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> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 27 July 2010
> Civil society groups call for end to telecommunications data retention
> More than 100 organisations from 23 European countries asked EU Commissioners Malmström, Reding and Kroes in a joint letter to "propose the repeal of the EU requirements regarding data retention in favour of a system of expedited preservation and targeted collection of traffic data". Among the signatories are civil liberties, data protection and human rights associations as well as crisis line and emergency call operators, professional associations of journalists, jurists and doctors, trade unions, consumer organisations and industry associations.
> Letter at Privacy International
> Privacy International
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 27 July 2010
> Clandestino Day 2010
> Carta magazine promotes the second edition of the Clandestino Day to respond to discrimination against migrants. The issues it highlights include refoulements at sea, racist laws, the point-based residence permit and violation of the right to seek asylum. It seeks to build upon a large demonstration held on 17 October 2009 and the "day without migrants" celebrated on 1 March 2010 to build a popular mobilisation.
> Clandestino Day 2010Carta
> Carta
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 27 July 2010
> Solidaridad con Noura
> Demonstration by the campaign against foreigners' detention centres to protest against the expulsion of Noura, a Moroccan national who was arrested for not having a residence permit and placed in a police station where she claims that she suffered sexual abuse. After 40 days in Zapadores detention centre, she was expelled to Morocco on 12 July, and was thus unable to testify although a criminal investigation into the case was underway.
> Solidaridad con Noura. Information statementCampana por el cierre de los centros de internamiento para extranjeros blog
> Campana por el cierre de los centros de internamiento para extranjeros
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 13 July 2010
> Welcome! Indietro non si torna
> Welcome! indietro non si torna (Welcome! there's no going back), is a campaign against all refoulements and in favour of the right of asylum, whose launch involved demonstrations in ports on the Adriatic coast including Venice, Ancona, Bari and, across the sea in Greece, in Patras and Igoumenitsa on 20 June 2010.
> Full listing of the campaign's initiatives to dateWelcome! campaign presentation
> Melting Pot
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 05 May 2010
> German civil society calls for a definitive end to telecommunications data retention
> On 19 April 2010, more than 40 organisations called on the German Federal Minister of Justice to "push for the abolition of EU telecommunications data retention requirements", which compel phone and Internet companies to collect data about their customers' communications. According to the open letter, data retention puts confidential activity and contacts, for example to journalists, crisis lines and business partners, at risk of disclosure by way of data leaks and abuses. It is expensive and damages the freedom of communication. Among the 48 signatories of the letter are German civil liberties, data protection and human rights associations as well as crisis line and emergency call operators, professional associations of journalists, jurists and doctors and major trade unions. On 2 March 2010 the German Federal Constitutional Court ruled the German data retention provisions unconstitutional, following complaints from over 34,000 German citizens. However a 2006 EU directive compels member states to implement a data retention regime. The European Commission is currently reviewing this directive.
> Open Letter
> German Working Group on Data Retention
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 30 April 2010
> Appello per la solidarietà a Piero Sansonetti e Checchino Antonini
> On 10 February 2010, a Rome court found Liberazione newspaper director Sansonetti and journalist Antonini guilty of defamation, sentencing them to eight months for reporting, in 2005, the positive treatment enjoyed by police officials who had been involved in the violence at the 2001 G8 in Genoa.
> Appello per la solidarietà a Piero Sansonetti e Checchino Antonini8 mesi di carcere per aver scritto contro la polizia a GenovaComitato verità e giustizia per Genova
> Verità e Giustizia per Genova
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 30 April 2010
> Le carceri scoppiano. Potenziamo le misure alternative, liberiamo i tossicodipendenti!
> There have been mobilisations within and outside prisons about the overcrowding that they are experiencing (which is also recognised by the government), with the prison population reaching 65,000. The appeal highlights that this due to specific laws such as those on drugs (Fini-Giovanardi), immigration, on repeat offenders (Cirielli) and for offences that have little social impact, such as the one that was recently re-introduced of causing offence to a public officer. The law on drugs is described as the most punitive in Europe and as accounting for half the prison population. The appeal calls for a strengthening of alternative measures to imprisonment and criticises the authorities' aim to tackle this problem by building more prisons.
> Le carceri scoppianoFuoriluogo
> Fuoriluogo
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 23 February 2010
> Carceri aperte ai giornalisti
> Appeal for journalists to have access to prisons, to be able to report the things that happen there. It follows a series of scandals including the death of Stefano Cucchi, and highlights that "over the last few years, the prison administration has increasingly restricted the possibilities of access".
