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19 June 2020

EU: Frontex splashes out: millions of euros for new technology and equipment

The approval of the new Frontex Regulation in November 2019 implied an increase of competences, budget and capabilities for the EU's border agency, which is now equipping itself with increased means to monitor events and developments at the borders and beyond, as well as renewing its IT systems to improve the management of the reams of data to which it will have access.

19 June 2020

CJEU to look at revocation of a guarantee of the grant of Austrian nationality

"C-118/20 JY concerns the procedure for acquisition of Austrian nationality, and more specifically at which moment during the procedure the previous nationalities have to be lost, and whether this is in conformity with the rules on EU citizenship."

18 June 2020

Digital technologies and borders: Joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism

With Privacy International, Fundaciòn Datos Protegidos and Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales (R3D), we produced a joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in response to their call for input on how digital technologies deployed in the context of border enforcement and administration reproduce, reinforce, and compound racial discrimination.

15 June 2020

EU 'covered up' Croatia's failure to protect migrants from border brutality

The Guardian has revealed that European Commission officials were fearful of disclosing everything they knew about a mechanism they had funded in Croatia for monitoring violations of fundamental rights at the borders.

15 June 2020

Belgian Jewish community feeling vulnerable over scaling back counter-terror patrols

The Belgian government plans to reduce the number of soldiers deployed on the streets. They were originally deployed in 2015. The proposals have caused alarm amongst the Jewish community in Brussels.

15 June 2020

EU: Parliamentary oversight in the health crisis

A briefing paper from the Robert Schuman Foundation looks at how emergency measures implemented during the novel coronavirus pandemic have granted power to government executives at the expense of parliamentary oversight.

15 June 2020

A fourth pillar for the United Nations? The rise of counter-terrorism

A new report by Saferworld looks at the rise of the counter-terrroism policy within the UN institutions.

15 June 2020

Europol uses Palantir

Answers to Parliamentary questions shed some light on Europol's use of software made by controversial US company Palantir.

15 June 2020

France: Criminal conviction of BDS activists had no sufficient grounds and violated freedom of expression

The European Court of Human Rights has overturned the criminal conviction by French courts of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners. The pro-Palestinian activists were convicted "for incitement to economic discrimination, on account of their participation in actions aimed at boycotting products imported from Israel."

 

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