October


04 October 2019

FIVE EYES: US, allies seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging apps

"US, UK and Australian officials want Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users. Law enforcement has long sought access despite pushback from tech giants and privacy advocates.

04 October 2019

EU states given right to police Facebook worldwide

"National courts in EU states can order Facebook to delete content "worldwide", Europe's top tribunal has ruled, in what the US social media giant called an attack on free speech."

04 October 2019

Data access blow for EU nationals with UK immigration cases

"EU nationals will be unable to access their personal records held by the UK government in immigration cases, following a high court ruling on Thursday (3 October) that said “immigration exemption” introduced last year was not unlawful.

04 October 2019

UK: Is the prime minister’s defence of free speech ‘humbug’?

"If we are not vigilant, the government’s attempts to deny the links between speech that inflames and actual acts of physical violence could be extended to deny or excuse incitement to racial hatred."

04 October 2019

New Frontex Regulation: Fortress Europe to be upgraded

"The European Union is setting up a "Standing Corps“ of 10,000 border guards, most of whom will be provided by the German Federal Police. The new President of the Commission wants the unit to be complete by 2024. Frontex will also be given more powers and change its organisational structure."

04 October 2019

Greece to unblock camps after migrant deaths

"Following a Cabinet meeting, the government said it would try to decongest camps on the Aegean islands, by transferring people to the mainland and setting up closed pre-departure centers for those who are to be deported or sent back to their country of origin."

04 October 2019

Lesvos Legal Centre: Press release: Fatal fire inside Moria refugee camp

"In what comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the hotspots on the Greek islands, yesterday a fire broke out inside Moria Refugee Camp, which currently houses approximately 13,000 people in unlivable, cramped ‘housing’. The fire apparently started after an electric short-circuit in one container and killed at least one woman and resulted in the severe injury of many others."

04 October 2019

Does Frontex arrange illegal push backs?

"The EU Border Agency’s air surveillance could have triggered unlawful deportations at external borders. Such operations took place off Libya and Bosnia-Herzegovina."

04 October 2019

Interpol requests from Turkey: Sloppiness of German police puts own citizens into prison

"Two Germans are in extradition custody in Slovenia and Italy at the request of Turkish authorities. Both come from Turkey and were granted asylum in Germany for political persecution and later citizenship. Interpol should have withdrawn the request. The BKA, however, concealed the asylum status of the two."

04 October 2019

Greece: ECHR rules that remedies available to detained migrants were not accessible or sufficient

"The case concerned the conditions of detention of Syrian, Afghan and Palestinian nationals in the “hotspots” of Vial and Souda (Greece), and the lawfulness of their detention in those camps."

03 October 2019

France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program

"France is poised to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to give citizens a secure digital identity -- whether they want it or not."

03 October 2019

Greece desperately seeking to halt refugees and migrants flows

"Greece is desperately seeking to halt the refugees and migrants flows and intensifies its contacts with Turkey and the European Union. Migration Policy Minister, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, is meeting with the Turkish Interior Minister and high ranking officials of the Foreign Ministry in Ankara on Thursday."

03 October 2019

AYS Daily Digest 3/10/19: Stranded in misery, from the Aegean sea to the Strait of Dover

"Stranded in misery, from the Aegean sea to the Strait of Dover - 300 people arrive in a single day to the overcrowded island camps in Greece, the situation on verge of cracking - Turkey-EU grey area spreading to the fourth year / about 400 people stranded in the woods of Grande Synthe"

03 October 2019

GREECE-TURKEY: Koumoutsakos visiting Ankara amid spike in migrant arrivals

"Migration minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos is visiting Ankara on Thursday to discuss the recent spike in migrant arrivals on the Greek islands with Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu."

03 October 2019

Bulgaria: Human Rights Group Under Threat - Halt Attacks on Bulgarian Helsinki Committee; Dismiss Bogus Request

"Bulgaria’s prosecutor general should reject a call from a political party in the country’s governing coalition to disband the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC), Human Rights Watch said today. The party has been in legal battles for years with the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee over its stance on anti-discrimination issues."

03 October 2019

UK-BREXIT: Parliament to be prorogued next Tuesday

"The government has confirmed it plans to prorogue Parliament next Tuesday and hold a Queen's Speech on 14 October."

03 October 2019

Can Schinas put EU values back into migration brief?

"The migration issue continues to dominate the EU corridors of power and its agenda."

 

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