> Carceri aperte ai giornalisti
> Associazione Antigone and Il Manifesto
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 23 February 2010
> La Journée Sans Immigrés - 24h sans nous
> French initiative for a strike by migrants on 1 March 2010, which has been adhered to in Italy following recent developments. From the campaign manifesto "Let's make 1 March an historic day", "We, women and men of all creeds, of all political sides and of all skin colours, immigrants, second-generation immigrants, citizens who are aware of immigration's essential contribution to our countries, have had enough of the shameful proposals backed by certain political representatives that seek to stigmatise and criminalise immigrants and their children..." call a "day without immigrants" by stopping to consume or work on 1 March, voluntarily abstaining from the city's life to "indicate the need for our presence" through this absence. The initiative has crossed borders and will also take place in Italy.
> La journée sans immigrésPrimo marzo 2010 - sciopero degli stranieri
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 17 January 2010
> Petition: No to nuclear weapons!
> ITUC petition to be presented to UN secretary Ban Ki-Moon in May 2010 on the occassion of the United Nations review of the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT): "We wish to add our voices to the global campaign for an end to nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. We believe that the world needs to take urgent action to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and to make the world free of nuclear weapons, as part of the overall drive for worldwide peace and the transfer of military spending to socially-useful ends [...] Trade unionists from around the world are urging that meeting to make a clear path towards abolition of nuclear weapons in the shortest possible time. We ask that: - those countries which have not joined the NPT do so, and for all countries to comply with it in full; - the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty enter into force as soon as possible; - there be an immediate start to and rapid progress on the Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty; and - we ask for international agreements to support nuclear-weapon-free zones."
> Sign the petitionITUC
> International Trade Union Confederation
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 12 January 2010
> Manifiesto de apoyo a la campanha a favor del no encarcelamiento de los "manteros"
> A statement in which this campaign to stop street sellers of pirate CDs/DVDs from going to prison, alongside members of the performing arts, call upon the Spanish parliament to "adopt the necessary legal measures to prevent these people... from being imprisoned". While expressing their opposition to the sale of counterfeit goods and defending the protection of intellectual property rights, the artists who sign the statement deem the arrest for up to two years for exhibiting and selling pirate copies on the street "disproportionate".
> Manifiesto de apoyo a la campanha a favor del no encarcelamiento de los "manteros" Plataforma "ningun mantero en prision"
> Plataforma "ningun mantero en prision"
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 12 January 2010
> Semaine de solidarité avec les inculpés de l’incendie de Vincennes du 17 au 24 janvier
> To express solidarity leading up to the trial from 25 to 27 January in Paris in which 10 detainees who were part of a revolt in Vincennes detention centre (the largest one in France at the time) during which it was burned down. The revolt followed the death of a detainee who was not given his medication on 21 June 2008. The campaign calls for their release and acquittal.
> Semaine de solidarité avec les inculpés de l’incendie de Vincennes du 17 au 24 janvier
> Vincennes solidarity campaign
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 20 December 2009
> Swedish Appeal for the child’s best interest in the asylum process
> Swedish social workers' appeal to be made to Tobias Billström, Swedish migration minister, and Dan Eliasson, head of the Swedish Migration Board, demanding Sweden to take action and stop sending children back to unsafe countries: "We, the writers of this text, are working directly with unaccompanied refugee children and meet them on a daily basis. Many of these children have experienced traumatic breakups and accounts of abuse and violence are common. These children have a great need of safety, care and security. Therefore it is crucial to put the child’s best interest in the heart of the asylum process – something that you see less and less of today.[...] We have already appealed to the Swedish decision makers and those held responsible for issues concerning migration and asylum to put the principle of the child’s best interest into practice – that it not remain just as words on paper. We want Sweden to take its responsibility for these children until the European commission sees to that the reception of refugees and the asylum procedures are equivalent in all of Europe. We demand an immediate stop of all transfers of children to countries that right now can not guarantee or offer the children a safe place, their rights being protected or a legally secure asylum procedure."
> Swedish appeal
> Swedish social workers
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 03 December 2009
> Press release: Out the Back Door: illegal deportations of refugees from Greece
> European states party to the Dublin Convention may be in breach of the UN Refugee Convention by returning asylum seekers to Greece. In a report published today, NOAS, NHC and the Greek organization AITIMA show that refugees are subject to considerable risk of deportation from Greece without having their need for protection assessed. The report presents the experiences of asylum seekers who have been deported across the border to Turkey under the cover of night, and who have not been given a chance to have their need for protection assessed in any European country. In Turkey, they run a considerable risk of being sent onwards, to their home country.
