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23 December 2019

Brexit: Johnson condemned for dropping pledge to replace family reunion law

"Lawyers warn loss of reunion rights for unaccompanied refugee children will put them in danger."

20 December 2019

Greece: Unaccompanied Children at Risk - Arriving Alone in Island Camp, They Face Insecurity, Neglect

" Hundreds of unaccompanied children on the Greek island of Lesbos are exposed to inhuman and degrading living conditions, Human Rights Watch said today. Children, unable to secure a place in the overcrowded specialized accommodation for unaccompanied children, face unsanitary and insecure conditions sleeping rough, sometimes in the open, in other formal and informal parts of the camp on the island."

20 December 2019

Europol: SIRIUS: European Union Digital Evidence Situation Report 2019

"The report presents data in relation to the volume of requests from EU Member States to online service providers; the main reasons for refusal or delay of EU requests; and the main challenges in the process from the perspective of the different stakeholders."

20 December 2019

European Parliament Study: The European Commission package of ETIAS consequential amendments - Substitute impact assessment

"This assessment concludes, inter alia, that the Commission package expands the scope of the European Criminal Record Information System for Third-Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN) beyond the purposes stated in the ECRIS-TCN Regulation. This expansion constitutes a serious interference with the rights to respect for private life and to protection of personal data."

19 December 2019

Europe is home to a grave humanitarian crisis – but Brussels looks the other way

"In a Greek refugee camp, adults are being stabbed or raped, while children freeze. This suffering shames our continent."

18 December 2019

EU: European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)

Commission note explaining the "consequential amendments" to the ETIAS Regulation

18 December 2019

UN experts decry rise in migrant detentions in Greece

"UN experts on arbitrary detention have urged the Greek government to make urgent changes to the detention of migrants, stressing that the country was in continuing violation of various international standards.

18 December 2019

EU: The “reliable neighbour” must recognise the rights of migrants, at last!

A call from EuroMed Rights on International Migrants Day for the EU and its member states to ratify the 1990 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.

18 December 2019

Greece-Turkey: Videos Show Apparent Illegal Pushback of Migrants

"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."

18 December 2019

State advertising as an instrument of transformation of the media market in Hungary

"The study uses a comparative-historical perspective to examine the practice of state advertising in the Hungarian media by looking at the relevant practices of three governments."


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