25 November 2019

Questions surround Greece's stricter course on refugees

"Athens has announced tougher action against migrants and refugees. New deportation camps are to be set up, while asylum applications are to be processed more quickly. But some doubt the efficacy of the planned measures."

25 November 2019

Italy; At least 20 migrants feared dead after boat capsizes near Lampedusa

"Five reported dead and 149 rescued from vessel attempting to carry group from Libya to Europe."

25 November 2019

'Roadmap' for implementing new Frontex Regulation: full steam ahead

A 'roadmap' sets out the actions needed for "rapid and full operationalisation of the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) 2.0 Regulation," described as a "top priority for the EU."

25 November 2019

Eurafrica: History of European Integration, “Compromise” of Decolonization

"After the war, European states actually scrambled to preserve their empires and use them to claim geopolitical leverage vis-à-vis the dominant superpowers to the east and the west, the Soviet Union and the US."

25 November 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (19-25.11.19)

Including: EU aid and development funding has provided €215 million for border security in Morocco since 2001 - New Detention Centres Planned on Greek Islands Despite Ruling Against Island Conditions - EU countries warned of 'lost generation' of young refugees - Deportations: Council Presidency proposes systematic monitoring of readmission cooperation and sanctions for non-compliance

25 November 2019

Western intelligence services tracked Russian spy in Catalonia

"General Denis Sergeev, the Russian spy who traveled to Barcelona in 2017 on the eve of the October 1 illegal referendum in Catalonia, carried out subversive operations in a dozen or so countries in Europe and Asia."

25 November 2019

Deportation of Legal Centre Lesvos client halted by intervention of the European Court of Human Rights

"On 21 November 2019, in the case of Z.B. vs. Greece, ECHR?LE2.2bR, the European Court of Human Rights granted an interim application preventing the Greek authorities from deporting an Afghan man, ‘Z.B’, to Turkey from Lesvos. Z.B, who is represented by Legal Centre Lesvos, was due to be deported the next morning had it not been for the intervention of the Court."

25 November 2019

Italian coast guard: migrant bodies washed ashore or in sea

"The bodies of five migrant women, two of them washed ashore, were recovered Sunday, the Italian coast guard said, as search efforts continued in rough seas near the tiny island of Lampedusa for around another dozen people feared missing in the capsizing of a fishing boat."

25 November 2019

Hamburg: Social Democrats and Greens plan new police law

"The “modern” police law planned by the red-green Senate will extend the powers of the police even further. The new law will permit police to use electronic ankle bracelets to monitor so-called “threats” around the clock."

25 November 2019

Doctors tell UK authorities Julian Assange 'could die' in jail

"More than 60 doctors have written an open letter saying they feared Julian Assange's health was so bad that the WikiLeaks founder could die inside a top-security British prison."

25 November 2019

USA: Ban Face Surveillance

"Over the past decade, a powerful identification technology has emerged that will create the engineroom for a new era of mass surveillance across the world. This technique has the capacity to scan and identify the faces of thousands or even millions of people in real time. It must be stopped."

25 November 2019

ePrivacy: EU Member States push crucial reform on privacy norms close to a dead end

"The ePrivacy Regulation aims to strengthen users’ right to privacy and create protective measures against online tracking. Instead, EU states turned it into a surveillance toolkit,” said Estelle Massé, Senior Policy Analyst at EDRi member’s Access Now."

25 November 2019

New agreements: European Union wants to expand use of passenger data

"The EU Parliament is to deal with a new agreement on the exchange of passenger data with Canada."

25 November 2019

#PrivacyWins: EU Border Guards Cancel Plans to Spy on Social Media (for now)

"As any data protection lawyer and privacy activist will attest, there’s nothing like a well-designed and enforced data protection law to keep the totalitarian tendencies of modern Big Brother in check."

25 November 2019

CoE: Commissioner publishes observations on alleged human rights violations of migrants returned from Italy to Libya

"Today, the Commissioner published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of S.S. and others v. Italy. This case concerns the interception and rescue operation of a boat in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, carrying around 150 persons who had left Libya, and the alleged human rights violations resulting from this operation."

25 November 2019

MEPs shut out of Hungary Council hearing as rule of law situation worsens

"MEPs are reeling after being shut out of a Council hearing under the Article 7 procedure against Hungary for systemic breaches to the rule of law, as the situation in the country further deteriorates."

24 November 2019

EU aid and development funding has provided €215 million for border security in Morocco since 2001

Since 2001, almost €215 million has been provided to Morocco by the EU to finance border security projects. Human rights abuses against migrants and refugees committed by Moroccan authorities call into question whether financial support from the EU to Moroccan border security should continue.

22 November 2019

Greece: Hundreds of refugees, migrants rescued from the sea in past 24 hours

"Greece’s Coast Guard said Friday it rescued 400 refugees and migrants in the last 24 hours in 10 different incidents in the sea area near the city Alexandroupolis and the islands of Lesvos and Chios."

21 November 2019

Why UK’s refusal to name new commissioner is headache for EU

"The European Union is due to relaunch its powerful executive arm under the new leadership of the German conservative Ursula von der Leyen from 1 December but faces legal risks after Britain refused to name its representative for the European Commission."



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