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crisis: latest news from across Europe 14-17.11.17) including Commission "progress "
reports in migration
Court rules on suspicious death
Court judgment: Inadequate
investigation into the death of a phone operator employee allegedly
linked to a high profile wiretapping affair (Press release,
pdf) and Judgment:
"The Court considered
that the Greek authorities had failed to carry out an adequate
and effective investigation into the death of Costas Tsalikidis."
EU: European Parliament:
Dublin reforms: Report:
on the proposal for a regulation establishing the criteria and
mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining
an application for international protection lodged in one of
the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless
The European Parliament has adopted
its mandate, negotiating position, prior to entering secret trilogue
meetings with the Council of the European Union. There are fears
that, backed by the European Peoples Party (centre-right) the
Orban-like proposals of the Commission will be reinstated.
human rights chief: Suffering of migrants in Libya outrage to
conscience of humanity
"GENEVA (14 November)
The UN Human Rights chief today expressed dismay at the
sharp increase in the number of migrants held in horrific conditions
at detention facilities in Libya, saying the European Unions
policy of assisting the Libyan Coast Guard to intercept and return
migrants in the Mediterranean was inhuman.
The suffering of migrants
detained in Libya is an outrage to the conscience of humanity,
Zeid Raad Al Hussein said. What was an already dire
situation has now turned catastrophic."
EU: Council of the European
for a Directive laying down standards for the reception of applicants
for international protection (LIMITE doc no: 13347-17,
126 pages, pdf): The Council working on its negotiating position.
There are 225 Footnotes: "Comments made by delegations
on the Commission proposal text, orally and in writing, appear
in the footnotes of the Annex."
Institute for Race Relations (IRR): EU
member states, in criminalising humanitarians, are feeding Europes
(Press release, link):
Institute of Race Relations (IRR) publishes today research showing
that EU member states are using laws, aimed at traffickers and
smugglers, to criminalise those acting out of humanitarian motives.
of EU politicians and its border force, Frontex, may be fuelling
far-right extremism, IRR warns. It has written to the European
Commission (EC) urging it to reassert support for humanitarian
(link) and Trafficking
laws target refugee aid workers in EU (Guardian, link)
crisis: latest news from across Europe (4-13.11.17)
with Edward Snowden 'There Is Still Hope - Even for Me' (Der Spiegel,link):
"In an interview, whistleblower
Edward Snowden discusses his life in Russia, the power of the
intelligence apparatuses and how he will continue his battle
against all-encompassing surveillance by governments."
and lack of readmission agreements highlight reluctance of African
states to comply with EU demands
In a letter
to Claude Moraes (pdf), Chair of the European Parliament's Civil
Liberties Committee (LIBE), the Director-General of of Migration
and Home Affairs sets out the present situation of readmissions.
Despite the Commission's
attempts to set up return and readmission agreements, especially
in Africa: "Most third countries however, do not want
to engage in negotiations on readmission agreements mainly due
to internal political considerations, as such agreements can
be a source of public hostility."
wants to extend law for police data access to the US (euractiv, link):
"The European Commission
hopes to set an international standard with its upcoming proposal
to give police easier access to data from tech companies, and
has already asked the United States to cooperate.
A senior Commission official
said on Thursday (9 November) that the EU executive suggested
creating a new EU-US arrangement that would allow police to access
data from companies that may be located in other jurisdictions.
EU officials made that proposal to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions
in June, during a joint EU-US justice ministerial meeting in
Malta last June, but have not yet received a response from Sessions
At the end of January 2018,
the Commission will propose new rules that will apply within
the EU on the access to so-called e-evidence, which will make
it faster and easier for law enforcement authorities to obtain
data from other member states."
rises in Lesbos over crowded refugee camps (Guardian,
link): "Lesbos mayor accuses Greek government of allowing
island to become a giant prison camp. We are utterly opposed
to policies that are turning Lesbos and other border areas into
concentration camps where all human dignity is denied,
said Spyros Galinos, the islands mayor. The government
has failed to keep to its commitment to effectively deal with
this problem and move people on. (...)
Close to 6,000 people are being held at the islands main
camp in Moria, which was initially established as a temporary
measure to house no more than 2,000."
Comment: Currently there are 8,106 refugees in Lesvos (9.11.17,
of a serious violation of the law in the hotspot in Lampedusa
In spite of the ECtHR sentence in the Khlaifa case, arbitrary
detention, mass expulsions and denial of the right to asylum
EU: Libyan Coast Guard
accused of causing "at least five deaths" in the Mediterranean
"The violent and reckless
behavior of Libyan Coast Guards has caused at least five deaths
on the Central Mediterranean Sea this morning, as the crew of
the Sea-Watch 3 was called to their first rescue mission by the
Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center. A helicopter of
the Italian Navy had to intervene to prevent more fatalities.
Dramatic first rescue operation for Sea-Watch 3 (Sea-Watch,
in a government bill, an immigration rule strips millions of
their data protection (politics.co.uk, link):
"The government's data
protection bill was meant to give people control over their information.
