Observatories

Our observatories document the development of specific and thematic issues, bringing together draft policies and adopted legislation, analysis from civil society, media reports, critiques and campaigns. We also maintain the Statewatch European Monitoring and Documentation Centre (SEMDOC), which has systematically monitored and documented the development of EU Justice and Home Affairs policy since 1991.

Policing the pandemic: COVID-19 and civil liberties

This observatory, launched in partnership with the European Group on Deviance and Social Control, provides an online archive detailing the measures that governments in Europe and elsewhere have taken since March 2020 to control the coronavirus pandemic.

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EU: Interoperability of Justice and Home Affairs databases: a "point of no return"

This Observatory covers the so-called "interoperability" of EU JHA databases which in reality will create a centralised EU state database covering all existing and future JHA databases.

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The refugee crisis: a humanitarian emergency

This Observatory covers the arrival of refugees and migrants and the reactions and failures within the EU (both governmental and within communities), since early 2015.

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The European security-industrial complex

The European security-industrial complex is a term used to describe the confluence of interests within the European Union between the 'homeland security' industry and politicians and state officials dealing with security policies.

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Rendition: the use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners

Includes a wide selection of reports and articles and most of the documents submitted to the European Parliament inquiry.

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Frontex

Tracking the activities and development of the EU's border control agency.

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The Snowden Revelations

Following the leaks from former US National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden, this observatory documents new developments, historical context, political fallout and official inquiries.

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EU: Observatory on data protection and law enforcement agencies

- the protection of personal data in police and judicial matters (2005-2008) and new proposals 2011 ongoing
- full-text documentation on all the secret discussions in the Council - Last updated 9 February 2017

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Archives

Observatories that are no longer updated.

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