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05 March 2019

Stop Soros Law Left on the Books – The Return of the “Red Tail”?

"The Hungarian Constitutional Court ruled on 28 February 2019 that the criminalization of “facilitating illegal immigration” – introduced by the so-called Stop Soros legislative package targeting human rights NGOs – does not violate the Fundamental Law."

04 March 2019

Italy: The measure of a minister: Salvini paints a racist death threat as a demand for security

A racist death threat directed at a young Senegalese man has been described by the Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini as a request for "security and legality."

04 March 2019

New Danish assessment makes future uncertain for Syrian asylum seekers

"An assessment by the Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) of the security situation in Syria’s Damascus province could affect refugees from that region who seek asylum in Denmark, and those already granted it."

04 March 2019

UK: Sean Rigg: Sister Marcia Rigg-Samuel vows to continue fight

"The sister of Sean Rigg has vowed to continue her fight for justice after a police misconduct panel dismissed allegations against five officers involved in his fatal detention."

04 March 2019

UK: Right to Rent breaches human rights law and fuels racism, High Court rules

"The Right to Rent scheme is a vehicle for racism and xenophobia, a High Court judge has ruled."

04 March 2019

Drone Surveillance Operations in the Mediterranean

The Central Role of the Portuguese Economy and State in EU Border Control

04 March 2019

Diego Garcia, Chagos Islands – legacy of displacement and torture

"The torturous history of some 2000 Chagossian people was finally recognised this week by the United Nations, who issued a statement insisting that the UK return the island territory to its residents, to enable them to go back home and administer the island as is their right."

04 March 2019

Greece: Athens: suspicious death of a Nigerian man in Omonia police station

On Tuesday 26 February several anti-racist collectives and migrant associations organised a demonstration in downtown Athens to demand truth over the death of Ebuka Mamashoubek, a 34-year old Nigerian father-of-two, at the police station of Omonia.

04 March 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (26.2-4.3.19)

Officials knew EU military mission made migration more dangerous; Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM) update report; Common European Asylum System legislation; still going nowhere fast

01 March 2019

EU: Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM) update report

The Commission Services together with the EEAS (European External Action Service) have produced the latest: GAMM update.

01 March 2019

European Parliament studies: Disinformation, propaganda and the rule of law; Reform of the Dublin system

"The study formulates recommendations on how to tackle this threat to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. It specifically addresses the role of social media platform providers in this regard."

01 March 2019

EU declines to match UK’s citizens’ rights guarantee

"The European Union will not match the UK government’s decision to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, and a Commission spokesperson insisted on Thursday (28 February) that the bloc would not negotiate ‘mini deals’."

28 February 2019

Europe’s deadly migration strategy

Officials knew EU military operation made Mediterranean crossing more dangerous

28 February 2019

ECHR: Unaccompanied migrant minors in detention

"“[I]t is important to bear in mind that [the child’s extreme vulnerability] is the decisive factor and ... takes precedence over considerations relating to the ... status [of] illegal immigrant.”

28 February 2019

IT systems to run UK borders 'may not be ready for no-deal Brexit'

National Audit Office warns of lack of Brexit preparations at UK border and by traders

27 February 2019

Sweden: Rogue algorithm stops welfare payments for up to 70,000 unemployed

"Automated decision-making has become a national talking point in Sweden, after a report by the country’s public broadcaster revealed thousands of unemployed people were wrongly denied benefits by a government computer run amok."

27 February 2019

Northern Ireland: UKSC: No investigation into Pat Finucane’s death so far has been Article 2 compliant

"The widow of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane has been granted a declaration that the state has failed to deliver an Article 2 compliant investigation into the death of her husband, who was shot and killed by loyalist paramilitaries in collusion with the UK security forces."


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