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09 January 2019

Greece: Pregnant women, children and survivors of torture abandoned in Greek camps as screening system breaks down

"Hundreds of pregnant women, unaccompanied children and survivors of torture are being abandoned in refugee camps on the Greek islands, an Oxfam report revealed today. It details how the system to identify and protect the most vulnerable people has broken down due to chronic understaffing and flawed processes."

07 January 2019

Who rescues migrants in the Channel?

"The number of migrants crossing the English Channel by boat is small - it pales in comparison to those making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean - but there has been a small spike in crossings in recent months."

07 January 2019

UK: Spycops in context: Beneath the undercover policing scandal

"Undercover policing, however, is just one weapon in an entire armoury of political policing. The undercover policing scandal, which the Spycops in context papers are a response to, cannot be adequately understood without a wider historical view of the British state’s counter-subversion apparatus."

07 January 2019

UK: Police spy misleads inquiry about sexual relations with women

"A police spy appears to have misled a public inquiry about sexual relationships he had with two women while he was undercover."

07 January 2019

New Schengen Information System rules in force: deportation decisions to be included, new types of police check permitted

At the end of December three new Regulations governing the Schengen Information System II (SIS II), the EU's largest database and information system for law enforcement and migration purposes, came into force.

07 January 2019

Open access e-book: Asylum Determination in Europe

"Drawing on new research material from ten European countries, Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives brings together a range of detailed accounts of the legal and bureaucratic processes by which asylum claims are decided."

07 January 2019

UN report sheds light on ‘unimaginable horrors’ faced by migrants and refugees in Libya, and beyond

"From unlawful killings, arbitrary detention and torture, to gang rape, slavery, and human trafficking, the report covers a 20-month period up to August 2018, and details a terrible litany of violations and abuses committed by a range of State officials, armed groups, smugglers and traffickers against migrants and refugees."

07 January 2019

Undermining Democracy, Not Defending It: The ‘Integrity Initiative’ is Everything That’s Wrong With British Foreign Policy

"This weekend a truly extraordinary story was unearthed regarding the machinations of the ‘Integrity Initiative’ (II), a British think tank funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the tune of £2.2m."

07 January 2019

UK: Police force admits passing footage of disabled protesters to DWP

"A police force has admitted passing video footage and other information about disabled anti-fracking protesters to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)..."

07 January 2019

Deportation laws in Germany — what you need to know

"Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said he would send proposals to the government aimed at changing German deportation laws in an effort to make it easier to send criminal foreigners back to their home countries."

07 January 2019

GERMANY: Anti-Semitic violence in German capital soared over 2018

"Anti-Semitic violence in the German capital reached new highs over 2018, with newly published statistics showing that at least five anti-Semitic incidents were reported weekly in Berlin alone. In total, 295 incidents were reported to the authorities in 2018 by mid-December – 24 of them were violent."

07 January 2019

Northern Ireland's hidden borders

"This [racial profiling at the borders between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and mainland UK] is likely to become worse after Brexit, for a larger number of people, whatever solution is reached about the border."

02 January 2019

Europol to coordinate hacking authorities in Member States

"European police should access computers and telephones with Trojan programs. Europol is now building up a "decryption platform“ in The Hague."

02 January 2019

AYS SPECIAL: Detention and Deportation - The UK’s Hostile Environment

"Earlier this year a group of activists known as the Stanstead 15 were charged under terror related law for peacefully stopping a deportation flight in March 2017."

02 January 2019

Unravelling the concept of unconscious bias

A critique of RAT (Racial Awareness Training).

02 January 2019

Europe’s largest police database expanded again

"The Schengen Information System contains 79 million entries on persons and objects. These can now also be used by the EU agencies. A new regulation allows simple police officers to question people without a lawyer."

02 January 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (18.12.18-2.1.19)

Including: • UNHCR (31.12.18): 112,852 refugees arrived in the EU by sea and 6,782 by land • When governments turn against volunteers - the case of AYS • 'Its an Act of Murder': How Europe Out sources Suffering as Migrants Drown


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