2019

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19 November 2019

Workshop on defence and security: How to forge a peace and rights-based EU answer to security threats

"This workshop will present the conclusions of three recent reports of the Centre for Peace Studies J.M. Delàs, addressing in particular EU funding for the defence sector,external borders control, and European arms exports; altogether these reports showcase the current trends of EU defence and security policies."

19 November 2019

Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights

"Facebook and Google’s omnipresent surveillance of billions of people poses a systemic threat to human rights, Amnesty International warned in a new report as it called for a radical transformation of the tech giants’ core business model."

19 November 2019

UK to join police fingerprint database network, but other member states want broader data access

EU member states have recommended that the UK join the 'Prüm' network of police fingerprint databases, but they are also demanding that the country "review its policy of excluding suspects' profiles from automated dactyloscopic [fingerprint] data exchange".

18 November 2019

Why return from Europe is causing problems for The Gambia

"The government is frequently suspected to play an active role in returns and is accused of witholding information about their dealings with the EU and member states like Germany. Incidentally, President Barrow is currently seeking to extend his rule beyond the three-year transition period originally agreed upon, ending in January 2020. Opposition to these plans is widespread."

18 November 2019

Emerging Technologies and International Security in the Mediterranean Region

"The third TRANSAD workshop will focus on the topic Emerging Technologies and International Security in the Mediterranean Region. Co-organised by PRIO, the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, and the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Security Technologies and Societal Values (NordSTEVA), the workshop will take place in Barcelona on 21 and 22 November 2019."

18 November 2019

International Criminal Court may investigate UK 'war crimes cover-up'

"The International Criminal Court could open its first investigation into the British military following a BBC programme about alleged war crimes."

18 November 2019

All but last resort: The last reform of detention of asylum seekers in Greece

"The Commission has directly encouraged Member States to widely resort to detention to effect returns by laying down lengthy detention periods in domestic law and by bringing “detention capacity in line with actual needs”."

18 November 2019

Rules for a New Surveillance Reality

"If you’re worried about how facial recognition technology is being used, you should be. And things are about to get a lot scarier unless new regulation is put in place."

18 November 2019

Balkan Region - Report October 2019

"The Border Violence Monitoring Network just published it's October report, covering pushbacks and police violence from Croatia (and Slovenia), into Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Highlighted by the trend analysis of this."

18 November 2019

Aegean Boat Report 10-17 November 2019

"A total of 164 boats started their trip towards the Greek Islands, carrying a total of 6097 people. However, 91 boats were stopped by TCG/police, and 2444 people arrived on the Greek Islands."

18 November 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (29.10-18.11.19)

New report: What the EU's Regulations on Interoperability Mean for People with Irregular Status // Refugee chaperones are accessories to traffickers, German court rules // New Greek deportation law approved; Italy renews cooperation with Libya // Croatia: violence at the border no barrier to Schengen accession // Exposed: Malta’s secret migrant deal with Libya

18 November 2019

New report: Data Protection, Immigration Enforcement and Fundamental Rights: What the EU's Regulations on Interoperability Mean for People with Irregular Status

A new report published by Statewatch and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) explains the EU's new rules on interoperable information systems and databases and examines the potential implications for people in an irregular migration situation.

18 November 2019

World stumbling zombie-like into a digital welfare dystopia, warns UN human rights expert

"A UN human rights expert has expressed concerns about the emergence of the "digital welfare state", saying that all too often the real motives behind such programs are to slash welfare spending, set up intrusive government surveillance systems and generate profits for private corporate interests."

18 November 2019

The West’s Obsession With Border Security Is Breeding Instability

"An obsession with protecting the border—and with escalating the fight against migration—is actually an ideological choice that sets up a dangerous game."

18 November 2019

Greek protesters mark 1973 student uprising

"Some 20,000 people marched under heavy police guard through the capital, Athens, on Sunday, commemorating 46 years since the student-led uprising against the junta."

18 November 2019

The Atlas of Migration in Europe: A Critical Geography of Migration Policies

The Migreurop network, of which Statewatch is a member, has published a new edition of The Atlas of Migration in Europe, a book which "follows the journeys of those fleeing war, poverty or political crises, risking their lives as they attempt to find sanctuary in Europe."

18 November 2019

Asylum-seekers in Greece, Italy hotspots face ‘years of limbo’

"Asylum-seekers crowded into “hotspots” in Greece and Italy face limbo that can drag on for years because of legal bottlenecks and poorly performing EU schemes, a report said Wednesday."

15 November 2019

Council of Europe: Integrating human rights into drug policies

"According to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, meeting in Berlin, member States should “optimise human rights protections in the implementation of drug control policies”.

15 November 2019

Situation of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A briefing by the European Parliament Research Service.

 

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