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agenda of the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Senior Officials
Meeting (Vienna, 25-26 September 2018) (LIMITE doc no:
11859-18, pdf). Includes Access to electronic evidence and "Cambirdge
migrant rescue ship heads for Marseille despite revoked registration (France 24, link):
"The Aquarius migrant
rescue ship is headed for the port of Marseille with 58 people
on board and will seek authorisation to dock from the French
government, the vessel's operators said Monday, after the ship's
registration was revoked."
And see: Charities
plea for help after Aquarius migrant rescue ship's flag revoked
- Operators claim Panama deflagged vessel after pressure from
Italian government (Guardian, link)
crisis: latest news from across Europe (15-24.9.18) including: Missing at the Borders
project launches website; humanitarian emergency on Lesvos; Germany
seeks cooperation with Algeria on deportations
acquits Tunisian 'migrant smuggling' fishermen (BBC News, link):
"Six Tunisian fishermen
arrested earlier this month by Italian authorities for "aiding
illegal migrants" have been cleared."
expansion programme will turn Britain into a "prison island",
This August, Corporate Watch
is releasing its new report on prison expansion in England, Wales
and Scotland: Prison Island. It shines a light on one of the
biggest prison building programs in generations.
will lead to more EU law for UKs criminal justice systems,
according to new report
(Queen Mary University, link):
"Future EU-UK cooperation
on security and criminal justice is dependant on the extent to
which the UK complies with key EU law standards according to
a new report by a taskforce from Queen Marys School of
Law and the Centre for European Policy Studies."
admit managers supported serious human rights abuses, but try
to obstruct court from learning more (Police Spies Out
of Our Lives, link):
"The Metropolitan Police
Service (MPS) has admitted that a sexual relationship a police
officer had while he was undercover was a violation of her fundamental
right not to be subjected to torture or inhumane and degrading
They have admitted that he
had the backing of his cover officers and line manager to have
They are now seeking to prevent
the Tribunal from examining the legality of the operations, the
role of sexism and political persecution in the decisions made,
and the involvement of senior commanding officers."
the Refugee Crisis: Holding the Commission Accountable
(Verfassungsblog, link) by Cathryn Costello and Elspeth Guild:
"Whatever its rhetoric,
the Commissions room for manoeuvre as a political norm
entrepreneur on hot issues is constrained. Nonetheless, it could
still have worked better, and seized the opportunity to make
a success of relocation, and abandon Dublin decisively. However,
it failed to shine as technical coordinator, to maintain its
integrity as guardian of EU legality, or even stealthily act
to maintain EU scrutiny before the CJEU."
bill 'undermines access to legal advice' (The Law Society
"Suspects detained under
latest terrorism legislation making its way through parliament
could be questioned for an hour unaccompanied by a solicitor,
the Law Society has warned. Even then, the onus is on the detainee
to request a solicitor and consultations would not be private,
Chancery Lane added."
government seeks greater cooperation with Algeria on deportations
The German government wants to
classify Algeria as a safe country of origin in terms of asylum
law, as it has already done with Tunisia and Morocco. Rejected
asylum seekers could be deported more quickly.
and migration proposals dominate Juncker's 'State of the Union'
announcements - full documentation
A reinforced Frontex, a new European
Asylum Agency, more measures against online terrorist content,
a strengthened European Public Prosecutor's Office, lowering
the standards in the Returns Directive and changes to decision-making
in foreign policy were just some of the security and migration-related
proposals announced in the 'State of the Union' speech given
by European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, on 12
Observatory: Creation of a centralised Justice & Home Affairs
database is "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.
campaigners are domestic extremists, say Police Scotland
(The Ferret, link):
"Opponents of fracking
in Scotland are considered domestic extremists by
Police Scotland, despite Home Office advice that campaigners
should not be bracketed alongside the likes of Islamic State
and neo-Nazis under counter terrorism strategy."
organizations demand decongestion of the islands and immediate
improvement of refugee reception conditions
Athens, September 13, 2018 -
Over 17,000 people remain crammed in Greek island reception centers
with a total capacity for only 6,000, living in desperate conditions
which do not meet humanitarian standards. This, despite public
assurances from the Greek Minister of Migration Policy, Dimitris
Vitsas, that the islands would be decongested by September and
that thousands of new places would be created on the Greek mainland.
evaluation of the European Border Surveillance System (Eurosur)
The European Commission has published
an evaluation of the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR),
which recommends that the system be expanded for the "systematic
inclusion" of all border crossing points; the monitoring
of "secondary movements" of migrants within the EU;
and to develop new services and better cooperate with "third
parties", for example through "big data analysis"
of EU databases such as the Schengen Information System, the
Visa Information System and Europol's computer systems.
UK: The "deport first,
appeal later" policy: Afghan
father who sought refuge in UK 'shot dead by Taliban' after being
deported by Home Office (The Independent, link):
"An Afghan man who sought
refuge from the Taliban in the UK has been shot dead in his home
town after being deported by the British government."
Rights Agency: new opinions highlight privacy concerns with biometric
identity cards and Visa Information System proposals
The EU's Fundamental Rights Agency
has published two detailed new opinions examining recent proposals
to expand and amend the Visa Information System (VIS) and to
make the inclusion of biometrics (fingerprints and facial images)
mandatory in all EU citizens' national identity cards.
on Moria: mainland travel permitted for some; concerns over growing
EASO role in asylum procedure; deportations without due process
Lesvos Legal Centre reports that
on Friday 7th September the Greek government began lifting the
geographical restrictions for individuals classified as vulnerable
who are attempting to claim asylum in Lesvos.
surveillance powers violate human rights
The European Court of Human Rights
(ECHR) has ruled that various aspects of the surveillance powers
used by the UK's signals intelligence agency, Government Communications
Headquarters (GCHQ), violate the rights to privacy and freedom
rights judges reject final appeal of Troubles 'hooded men'
(The Guardian, link):
"The European court of
human rights has rejected a final attempt by the Irish government
to redefine as torture the maltreatment of 14 men interned without
trial at the start of the Troubles in Northern Ireland."
of Judgment (pdf)
Moria camp "dangerous to public health" and majority
of detainees "never feel safe"
The notorious Moria "hotspot"
camp on the Greek island of Lesvos must be cleaned up within
30 days or otherwise closed down. Inspectors declared the camp
"dangerous for public health and the environment,"
after finding "broken sewage pipes, overflowing garbage
bins, and stagnant water and flies in the toilets," according
to a report in the The Independent. Meanwhile, a recent investigation
has found that over 65% of people living in the camp "never
feel safe" there.
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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