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26 May 2020

UN joint guidance on ensuring migrants' rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

A note from the UN Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW) and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.

26 May 2020

The dismal UK Home Office response to coronavirus: the wider picture

"We've learned that closeness does not mean contact, so I hope that this can count as a Letter from Afar even if afar seems a strangely 19th-century way of talking about the distance between Newport and Bristol. I wanted to share with you some of my reflections on the UK Home Offices response to coronavirus and what it means for migrants and asylum seekers.

26 May 2020

Racial discrimination in education and EU equality law

A report by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination.

25 May 2020

First victory against French police drones

French rights group La Quadrature du Net have won a court case against the Parisian police's use of drones to try to enforce the coronavirus lockdown.

22 May 2020

UK: BAME people fined more than white population under coronavirus laws

An investigation has found that racial disparities in the application of laws to enforce the coronavirus lockdown.

20 May 2020

Greece: Tents at Sea: How Greek Officials Use Rescue Equipment for Illegal Deportations

An exposé of the Greek authorities' use of rescue tents to leave refugees floating at sea after interception.

20 May 2020

Hungary: No more transit zones, now asylum seekers will have to apply abroad

The Hungarian authorities have responded to a CJEU ruling declaring that the detention of asylum-seekers in 'transit zones' was illegal by announcing a plan to enforce all asylum-seekers to present their requests from protection at Hungarian consulates.

20 May 2020

New analysis: reinforcement of Frontex runs into legal problems

An internal Frontex report published today by Statewatch highlights a series of issues in implementing the agency’s new legislation, including uncertain legal terminology and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

20 May 2020

New Right, old racism – the battlefield of Covid-19

"As Public Health England conducts its controversial rapid review into Covid-19 disparities, lurking in the background is a new school of ‘race realists’ whose retrogressive biological arguments must be tackled head-on.(...)"

 

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