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(ciutatrefugi.barcelona, link): "Human rights. A report
by Irídia, Novact and Fotomovimiento, subsidised by Barcelona
City Council, details and denounces the racism, violence and
illegality of migration control policies at the border areas
between Ceuta and Melilla and Morocco." See also: Frontera Sur
Milan like Barcelona. Together,
without walls, against the racist criminalisation of migrants
and the poor. For an international network of antiracist cities (by S. Palidda): "Following the
example of Barcelona, where between 160,000 and 300,000 people
mobilised on the past 18 February in support of rights for migrants
and to promote an international network of cities against racism
where immigrants will be welcomed, around 100,000 people participated
in a demonstration in Milan on 20 May.
for the demonstration (https://www.20maggiosenzamuri.it/ in Italian, English,
French, Spanish and Arabic) was launched by the Milan mayor's
office, several personalities from all walks of life, 600 associations,
NGOs and institutions as well as 70 Italian city councils."
mounted to Court judgment on opposing access to the documents
concerning the EU-Turkey deal of 18 March 2016 - the
General Court made several errors of law and that it was
wrong to decline jurisdiction"
On 28 February
2017 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rejected
three applicants' cases requesting access to the documents held
by the Council of the European Union concerning the EU-Turkey
deal of 18 March 2016. The Court argued that:
three actions as inadmissible on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction.
In particular, the General Court held that the EU-Turkey Statement
did not relate to an act of the European Council nor of any other
body, office or agency of the Union and hence that the actions
fell outside the Court's jurisdiction." [LIMITE
doc no: 9148-17, pdf) [emphasis added]
of Appeal finds Theresa May acted unlawfully in denying refugees
access to UK
of Appeal rules that Theresa May acted unlawfully when Home Secretary
in denying refugees access to the UK who have been living on
a British Sovereign Base since 1998... In a unanimous decision
the Court of Appeal has today (25 May 2017) found that Theresa
May acted unlawfully by refusing to consider allowing entry to
the UK to a group of refugee families stranded on the British
Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) in Cyprus. The unlawful decision was
made in November 2014 when Mrs May was Home Secretary. "
Statewatch Analysis: Counter-terrorism
and the inflation of EU databases (pdf) by Heiner Busch and Matthias Monroy
The topic of
counter-terrorism in Europe remains closely linked to the development
and expansion of police (and secret service) databases. This
was the case in the 1970s, after 11 September 2001 and has also
been the case since 2014, when the EU Member States started working
on their action plans against 'foreign terrorist fighters'.
crisis: latest news from across Europe (18-22.5.17) including: Greece: cynical
numbers game on refugee relocation
Council of the EU considers "introducing a
legal link" between visa and returns policy
Council... Considers that stronger coordination could be established
between the two areas of return and visa policy to improve return
cooperation of third countries on return and readmission..."
Council Conclusions on enhancing return and readmission of illegally
staying persons (9082/1/17 REV 1, LIMITE, 19 May 2017, pdf)
Book review: Refuge:
Transforming a broken refugee system. Alexander Betts and Paul
The Penguin Press, March 2017 by Frances Webber:
"when you dig beneath
the benevolent surface, the book's message is profoundly objectionable,
and dangerous. For the authors' take on the crisis of displacement
wilfully ignores the role of the global economy, and their vision
of autonomy for refugees is working for multinational corporations
in special economic zones coupled with a ban on travelling outside
their region of origin - a sort of captive reserve army of labour.
It is hard to see the autonomy in that."
now, under-the-skin RFID tags replace train tickets in Europe (Privacy News Online,
Swedish State Railways has decided to accept under-the-skin RFID
tag implants for ticket purchases, arguing it enhances ticketless
travel better than having your ticket in your mobile. Actually,
they didnt argue that at all. They just said were
digital and it works as if that would justify
EU: Council of the European Union: Qualifications Directive:
for a Regulation on standards for the qualification of third-country
nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international
protection.. Period of Validity of Residence Permits issued to
Refugees and Beneficiaries of Subsidiary Protection = Preparation
for a general approach (LIMITE doc no: 9001-17,pdf):
Presidency proposed that both permits would thereafter be renewed
in accordance with national legislation, including for an unlimited
period. Although there was some support for this Proposal, it
was opposed by those Member States which grant residence permits
with a validity period of more than five (5) years to beneficiaries
of refugee status, as well as by those Member States which grant
residence permits with the same validity period of more than
three (3) years to both beneficiaries of refugee status and beneficiaries
of subsidiary protection status."
