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Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council: 6-7 July 2007, in
Tallinn, Estonia: Press
release (pdf): Includes: two sessions on:migration -
failure of relocations in EU and increasing returns plus "Interoperability"
of all EU databases and data retention.
EU: EUROJUST: Foreign
Terrorist Fighters: Eurojusts Views on the Phenomenon and
the Criminal Justice Response: Fourth Eurojust Report:
Summary of Main Findings (pdf):
"This paper presents
a summary of the main findings of the fourth Eurojust report,
Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Eurojusts Views on the Phenomenon
and the Criminal Justice Response (the report) of
November 2016. The objective of the report is to present Eurojusts
findings on the evolution of the EU criminal justice response
European Council: Press release: European
Council conclusions on security and defence, 22/06/2017
(pdf): See: EU
flexes military muscles with new defense plan (Reuters,
link): "European Union leaders launched their the most
ambitious defense plan for decades on Thursday, agreeing a multi-billion-euro
weapons fund, shared financing for battlegroups and allowing
a coalition of the willing to conduct more missions abroad."
'Historic' defence plan gets launch date at EU summit
police tortured Genoa G8 protesters, ECHR rules for the second
The European Court of Human Rights
has ruled that 42 demonstrators were tortured by Italian police
officers during protests againts the Genoa G8 summit in 2001,
following a seperate ruling in 2015 that reached the same conclusion.
calls on French president to end the detention of migrant children
La Cimade, with Réseau
Education sans frontières (RESF), Ligue des droits
de lHomme (LDH), Anafé, MRAP,
Syndicat des avocats de France (SAF), France terre
dasile and ASSFAM has launched a petition calling
on the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, to put an end to
child migrants' detention.
retention, video surveillance and state trojans: "surveillance
state" measures under fire from politicians and NGOs
A swathe of new surveillance
and security measures recently introduced by the German government
are facing increasing criticism from politicians and civil society
organisations, with legal challenges to new laws on data retention
and video surveillance in the works
management going virtual (EUobserver, link):
"Internal security and
migration are merging under the guise of border management as
the EU seeks to tighten controls on who leaves and enters the
Krum Garkov, who heads the
Tallinn-based EU agency that oversees large-scale IT systems,
described the merger as a fundamental shift that will also make
border controls virtual."
should stop cooperating with Libyan coastguard, to avoid abuse
of refugees: Amnesty International (New Europe, link)::
"Ahead of the European
Council on 22-23 June, Amnesty International is calling on EU
leaders to step up efforts to save lives in the Mediterranean,
and stop cooperating in returns to Libya, before more drown as
crossings increase during the summer months.
The EU is allowing the
Libyan coastguard to return refugees and migrants to a country
where unlawful detention, torture and rape are the norm. They
are increasing the capacity of the Libyan coastguard while turning
a blind eye to the inherent, grave, risks of such cooperation,
said Iverna McGowan, Director of the Amnesty International, European
Council wants industry to develop automated censorship tools
and "address the challenge" of encryption
- Draft conclusions for 22-23
June meeting also back multi-billion euro military research programme
- Migration: "Training and equipping the Libyan Coast Guard
is a key component of the EU approach and should be speeded up"
probation service is failing prisoners
"Prisons and probation
services are failing to meet the needs of newly released long-term
prisoners, one in seven of whom end their sentence with no idea
where they will spend their first night on the outside, according
to a report which campaigners called "devastating"."
crisis: latest news from across Europe (19-20.6.17) including: three shipwrecks on
eve of World Refugee Day; pro-refugee protests in Madrid
temporary internal border controls to be replaced with intensified
police checks "across the entire territory"
The Council of the EU has begun
to discuss ways to implement the European Commission's May 2017
recommendation for Member States to "intensify police checks
across the entire territory, including in border areas,"
in the hope that the authorities "give precedence to police
checks before deciding on the temporary reintroduction of border
arrests and trials increase as number of far-right extremists
reported to Prevent programme grows by 30%
The number of arrests for terrorism-related
offences in the UK jumped to 304 in the year ending March 2017,
an increase of 18% on the previous year, while the number of
completed trials for terrorism-related offences completed in
the same period increased by 55%, from 51 to 79.
The change "was driven by
an increase in arrests of people from 'white' ethnic groups,"
according to the Home Office, while a report in The Independent
has revealed that "the number of suspected far-right extremists
flagged to the Governments key anti-terror programme soared
by 30 per cent in the past year."
report on relocation: Does it know how many refugees there in
asks "the Greek authorities to clarify the total number
of migrants present on the mainland and the islands."
countries must lift obstacles to reunification of refugee families
(link): "reunification is a fundamental part of the right
to family life, which is protected by international human rights
law. This right is particularly important for refugees in Europe.
Because of the dangers they face at home, their only option to
enjoy their right to family life is to bring their families to
Europe. Regrettably, many European countries are limiting refugees
access to this right through restrictive measures which are unjust,
unlawful and cause immense hardship for refugees and their families.
