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14 October 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (1-14.10.19)

Latest news from across Europe (1-14.10.19)

14 October 2019

Aegean Boat Report: Week 41: Report

"A total of 181 boats started their trip towards the Greek Islands, carrying a total of 5915 people. However, 125 boats were stopped by TCG/police, and 1776 people arrived on the Greek Islands."

14 October 2019

Border Violence Monitoring Network: Balkan Region – Report September 2019

The Border Violence Monitoring Network has just published it’s September report analyzing collated testimony of pushbacks and police violence in the Western Balkans

14 October 2019

UK: London: Police ban climate protests

"The Climate and Ecological Emergency isn’t going away and we remain resolute in facing it."

14 October 2019

Catalonia leaders jailed for sedition by Spanish court

"Spain's Supreme Court has sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in an independence referendum in 2017."

13 October 2019

Hungary's opposition wins Budapest election, makes gains in other cities

"Hungary’s opposition scored its biggest election victory in a decade on Sunday when liberal challenger Gergely Karacsony ousted ruling-party incumbent Istvan Tarlos as mayor of Budapest and opposition parties made gains in other major cities as well."

11 October 2019

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the United Kingdom, focusing on police and prisons in Scotland

"The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation in police and prison establishments in Scotland and to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2012; specific attention was paid to inmates in segregation, in remand, women prisoners generally and to overall healthcare issues."

11 October 2019

Hungary: Commission takes next step in the infringement procedure for nonprovision of food in transit zones

"the European Commission decided to address a reasoned opinion to Hungary concerning the non-provision of food to persons held in the Hungarian transit zones at the border with Serbia. This concerns persons whose applications for international protection have been rejected, and who are waiting to be returned to a third country."

11 October 2019

Greece calls for more NATO ships to patrol Aegean Sea following Turkey’s Syria offensive

"Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on NATO to increase naval patrols in the Aegean Sea on Thursday (10 October) after a threat by Turkey to open Europe’s doors to more than three million migrants."

11 October 2019

UK: Implications of Brexit for asylum policy highlighted in new report

"The most significant implication of UK withdrawal from the EU’s Dublin System – which determines responsibility for asylum applications – would be the loss of a safe, legal route for the reunion of separated refugee families in Europe, the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Committee’s report Brexit: refugee protection and asylum policy has found."

11 October 2019

UK: Hate crime surged during Brexit ‘surrender’ bill debates in parliament, police reveal

"Hate crime spiked during parliamentary debates around what Boris Johnson labelled a “surrender bill” aiming to prevent a no-deal Brexit, police have revealed."

10 October 2019

EU: Joint press release of the Palermo Charter Platform Process on the results of the EU Summit of Home Affairs Ministers on 23 September in Malta and the consequent negotiations on 8 October in Luxembourg

"The Malta Agreement ("agreement on temporary reception and distribution mechanism") is not a hard-won solution, but nothing more than a partial emergency relief. We, European civil society initiatives and networks, mayors of European cities and search and rescue non-governmental organizations, demand a real solution that is adequate to the scale of the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea."

10 October 2019

EU Copyright crackdown risks ‘automated censorship’ – Stihler

"Former MEP Catherine Stihler (pictured) spoke out against “the blind faith many will put in automated technology or systems to oversee enforcement of new copyright rules”."

10 October 2019

Brexit: EU citizens who miss registration deadline face deportation - minister

"The UK will deport EU citizens after Brexit if they do not apply for the right to remain in time, Home Office minister Brandon Lewis says."

10 October 2019

EP: Briefing: Role of Advocates General at the CJEU

"Today, there are 11 Advocates General, six of these posts are permanently assigned to the larger Member States. Advocates General are Members of the Court of Justice of the EU, and are appointed under the same procedure as judges. They enjoy the same privileges as judges (immunity), and cannot be removed from office before the end of their six-year term of office. They may be re-elected. Unlike judges, however, they only have an advisory role and do not take part in the decision-making on cases."

10 October 2019

Are You Syrious Daily Digest 10/10/19

"World Mental Health Day — Psychological distress worse than ever, with new attacks, displacement and thousands stuck in inhumane conditions"

10 October 2019

EU: Reform of Council transparency in stalemate

"EU member states have recently been discussing how to open up their decision-making to more public scrutiny, especially in their legislative forum, the Council of the EU. The Council plays a crucial and powerful role in agreeing new EU rules and regulations, but has been compared to a “black box” by the EU’s own Ombudsman when it comes to transparency."

10 October 2019

Migrant deaths: 19,000 in Mediterranean in past 6 years

"The Mediterranean crossing continues to be the deadliest migrant route worldwide: 19,000 migrants have been reported dead or missing since October 3, 2013. So far this year, the crossing has claimed over 1,000 victims."

10 October 2019

Security Union: Commission calls on 4 Member States to respect EU exclusive competence in the area of automated DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration data exchange (Prüm Decisions)

"The Commission decided today to launch infringement procedure by sending letters of formal notice to Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania for signing an agreement with 5 Western Balkan countries on the automated exchange of DNA data, dactyloscopic data and vehicle registration on 13 September 2018."

10 October 2019

EU: Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM)

"This document provides an updated overview of the main external migration dialogues and processes implemented in the framework of the EU Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM)."


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