2017

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11 September 2017

Sea-Watch is called to rescue 27 refugees in the Aegean Sea

"Laila is standing on the deck of the Sea-Watch 1, shivering. When speedboat driver Ben takes her hand, she doesn't let go. In her life, Laila has seen a lot more awful things than a German rescue ship. But last night she was scared to death again, when she was crossing the sea from Turkey to Greece. Together with her boyfriend, she left behind the war in Kobane, Syria. Everything she still carries with her from her past life fits into a small pink bag.

11 September 2017

Brexit: UK government position paper: Foreign policy, defence and development: A Future Partnership Paper

"The UK’s commitment to European security will remain steadfast, and we will seek to agree new arrangements that enable us to sustain close UK-EU cooperation that will allow us to tackle our shared threats.

11 September 2017

FRANCE: The harassment of Cédric Herrou, defender of migrants’ rights, must end

"The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) and the Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH) condemns the police and judicial harassment in France against Mr. Cédric Herrou, as denounced by the Observatory in an Urgent Appeal published on August 28, 2017. This harassment reflects a policy from the French Government to hinder the work of defenders of migrants’ rights and their organisations.

11 September 2017

Brexit: Deportations of EU citizens soar since referendum

Exclusive: The number of EU citizens being removed from the UK has now increased fivefold since 2010

11 September 2017

UK: PREVENT is about Policing Dissent not Safeguarding

"Anti-war, Fracking, Pro-Palestinian, Anti-Austerity, Animal Rights; Aid Convoys – these have all been identified as “threats” under PREVENT.

11 September 2017

Review highlights discrimination in criminal justice system, but a missed opportunity to examine policing

The publication of the Lammy Review into the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the English and Welsh criminal justice system has demonstrated the significant racial bias that many have long suspected. However, the remit of the review was drawn so narrowly that it was unable to examine the relationship between the police and BAME people - a regrettable missed opportunity according to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, whose director, Richard Garside, commented that: "The starting point of the disproportionate criminalisation and punishment of black and minority ethnic people is their disproportionate rates of arrest by the police."

11 September 2017

UK: Five army men held over alleged membership of banned UK neo-Nazi group

"Five serving members of the British army have been arrested on suspicion of being members of the recently banned neo-Nazi group National Action.

 

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