Instead it will strip millions of their rights.
smuggling and trafficking as crimes against humanity: growing
calls for crimes to be heard before International Criminal Court
A recent editorial in Der
Spiegel by two legal academics supports the call recently
made by a UN Special Rapporteur for the International Criminal
Court (ICC) to "consider investigation into atrocity crimes
against refugees and migrants where there are reasonable grounds
that such crimes have taken place and the jurisdictional requirements
of the court have been met." This approach is also being
pursued by the EU's military mission in the Mediterranean, Operation
Sophia, which has sought contacts with the ICC and has produced
a "non-paper" on the topic that was recently obtainedby
crisis: latest news from across Europe (30.10-3.11.17)
including: European Parliament chief wants 'Marshall Plan'
for Africa; migrant smuggling and trafficking as a crime against
humanity; refugee in Greece protest for family reunification
about the incidents between the 1st and 4th of October 2017:
patients attended to during the electoral and latter days as
a consequence of the actions of state police bodies (pdf)
During the electoral day of 1
October 2017, as a consequence of the charges by state police
bodies, 991 people were attended to and assessed by professionals
from SEM (Sistema d'Emergències Mèdiques), CAP
(Centres d'Atenció Primària), PAC (Punts d'Atenció
Continuada), CUAP (Centres d'Urgències d'Atenció
Primària) and hospital centres. Of those, 214 were attended
to by the SEM and 777 in health centres across 38 hospitals,
40 CAP and PAC, and 14 CUAP.
Office: information on Justice and Home Affairs opt-in and Schengen
The UK Home Office has published
three papers explaining the UK's opt-in to EU Justice and Home
Affairs (JHA) measures and its opt-out on Schengen issues. These
opt-ins and opt-outs were one of the ways in which the UK already
had a 'special relationship' with the EU prior to the attempted
renegotiations that took place before the Brexit referendum.
agencies and bodies act "out of area" under civilian
crisis management role
The role of Europol,
European Border Coast Guard Agency and Eurogendfor is spelt out
in the European External Action Service (EEAS): Priorities
for civilian crisis management (LIMITE doc no: 13258-17, pdf): The
Strategic framework includes:
In May 2017,
the Council underlined the need to enhance the contribution of
civilian crisis management to the wider EU response to current
and future security challenges, including irregular migration,
hybrid threats, cyber security, terrorism, radicalisation, organised
crime, border management and maritime security. These
key challenges for the EU are tackled by a mix of EU instruments,
which could include CSDP." [emphasis added]
Our readers may
not be familiar with "Eurogendfor" which also acts
"out of area":
Cooperation with the European Gendarmerie Force (EUROGENDFOR)
under the Common Security and Defence Policy - Explanatory brief (pdf) and see: EU
seeks more prominent international role for European para-military
EU: European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS): Opinion:
Regulation on eu-Lisa (pdf)
UK: HILLSBOROUGH: Home Office: The
patronising disposition of unaccountable power A report
to ensure the pain and suffering of the Hillsborough families
is not repeated The Right Reverend James Jones KBE (pdf):
report I do not pretend to speak for the families. But I have
listened to what they have said to me. I urge you to help ensure
that those responsible for our national institutions listen to
what the experiences of the Hillsborough families say about how
they should conduct themselves when faced by families bereaved
by public tragedy. I want therefore to begin by inviting you
to read these opening examples of what the Hillsborough families
have said, in their own words.
taken to the mortuary. This was cruel. This was my brother, who
I knew inside out; who I had slept with. It was just through
I asked if I could go in and see him. There was
a kerfuffle. They said no, he was the property of the coroner.
I said he is not, he is my mothers property.
Police officers visited my mum shortly after the disaster
They brought my dads belongings in a bin liner and just
tipped them on the floor. They said, What was an old man
doing going to a game like that?
And see: Hillsborough
report urges change of attitude in authority (BBC News, link)
Two findings of torture against Italy: Genoa G8 protest detainees
and prisoners at Asti Correctional Facility
Two seperate judgments handed
down by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have found
that Italian officials committed torture and that the authorities
failed to investigate or punish the acts. One case concerns almost
60 people who were subject to torture, inhuman or degrading treatment
at the hands of police and medical staff following the protests
against the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001; the other concerns two
prisoners who were placed in solitary confinement and beaten
repeatedly by prison officers.
crisis: latest news from across Europe (23-29.10.17)
police use beatings, tear gas and confiscation against
Calais refugees (The
"Report from the Refugee Rights Data Project
finds child refugees harassed and intimidated by police as well
as local citizens.
Police violence towards refugees
in Calais has intensified to excessive and life-threatening
levels, according to a new report, and the overall situation
for unaccompanied minors has deteriorated markedly, a year after
the refugee camp there was razed.
The report by the Refugee
Rights Data Project (RRDP) says French police tactics against
the estimated 700 refugees at the port are alleged to have included
driving unaccompanied girls to remote spots and abandoning them.
Researchers used interpreters to interview 233 refugees, including
94 children as young as 12, and found repeated disproportionate
and indiscriminate accounts of police brutality including
beatings severe enough to break limbs."
The fight against smuggling comes of age: from deaths at sea
to those in the desert
Three questions: Barbara Spinelli
MEP highlights the human cost of the fight against smugglers:
"Barbara Spinelli interevened during the EP's plenary
session on the fight against illegal immigration and human trafficking
in the Mediterranean, requested by the ENF group and submitted
by Matteo Salvini, MEP for the Northern League."
release: Spycops Plaques Project launch (pdf):
"This Friday, 27th October,
sees the official launch of the new Spycops Plaques Project.
This project is about marking some of the places where #spycops
operated in the past, with a specially designed plaque being
installed at locations across London.
The undercover officers whose work is commemorated by these plaques
are mostly from two secretive police units: the Special Demonstration
Squad (SDS), which was part of Special Branch and operated from
1968-2008 and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU),
which was created in March 1999 and took over the SDS role.
The groups that these officers targeted included trade unionists,
environmentalists, anti-nuclear and peace activists, the movement
against apartheid, people fighting for human and animal rights,
against testing cosmetics on animals, and even families whose
campaigning was in response to their loved ones deaths
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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