European Parliament Study: European Travel Information
and Authorisation System (ETIAS): Border management, fundamental
rights and data protection (pdf): "It provides an assessment
of the necessity, implications in relation to interoperability,
and impact in terms of fundamental rights, including the right
to personal data protection and the right to privacy. It finds
that the necessity of ETIAS has not been made, that the proposal
is likely to introduce interoperability through the backdoor,
and that it constitutes a significant interference with fundamental
EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 18 May 2017: Press
(pdf) Includes: Common European asylum system reform, Fight against
serious and organised crime, Aviation security, Counter-terrorism
and Migration: "During a joint dinner, home affairs and
development ministers addressed the external dimension of migration,
to ensure full coherence between migration and development policies."
points Agenda for discussion (pdf) and "A"
points -adopted without discussion - non-legislative (pdf)
Parliament calls for action on rights and democracy in Hungary
Parliament yesterday (17 May) adopted a resolution condemning
"a serious deterioration of the rule of law, democracy and
fundamental rights over the past few years" in Hungary,
and calling for the start of the Article 7(1) procedure, which
can end in the suspension of the EU voting rights of a state
in breach of the EU's fundamental values.
the Anthony Grainger inquiry shone a light on policing the murky
world of serious organised crime (Manchester Evening News, link):
were made, some of them serious ones. The force is braced for
severe criticism about the way it handled the operation and its
aftermath, particularly how armed police could be given such
wildly inaccurate intelligence overstating their targets
potential for armed violence."
commission says more controls needed on aid groups rescuing migrants (Reuters, link):
parliamentary commission said on Tuesday more controls needed
to be imposed on humanitarian organisations that are taking an
increasingly significant role in rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean."
See also: Refugee
crisis: latest news from across Europe (17.5.17) including: Commission takes
first steps against Hungary asylum law - for the second time
director charged under Terrorism Act after failing to hand over
international director of Cage, Muhammad Rabbani, has been charged
under the Terrorism Act after refusing to hand over passwords
to his laptop at Heathrow airport."
Arrest Warrant: reports on Eurojust casework 2014-16 and Member
States' prison conditions
EU judicial cooperation
agency Eurojust recently issued two reports: one examining its
casework in relation to the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) between
2014 and 2016, and the other summarising a recent debate held
by Member States' representatives at Eurojust on the topic of
EAWs and prison conditions.
wastes no time welcoming prospect of Big Brother databases
- Justice and
Home Affairs database could cover terrorism, organised crime
and crime in general
database will cover "new and existing" databases with
proposals for biometric matching including facial images ("the
biometric of the future") and a "common repository"
of personal data on millions of people
- USA expresses
"interest" in EU plan for a single law enforcement
police and crime commissioner resigns following spycop reports
A deputy police
and crime commissioner has resigned following reports that he
worked as an undercover police officer in the early 1990s, infilitrating
political groups and deceiving a 19-year-old woman into a sexual
people die on the Spanish coasts in one year including 122 children
2015 and December 2016, 388 people died in their attempt to arrive
in Spain by boat. 31.4% of them were children and 7.9% of them
women, according to an extensive report by the NGO Caminando
Fronteras. The organisation documents that, behind these
deaths, beyond the risk implicit in the sea crossing, are deficiencies
in the rescue efforts at the southern border that "give
precedence to migration control over saving lives."
And see: Refugee
crisis: latest news from across Europe (15.5.17)
Statewatch Analysis: Who
drives EU counter-terrorism? On the legislation of the European
(pdf) by Heiner Busch and Matthias Monroy:
The formal process
of developing and implementing EU counter-terrorism law and policy
begins with the heads of government, in the European Council,
setting out strategic guidelines. Thereafter, the Commission
produces proposals for laws and policies that are discussed by
the Council of the EU (made up of government officials) and the
Parliament. However, this formal task-sharing between the institutions
of the EU does not say much about the power relations and impulses
surrounding counter-terrorism policy.
pushes to "increase the feed and use of biometric data"
in draft conclusions on security checks and irregular migration
effectiveness of cross-checking both regular and irregular migrants
against security databases depends to a large extent on the availability
of biometrics. Illegal border-crossings are often
undocumented, which means that it is impossible to run a check
against any security database unless biometrics are utilised."
BULGARIA: No access to a lawyer for first three days under
arrest: no problem, says European Court of Human Rights
"The Court found in particular
that Mr Simeonovs conditions of detention, in combination
with the strict regime under which he was serving his sentence
and the length of his period of imprisonment since 1999, had
subjected him to an ordeal exceeding the suffering inherent in
serving a prison sentence, which had amounted to inhuman and
also found that Mr Simeonovs right to legal assistance
had been restricted for the first three days of his police custody,
but that that restriction had not irremediably infringed the
criminal proceedings as a whole."
(pdf) and the judgment: Case
of Simeonovi v Bulgaria (application no. 21980/14, pdf)
in a twist over data retention judgment
The Council of
the European Union is really struggling to finds ways around
the Court of European Justice judgment in "Tele 2 and Watson".
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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