Steve Peers analyses the post-Brexit negotiating positions of the UK and EU in relation to justice and home affairs issues.
"OUTSIDE SARAQEB, Syria/ANKARA (Reuters) - Refugees in Turkey headed towards European frontiers on Friday after an official said the borders had been thrown open, a response to the escalating war in Syria where 33 Turkish soldiers were killed by Russian-backed Syrian government troops."
"In an unexpected move, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis decided on Thursday (27 February) to upgrade border controls to the “maximum deterrent” level to prevent migrants affected with coronavirus from entering EU territory."
Instead of providing sea rescue capabilities in the Mediterranean, the EU is expanding air surveillance. Refugees are observed with drones developed for the military. In addition to numerous EU states, countries such as Libya could also use the information obtained.
ECRI Chair to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers: alarm bells are ringing over racism and intolerance
A review of the relationship between drugs and serious violence finds that a failure to treat drug addiction and an over-zealous policing response are two key factors.
The Cairo Institute of Human Rights calls on the EU to reconsider its relationship with the Egyptian government.
"The UK is to abandon a crucial tool used to speed up the transfer of criminals across borders with other European countries."
The EU should help introduce the biometric registration of migrants and refugees travelling on the 'Balkan Route', according to the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU, as part of a series of measures to tackle the "threats arising from an increase in migratory flows and smugglers' networks".
The European Roma Rights Centre warns that the Hungarian government is making anti-Roma statements.
"In a reversal of its previous position, the Scottish Government now says it will seek the UK government’s support in obtaining the full US Senate torture report, in order to establish what role Scottish airports played in CIA rendition flights."
Commissioner Ylva Johansson on sea rescues, relocations and a secret Libyan deal
An Irish court has referred a series of questions to the European Court of Justice in a case in which a man convicted of murder is challenging the use of retained telecommunications data as evidence against him.
A Slovakian political scientist warns that the country's far-right may make a breakthrough at the forthcoming election.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says Greece and the EU must act.
Elena Crespi and Joshua Ratliff argue that a new set of reforms to Poland's judiciary is a further consolidation of power by the PiS party.
No-one intercepted at sea should be returned to Libya, says the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner.
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