expanding use of armed drones.

10 July 2020

Greece: Unrest as government passes new anti-protest law

There have been demonstrations across Greece against a new law which introduces a requirement to apply for a 'licence to protest'. In Athens, where more than 10,000 people gathered in opposition to the new measures, police reportedly detained 24 people. Violence broke out when a group of protesters threw petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas and flash grenades. Demonstrations have been held outside courts in support of those arrested.

09 July 2020

Malta: Renewed call for justice 1,000 days after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

A dozen human rights group have signed a statement calling for those involved in the killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia to be brought to justice, 1,000 days after her assassination and in the wake of "yet more disturbing revelations of state corruption and impunity".

09 July 2020

Europol: plans afoot to legalise unlawful acts

The European Commission recently launched a consultation on possible changes to Europol's mandate, which would give the policing agency greater data-gathering and processing powers. Some of the proposals under consideration would legalise ongoing activities for which there is currently no legal basis, such as the processing of the personal data of innocent people. Statewatch's submission to the consultation called for a much broader discussion on the agency's role and operations.

09 July 2020

COVID-19 opens the way for the use of police drones in Greece

As part of EDRi's series on 'COVIDTech', Greek digital rights organisation Homo Digitalis examines how the pandemic has provided the perfect opportunity for Greek police to make use of new rules allowing the deployment of drones for law enforcement purposes.

09 July 2020

Black Lives Matter – whatever their nationality

Migration scholar Bridget Anderson examines how and why politicians can declare that 'Black Lives Matter' whilst ignoring how racism and contemporary migration policies intersect.

08 July 2020

In-depth investigations into policing and cross-border DNA exchange in the EU

The EXCHANGE project, run by the University of Minho in Portugal, has been investigating the cross-border transfer of DNA through the EU's Prüm system and has produced a number of articles of interest.

07 July 2020

German government split over police racial profiling study

German interior minister Horst Seehofer wants to press pause on a planned study on racial profiling by the country's police forces, but the justice minister, Christine Lambrecht, has said it is "right and important" that the study take place.


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