News in Brief, November - December 2002

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EU:Press release from Justice and Home Affairs Council, 19 December 2002: Press release (pdf)

EU: European Ombudsman publishes guide on how Ombudsman can help citizens: Guide (link)

UK: Report on the operation in 2001 of the Terrorism Act 2000. It shows that 131 people were arrested under the Act in the year February-February 2001-2002, of these only 41 were charged and of those charged only 19 were under the Terrorism Act: Report (link)

UK parliament Research Paper on: Communications data: access and retention: Research paper (link)


Speech by Sivanandan, Director of the Institute of Race Relations, "The contours of global racism": Text of talk (link)

USA: Text of Homeland Security Act of 2002: Text (link)

NATO meeting in Prague agree to create a "rapid reaction force" which can act globally: Press release

UK: Police arrests, stop and search figures for England and Wales (2001). The statistics show that 740,700 people were stopped and searched, 13% were arrested (but no figures given for the number convicted). This means that 644,409 people were stopped and searched and were not arrested: Report (large pdf, 535k)

The UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has published a report on "Private Military Companies": Text (a very large pdf file 3MB)

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