This has to change,
says today Nils Muinieks, Council of Europe Commissioner
for Human Rights, while releasing a report which aims at helping
Council of Europe member states adopt a more humane and human
rights oriented policy on family reunification for refugees and
beneficiaries of international protection."
Paper (pdf) and Summary
EU: Schengen Information
System (SIS): Returns,
border checks and discrete checks
expansion of Eurodac database scope raises data protection concerns (ECRE Bulletin, link):
"The Civil Liberties,
Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament
has adopted a report on the European Commission proposal to recast
the Eurodac Regulation. It outlines a wide expansion of the scope
of the Eurodac database that raises strong concerns about data
These measures have raised
serious concerns about asylum seekers right to data protection
from a number of actors and organisations including ECRE,
Data Protection Supervisor and the Meijers
Parliament: Civil Liberties Committee position on recast Eurodac
Regulation and the Council's
position (LIMITE doc no: 10079-17,pdf) going into trilogue
crisis: latest news from across Europe (15-18.6.17)
Terrorism: Situation and Trend Report 2017 (8MB, pdf):
Largely concernng Spain, Italy and Greece: "Left-wing
and anarchist activities included riots, arson attacks and attacks
with explosives, criminal damage and spreading propaganda."
And: "Migration and the
perceived threat from Islamisation are key topics on the agenda
of right-wing extremists.... Germany stated that after the investigation
into the National-Sozialistischer Untergrund (NSU, National Socialist
Underground) in 2011, additional investigations into groups such
as the Old School Society in 2015 and Gruppe Freital (Freital
Group) in April 2016 demonstrated that the formation of right-wing
terrorist structures cannot be excluded."
EU: Passenger Name Record
(PNR): Meijers Committee: Note
on the EU law aspects of PNR in public transport pdf)
"The note concludes that the Meijers Committee
is not convinced that national instruments extending the scope
of application of PNR rules beyond the air transport sector would
be in accordance with all requirements of EU law. This being
said, the note also specifies the main issues that should, in
any event, be resolved in the decision making process."
the PNR pieces in place: more EU funding for mass surveillance
(March 2016) and: EU-USA: PNR
Directive: USA offers a helping hand to EU air travel surveillance
and profiling efforts
Reveals How the CIA Could Hack Your Router (Wired, link):
"Your Wi-Fi router, sitting in the corner of your home
accumulating dust and unpatched security flaws, provides an attractive
target for hackers. Including, according to a new WikiLeaks release,
the CIA. On Thursday, WikiLeaks published a detailed a set of
descriptions and documentation for the CIA's router-hacking toolkit.
It's the latest drip in the months-long trickle of secret CIA
files it's called Vault7,..." See: Vault
7: Projects (Wikileaks, link)
EU: Court of Justice in the
European Union (CJEU): Making
available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected
works, such as The Pirate Bay, may constitute an
infringement of copyright (Press release, pdf):
"Even if the works in
question are placed online by the users of the online sharing
platform, the operators of that platform play an essential role
in making those works available.
Ziggo and XS4ALL are internet
access providers. A significant number of their subscribers use
the online sharing platform The Pirate Bay. This
platform allows users to share and upload, in segments (torrents),
works present on their computers1. The files in question are,
for the most part, copyright-protected works in respect of which
the rightholders have not given the operators or users of that
platform consent to share those works.
Stichting Brein, a Netherlands
foundation which safeguards the interests of copyright holders,
has brought proceedings before the courts in the Netherlands
seeking an order that would require Ziggo and XS4ALL to block
the domain names and IP addresses of The Pirate Bay.
Hotspots: Deaths Not to Be Forgotten (Pro Asyl, link): "In an extensive policy
paper, the team of Refugee Support Aegean (RSA) in Greece has
observed that in numerous cases of refugee deaths at the hotspots
on Greek islands, the Greek authorities have undertaken little
or no investigation, turning the hotspots into an institutional
gray zone." Report: Refugee
Support Aegean (RSA, link)
for researchers: Statewatch Analyses: 1999-ongoing
Borderline: The EU's New Border Surveillance Initiatives:
Assessing the Costs and Fundamental Rights Implications of EUROSUR
and the "Smart Borders" Proposals (pdf) A study by the
Heinrich Böll Foundation. Written by Dr. Ben Hayes and Mathias
Vermeulen: "Unable to tackle the root of the problem,
the member states are upgrading the Unions external borders.
Such a highly parochial approach taken to a massive scale threatens
some of the EUs fundamental values - under the pretence
that ones own interests are at stake. Such an approach
borders on the inhumane."
How the EU works and justice and home
affairs decision-making (pdf)
20th Anniversary Conference, June 2011: Statewatch
'policy laundering' and the FATF - legalising surveillance, regulating
(pdf) by Ben Hayes
to EU decision-making and justice and home affairs after the
(pdf) by Steve Peers, Professor of Law, University of Essex,
with additional material by Tony Bunyan
Neoconopticon: the EU security-industrial
(pdf) by Ben Hayes
The Shape of Things to Come (pdf) by Tony Bunyan
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