> Press release (14 November 2009)
> Norwegian Helsinki Committee, NOAS and AITIMA
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 03 December 2009
> Reclaim your data from the European police authorities! Campaign to exercise the right to access European databases
> A European campaign against the mass collection and retention of personal data by European police authorities was launched at an event in Berlin on 1 October 2009. The campaign is supported by a variety of groups and individuals and aims for people to send data requests to European and national police agencies to find out if their data is being stored. The English call out for the campaign reads: "Throughout Europe, the data of millions of people is stored in information systems operated and checked by the police and intelligence services as a matter of course. The various national systems are supplemented by centralized databases such as the Schengen Information System (SIS) and databases operated by Europol. In addition, the Treaty of Prüm and the "Swedish Initiative" has led to increasing automation and facilitate rapid data exchange between national systems. [...] So to anyone who would like to know what the police (think they) know about you, or simply to register your dissent, we recommend exercising your right to access your own data by sending a request for information to the relevant police authority in your country. The digest received in response will help to give us an idea of the full extent of police access to citizen data, as well as serving as a starting point for getting your data out of the computer systems, by legal or political means." The campaign provides instructions on how to make a request to the authorities and provides background information on civil liberties concerns regarding data collection.
> English campaign siteGrundrechtkomitee about the campaign (German)Flyer (English)
> gipfelsoli, Grundrechtekomitee
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 16 October 2009
> Debunking the Council's Arguments Against Amendment 138
> "As the negotiations of the conciliation committee on the Telecoms Package unfold, the Council of the European Union came up with a new, alarming proposal. Member States offered to replace the notorious "amendment 138", an essential safeguard for citizen's freedom, with a dangerous "knock-off". But the new version is not only neutralizing citizens' protections adopted twice by 88% of the European Parliament; it reduces legal protections for online activites in an attempt to implement what looks like an open door to a repressive nightmare. On 6 October, La Quadrature sent to the Members of the European Parliament a letter to urge them to defend amendment 138, along with a memo debunking the Council's arguments about this fundamental provision."
> Debunking the Council's arguments (Memo, PDF)Press release (La Quadrature du Net, 7 October)Amendment 138: Debunking the Council's arguments (Letter)
> La Quadrature du Net
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 16 October 2009
> Greece: 29 NGO recommendations on combating racism and hate crimes
> These Recommendations are the result of the Civil Society Preparation meeting on Sunday October 4, 2009. Signatories decided on, amongst others, the following recommendations to OSCE Participating States. Enact laws that expressly address hate crimes, monitor and report on hate crimes, take immediate action concerning hate crime against Muslim communities, including data collection and monitoring of violence, greater protection for the rights of Roma, Ensure that the rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are respected and they do not become subjects of discriminatory measures. A fundamental human right to seek asylum should be respected.
> GHM press release (5.10.2009)
> Greek Helsinki Monitor
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 16 October 2009
> Human Rights must be the cornerstone, and not just a reference, of the Stockholm Programme
> "The European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) welcomes the adoption for the upcoming 5 years of a Programme on the “freedom, security and justice area” which will succeed the Hague Programme. AEDH wishes for a more global and balanced Programme, in the vein of the 1999 Tampere Programme. The Hague Programme took a security-based and sectoral approach that tended to confuse security, criminality and migration. This led to discriminative legislative content that often infringed on Fundamental Rights."
> AEDH Statement on the Stockholm Programme (PDF)AEDH Homepage
> European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH)
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 31 August 2009
> Keine Schnüffelei in der Anwaltskanzlei - Verfassungsbeschwerde gegen das BKA-Gesetz (No Spying in Lawyers' Offices - Constitutional Complaint Against the Federal Police Law)
> On 1.1.2009, a reform of the German Federal Police Law came into force, allowing for the BKA to enforce preventative measures in the fight against "international terrorism", formerly under remits of regional police forces. A constitutional amendment introduced with the reform of Germany's regional state reforms enabled this centralisation and extension of police powers against citizens, in particular surveillance, interception and data collection. In May 2009, the critical lawyers' association RAV has lodged a constitutional complaint, the reasoning for which are explained on the RAV website.
> RAV HomepageBKA Law constitutional complaint
> Republikanische Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein (RAV)
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 27 July 2009
> Greece: UNHCR walks out of "unfair and ineffective" asylum procedures
> Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) highlights today’s United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees decision to withdraw from the committees examining asylum applications so as not to legitimize with their presence the new procedures that it “do not sufficiently guarantee efficiency and fairness of the refugee status determination procedure in Greece as required by International and European legislation.” Greece is now in breach of the international law and the opinion of the competent and authoritative UN agency is expected to form the basis for future convictions of Greece by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Unless, Greece’s Council of State based on the same opinion quashes related rejections by the administration of asylum applications.
> Greek Helsinki MonitorPress release
> Greek Helsinki Monitor
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