31 December 2010
Cover story: Time to rethink terrorist blacklisting: doubts over legality, effectiveness and disproportionate impact on the rights of affected parties
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Time to rethink terrorist blacklisting by Ben Hayes
The terrorist proscription regimes enacted by the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) after the attacks of 9/11 have been seriously undermined by growing doubts about their legality, effectiveness and disproportionate impact on the rights of affected parties.
EU: Deepening the democratic deficit: the failure to “enshrine” the public’s right of access to EU documents by Tony Bunyan
In April 2008 the Commission opened up the process to amend the 2001 Regulation on access to EU documents but all that has been agreed is a new set of “comitology” rules that will restrict access.
The growing use of "preventative" arrests by Kees Hudig
Examines police tactics to counter and thwart protests using mass and preventative arrests, new laws and “kettling” to deny the right to demonstrate.
Civil liberties in the UK: Future of data retention and counter-terrorism powers uncertain as splits within the coalition become apparent by Max Rowlands
In May 2010, Statewatch published an analysis of the coalition government’s commitment to civil liberties. Six months on, this article analyses what progress has been made in the fields of surveillance, data retention and counter-terrorism powers.
EU: “The law will bring peace” - a view on the European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) by Tim Schumacher
The emergence para-military police units for use abroad (and potentially at home) is exemplified by the EGF which is being organised by six EU member states outside of the Justice and Home Affairs structures.
GERMANY: The German Security Research Programme: transferring military technology - securitising civil research by Eric Töpfer
The German government is spending more than 123 million euros on security research, probably the largest national initiative complementing the European Commission’s European Security Research Programme.
EU: Controls, detention and expulsions at Europe borders by Yasha Maccanico
In October 2010, Migreurop published its second annual report . It focuses on practices in Europe’s border regions, and beyond, that stem from the EU and its member states’ migration policies and their “externalisation.”
* In addition, the bulletin carries a round-up of new books, reports and publications
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