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22 January 2019

Greece: Experts warn of dangers of excessive tear gas use in letter to PM

"The Association of Greek Chemists sent a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday warning of the hazards of tear gas use as to disperse crowds during unrest at protest rallies."

22 January 2019

Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks: UN call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy

""The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing."

21 January 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (10-21.1.19)

Including: - Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers - Germany deports record number of refugees to other EU states - 'About 170 migrants dead' in Mediterranean shipwrecks - EU: Council: Values of the Union - Hungary - Article 7 (1)

21 January 2019

Launch of New Atlas of Migration

"Launched on the occasion of International Migrants Day, a new Atlas from the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography provides insights on migration for all EU Member States and 44 non-EU countries."

21 January 2019

Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers

"(Brussels) – European Union policies contribute to a cycle of extreme abuse against migrants in Libya, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The EU and Italy’s support for the Libyan Coast Guard contributes significantly to the interception of migrants and asylum seekers and their subsequent detention in arbitrary, abusive detention in Libya."

21 January 2019

Germany deports record number of refugees to other EU states

"In 2018, more refugees were transferred from Germany to other EU member states than ever before, according to an Interior Ministry report obtained by German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. The report was a response to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left Party."

21 January 2019

'About 170 migrants dead' in Mediterranean shipwrecks

"About 170 people are feared to have died in two separate Mediterranean shipwrecks, the UNHCR says."

17 January 2019

Promoting rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU

"EP wants to triple the budget for the Rights and Values Programme - Fast-track procedure to support democratic dialogue where EU values are at risk"

16 January 2019

EU-Ireland: Fingerprints in passport cards: Irish government obtains opt-out

The Irish government has obtained an opt-out from what would have been a requirement for the fingerprinting of all holders of the country's passport card, which can be used as a more convenient alternative to the standard passport book.

16 January 2019

Germany's intelligence agency to step up surveillance of AfD

"Germany's domestic intelligence will step up monitoring for political extremism of the far-right AfD [Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany] party, sources said Tuesday, a blow to the party in a busy election year."

16 January 2019

Libya: Rescued at sea, locked up, then sold to smugglers

"The Souq al Khamis detention centre in Khoms, Libya, is so close to the sea that migrants and refugees can hear waves crashing on the shore. Its detainees – hundreds of men, women and children – were among 15,000 people caught trying to cross the Mediterranean in flimsy boats in 2018, after attempting to reach Italy and the safety of Europe."

16 January 2019

UK: 'Degrading strip search left me with PTSD'

"A woman subjected to a "degrading" strip search by police in London is challenging a decision not to punish the officer who authorised it."


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