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12 February 2020

European complicity in CIA torture in 'black sites'

An examination of ongoing pre-trial hearings for prisoners detained in Guantánamo Bay, who argue that any evidence obtained via torture should be excluded from legal proceedings.

03 February 2020

EU: New Council "strategic guidelines" frame the next five years of EU justice and home affairs policy

The Council of the EU is moving towards the adoption of its next five-year set of strategic guidelines for justice and home affairs policies.

03 February 2020

ECHR: Requirement to collect data to identify users of pre-paid SIM cards did not violate the right to privacy

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that German laws requiring the collection of identity data from users of pre-paid SIM cards do not breach the right to privacy.

03 February 2020

Viewpoint: The shadowy business of fear-mongers

The EU intends to increase its budget for border control by 207%, strengthening the security and arms industry and ignoring the protection of human rights.

03 February 2020

German authorities improve face recognition

The German police are seeking to upgrade their facial recognition software.

03 February 2020

Greece: Nationality-based Detention in the Moria Refugee Camp

A new report criticises the Greek policy of automatically detaining asylum-seekers of certain nationalities.

03 February 2020

European Commission 2020 Work Programme: An ambitious roadmap for a Union that strives for more

The European Commission's work programme for the coming year includes a number of new measures in the field of justice and home affairs.

03 February 2020

NGO rescue boats do not receive Frontex alerts

"The NGO rescue boat Sea-Watch says it does not receive any alerts of maritime distress from the EU's border agency Frontex, whenever the agency spots people in trouble in the Mediterranean."

03 February 2020

EU aid increasingly taken hostage by migration politics

A new report from Oxfam examining the diversion of development aid to migration control projects.

03 February 2020

Brexit and its consequences for cooperation in criminal matters

An overview of the relationship between the UK and the EU in criminal matters prior to Brexit; the situation during the transition period; and what may come afterwards.

03 February 2020

Spain Continued to Fail in Human Rights Protection in 2019

A new report from Rights International Spain demonstrates the shortcomings in the Spanish government's implementation of its human rights commitments.

03 February 2020

Niger: The European chase for Saharan smugglers

European money has poured into Niger in an attempt to reinforce state security authorities responsible for dealing with migrant smuggling. Some of the funds have gone towards high-tech surveillance equipment.

03 February 2020

New yearly report on torture of asylum seekers by Croatian authorities at EU external border

A new report compiled by Border Violence Monitoring Network.

03 February 2020

Climate refugees: The fabrication of a migration threat

Hein de Haas critically examines the argument that climate change will automatically lead to mass migration.

31 January 2020

Solidarity Statement: Freedom for Hamza Haddi and Mohamed Haddar

The European Union must stop the arbitrary incarceration of refugees and migrants

29 January 2020

UK: Migration committee rejects full points-based system for UK

The government's proposal for "an Australian points-based system" for immigration has received a lukewarm reception from the Migration Advisory Committee.

29 January 2020

UK: Court of Appeal upholds the right to roam of Romany and Travellers

A significant judgment from the UK Court of Appeal upholds the rights of Romany and Traveller communities to maintain their way of life.

29 January 2020

800 migrants detained in Spain in poor conditions, says NGO

"More than 800 Tunisian migrants have been detained in the Spanish enclave of Melilla for more than 5 months, Tunesian NGO Ftdes claims."


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