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06 May 2020

Refugees and European human rights law: Expelled from Humanity

"The decision of the European Court of Human Rights in M.N. and Others v. Belgium will undoubtedly further propel the debate on the scope of extraterritorial state jurisdiction. More importantly, however, it reveals the necessity of addressing the systemic exclusion of refugees from the international legal order."

06 May 2020

UK: Covid-19 and immigration detention: Home Office tries to lean on judges deciding immigration bail cases

"The Home Office tried to put pressure on judges to stop releasing migrants from immigration detention, it has emerged".

05 May 2020

COVID-19 and States of Emergency: Dissecting Covid-19 Derogations

"Does the pandemic require derogation from human rights treaties? This question has sparked significant debate, notably spurred by Alan Greene’s provocative argument that failing to derogate would denature ordinary human rights law and leave the start and end points of the crisis unclear. Others disagree: Scheinin argues the principle of normalcy, contained in General Comment 29, should continue to apply."

05 May 2020

Fatnassia camp is a time-bomb that threatens whole of North Africa

"The ongoing armed conflict in Libya is going to push thousands of people, now asylum-seekers in Libyan camps, to escape towards the Southern border regions of Tunisia, Medenine and Tataouine, writes Mourad Teyeb."

05 May 2020

In lockdown: Migrants in France up against pandemic, police abuse

"For many migrants still camped out in Calais and Dunkirk, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated an already dire situation. Supermarkets are reportedly turning them away and the police are removing their tents."

05 May 2020

Council of the EU: Informal videoconference of Ministers of Home Affairs on 28 April 2020: COVID-19

Content of the meeting: 1. External and internal border controls 2. Asylum, return and resettlement 3. Prevention of COVID-19 spread 4. Internal security 5. Conclusion

04 May 2020

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the United Kingdom

"This targeted follow-up visit to England focussed on the persistently high levels of violence in the local male adult prisons and juvenile detention centres, as well as on broader concerns regarding regimes, the use of force, segregation and use of means of restraint... the CPT found that in 2019 the prison system remained in deep crisis; local male prisons visited remained violent, unsafe and overcrowded, with many inmates enduring restricted and isolating regimes and/or long periods of segregation... A similar state of crisis was also found in the two young offender institutions visited, notably at Feltham A."

04 May 2020

EU: European Regulators Group for Audivisual Media Services: Assessment of the implementation of the Code of Practice on Disinformation

"...the Code has significant weaknesses that need to be addressed if it is to achieve its objectives".

04 May 2020

Google and Apple ban location tracking in their contact tracing apps

"Apple and Google have announced that their coronavirus tracing technology will ban the use of location tracking. The announcement could create potential complications for some apps that planned to use the two companies’ system for notifying people of potential exposure to Covid-19."

04 May 2020

EU: The impact of COVID-19 on judicial cooperation in criminal matters - Executive summary by Eurojust of collected information

"The measures taken at the national level to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are having a significant impact on judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the European Union."

04 May 2020

EU: COVID-19 & Digital Rights: Document Pool by EDRi

"The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic poses a global public health challenge of unprecedented proportions. In order to tackle it, countries around the world need to engage in coordinated, evidence-based responses grounded in solidarity, support and respect for human rights. This means that measures cannot lead to disproportionate and unnecessary actions. It is also vital that measures are not extended once we are no longer in a state of emergency."

04 May 2020

Greece transfers nearly 400 migrants from Lesbos island to mainland

"Nearly 37,000 people are currently hosted in camps on the Greek islands, while Lesbos alone accommodates almost 19,000 people in a space designed for about 3,000."

04 May 2020

France: Cameras to monitor masks and social distancing

"Video surveillance cameras in France will monitor how many people are wearing masks and their compliance with social distancing when the coronavirus lockdown is eased next week.

04 May 2020

Behind medical masks, democracy is being suffocated

"In the midst of its EU Council presidency, Croatia turned to the UAE and China for medical help, forgetting its current leadership role as the presiding country that should spur member states into coordinated action, writes Oriana Ivkovic Novokmet."

04 May 2020

Italy: Ports closed to rescue ships: appeal to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

Translation of a letter originally published by Médécins sans Frontieres, Mediterranea Saving Humans, Open Arms and Sea Watch, organisations that have vessels operating in search and rescue activities in the central Mediterranean on 11 April 2020.

03 May 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Security Minister Plans to Deport Thousands of People Amid Corona Crisis

"On April 23, the security minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) proposed to forcibly deport migrants out of the country in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak. The initiative follows a decision on April 16 by the Council of Ministers of BiH on the Restriction of Movement and Stay of Foreigners challenged by the Legal Aid Network Vaaa prava BiH."

03 May 2020

Europol: Beyond the pandemic - What will the criminal landscape look like after COVID-19?

"Based on criminal information from investigations in the Member States, Europol is assessing the impact of the pandemic across three phases; current, mid- and long-term phase. The report anticipates developments across the threat landscape that will have an operational impact on law enforcement authorities across Europe. Europol also identifies five key factors that influence organised crime during and after the pandemic.

03 May 2020

EU: GDPR at risk of failing due to underfunding of regulators, study finds

"Digital privacy regulations introduced in Europe nearly two years ago are in danger of failing because regulators have not been properly resourced, a new report claims

 

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