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11 February 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (5-11.2.19)

Including: How EU Countries Undermine the Right to Liberty by Expanding the Use of Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Entry - Libya: Parallel forces under interior ministry dominating decision making in Tripoli - Spain: APDHA, EntreFronteras and the Andalusia Union of Journalists call for an end to the information blackout at the southern border

11 February 2019

Government permission to travel: “Authority to Carry”

"A white paper on the use of PNR and API data (airline reservations), published by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in January 2019, lays out more starkly than ever before the goal of governments around the world: a permission-based system of government control and prior restraint in which a common carrier must receive “Authority to Carry” with respect to each passenger, before allowing them to board any flight."

11 February 2019

Crossing a Red Line: How EU Countries Undermine the Right to Liberty by Expanding the Use of Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Entry

"This week the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, in conjunction with ECRE and a number of European project partners, launched their report “Crossing a Red Line: How EU Countries Undermine the Right to Liberty by Expanding the Use of Detention of Asylum Seekers upon Entry.” By examining four case studies; Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary and Italy, this research explores how asylum seekers’ rights to liberty are undermined upon entry, with a specific focus on de facto detention."

11 February 2019

Munich Security Report 2019: The great puzzle: who will pick up the pieces?

"Looking at the current state of international affairs it is difficult to escape the feeling that the world is not just witnessing a series of smaller and bigger crises. Rather, the entire liberal international order appears to be falling apart – nothing will we be as it once was."

11 February 2019

German rescue ship named after drowned toddler Alan Kurdi

"The photograph of three-year-old Alan Kurdi's lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach shocked the world in 2015. A German rescue organization has now named a ship after the toddler."

11 February 2019

European Parliament studies: EU enforcement of the rule of law; the "parliamentary" nature of the Council of the EU

Two recent studies undertaken for the European Parliament examine the EU's framework for enforcing the rule of law in its Member States; and "the parliamentary nature of the Council."

10 February 2019

EU: New criminal records database for non-EU nationals is "disproportionate and discriminatory"

A new EU database for holding information on convicted non-EU nationals is "disproportionate and discriminatory", says an analysis published today by Statewatch.

08 February 2019

Fusion Centres in Six European Countries: Emergence, Roles and Challenges

A study by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism on fusion centres, bodies "tasked with interagency coordination in the field of preventing and countering terrorism."

07 February 2019

EU: "Interoperable" databases or rather the creation of a centralised Justice and Home Affairs database

First two measures agreed between the Council and the European Parliament - full text of Regulations

07 February 2019

Interpol investigates war crimes in Syria and Iraq

"Many „foreign fighters“ return to their home countries, 40 Germans and 130 French citizens alone are to be transferred from Kurdish prisons. The authorities are collecting „battlefield evidence“ to bring them to court."

07 February 2019

Cotonou successor: EU-Africa relations at the crossroads

"Negotiators are hoping to break the back on talks for the successor to the Cotonou Agreement, which expires in May 2020, between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP)."

07 February 2019

Criminalising Dissent: the Stansted 15 and the Hostile Environment

"A lecture examining political resistance to the UK’s ‘deport now, appeal later policy’, the value of direct action and what the judgement on the Stansted 15 means for the future of political dissent."

07 February 2019

No quick fix for citizen rights under no-deal Brexit, says EU official

"Nearly 5 million British and EU citizens could be stuck in limbo after a no-deal Brexit, a senior EU official has warned, who said it could take several years “to pick up the pieces” of the UK crashing out of the bloc."

06 February 2019

New UN deal with data mining firm Palantir raises protection concerns

"CIA-linked software firm Palantir will help the UN’s World Food Programme analyse its data in a new partnership worth $45 million, both organisations announced Tuesday, drawing immediate flak from privacy and data protection activists."

06 February 2019

EU: Follow the Money II – Report

"The Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF) 2014-20 aims to contribute, via financial assistance, to the effective management of migration flows and to the implementation and development of a common EU approach to asylum and migration."


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