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> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 01 November 2011
> Urgent Appeal: Stop Arbitrary Detentions in Turkey!
> The international public has so far been oblivious to the so-called “KCK operations” carried out in Turkey by Prime Minister Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party for the past two years. Under the guise of “fighting terrorism,” the Erdogan government has been using the judiciary, the police, and the media to penalize all civic activism in support of rights demanded by Kurdish citizens in Turkey. The “KCK operations” in particular have been deployed to spread fear amongst activists, to silence public dissent, and to normalize the arbitrary arrest of citizens.
> Petition
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 21 October 2011
> (GE) RAV organizes seminar on Interrogation methods in Berlin
> All aspects of interrogation and how lawyers can deal with them, will be dealt with at this two days seminar
> More information in German on website RAV
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 08 October 2011
> AIP Held the 2011 Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony
> The 9th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria was held on 28 September in the Bulgarian News Agency, Sofia. Access to Information Programme opened the event with the song “Breathe.” The event was broadcast live on Internet. More than hundred people attended the ceremony.
> More on website AIP
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 04 October 2011
> (NL) Bits Of freedom fundraiser
> Bits Of freedom, fighting for digital rights in the Netherlands, will host 'Do Your Bit!' on October 8 to raise funds (also possible online)
> More information on website
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 28 September 2011
> EDRI asks end to data retention
> European Digital Rights has issued a letter to the European Commission to ask the end of compulsive date retention by internet providers
> Letter to Commissioner MalmstroemWebsite EDRI
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 September 2011
> (GE) Sign petition against data retention
> The petition is aimed at the German parliament, to decide that data retention ('vorratsdatenspeicherung') without a serious suspicion on a person, be declared illegal in many cases. A petition to demand this has already been signed by more than 50.000 persons, but the aim is at least 100.000.
> website for the petition Overview of National data retention policies
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 29 August 2011
> 'terrorism' case against pastor Lothar König dropped
> At a hearing public prosecutor of Dresden announced to drop the prosecution of youthpastor Lothar König under the 'terrorism' article 129. He will still be prosecuted for 'aggravated breach of the peace' (during protests against a nazi-march in February). 21 Other persons are still being prosecuted under the terrorism paragraph
> Report on website (German)
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 26 August 2011
> (GE) Lawsuit against undercover police
> This month 7 activists from the German City of Heidelberg, using the name "Lawsuit against Undercover Police Working Group" (AG Spitzelklage) have launched a lawsuit in relation to the recent operations of German undercover police agent Simon Bromma. Filing the case against the German State of Baden Wuerttemberg, the lawsuit claims that the operations of the State Police were not in line with the German Constitution, and that issues of proportionality and the invasion of personal space were not properly respected.
> More on website 'spitzelklage'
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 26 August 2011
> Hands off my DNA!
> German campaign against the linking of different police databases in Europe, and against 'DNA collecting fanatism'
> Website (German)
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 30 July 2011
> Europe considers new anti-terrorism measures
> Tougher rules on the sale of chemicals which can be used to make homemade bombs are set to be introduced by the European Union in response to the terrorist attacks in Norway which killed 76 people. Meanwhile the man who has admitted carrying out the attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, is due to be questioned for a second time. The proposals were announced after an emergency meeting of the EU's terrorism working party and counter-terrorism group in Brussels. As well as the EU's law enforcement agency Europol, foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's External Action Service and the European Commission, Norwegian authorities also participated.
> More on website PSE
> Public Services Europe
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 30 July 2011
> HCLU Wins Freedom of Speech Case at European Court of Human Rights
> On July 19th, after a lengthy legal battle, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled in favor of journalist Peter Uj, represented by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. The journalist criticized the state owned Tokaj Kereskedőház (Hungarian winery) and specifically characterized it’s wine as shit. Criminal charges (defamation and criminal libel) initiated by the Tokaj Kereskedőház were pressed against him.
> More on website Hungarian Civil Liberties Union HCLU
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 12 July 2011
> A flotilla to stop deaths in the Mediterranean
> "The lack of hospitality within the policy of European states has reached such an appalling level that it is our duty to act and to show the possibility of a Euro-Mediterranean area based on solidarity and respect for Human Rights. Following their meeting in Cecina (Italy), the Euro-Mediterranean organisations in favour of migrants’ rights decided to charter a flotilla which will proceed to maritime surveillance so that assistance is provided finally to people in danger. The participatory organisations would also like to call on the European bodies and governments on both sides of the Mediterranean for establishing relations within this common area on the basis of exchange and reciprocity." With links to translations in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek and Dutch
> Call on website Migreurop
> Migreurop
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 09 July 2011
> Worse than China?
> Seven domestic privacy situations that are worse than the situation in China
> Dutch article
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 June 2011
> Doctors asked to identify potential terrorists under government plans
> Redrawn counter-terrorism programme will call on doctors' help, but BMA fears threat to patient confidentiality
> Guardian, 6 June 2011
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 June 2011
> Stop the EU plane passenger database
> We urge the EU to abandon its plans to adopt a EU-PNR system. The EU should not use PNR data or transfer them to third countries. The discussion about the EU-PNR systems shows that all travel movements of innocent individuals are to be monitored. This form of “total surveillance” must be prevented. Otherwise, the protection of privacy and civil liberties is at risk. The monitoring of travel movements of citizens in absence of an initial suspicion is a non-justified interference with the fundamental right to privacy/private life! As the data are exclusively collected by private airlines, the accuracy of the data can not be guaranteed. Mistakes arising in this context may lead to serious restrictions to the freedoms of individuals concerned.
> websiteon facebookGerman wiki
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 08 June 2011
> (Be) Petition for dismissed researcher Barbara van Dyck
> On Friday June 3th 2011, the Catholic University of Leuven sacked researcher Barbara Van Dyck because of her public support for the actions of Field Liberation Movement (FLM) in the context of an action against a genetically modified potato field in Wetteren, Belgium on Sunday May 29th. Whether one agrees with the aim and tactic of this action or not, the sanction is disproportionate and a breach of academic freedom and freedom of speech. We appeal to academics worldwide to resist this dismissal and to sign this open letter.
> more informationOnline petition
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 01 June 2011
> Preparatory workshops for DSEI
> DSEI, the world's largest arms fair, is taking place in London this September. Come along for a day of workshops, organised by the Stop The Arms Fair coalition, to plot a day of action on 13th September 2011. (Sunday 12th June, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ)
> Website Flyer (pdf)
> Stop the Arms Fair coalition
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> Hands off our right to move freely around the Union!
> European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) has been in the forefront of the struggle to achieve a Europe without borders with its hotlines at the start of the Schengen process, advice to thousands of individuals about how to overcome visible and hidden barriers to exercising their European rights and regular reports on the impact of EU enlargement on free movement of people.
> Press release ECAS
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> Police search building Dresden for antifascist activists
> On may 3d 150 policemen invaded the communal building Praxis in Dresden, where many people live or have their workspace. Apparently people living there are being accused of forming a criminal organisation to commit illegal actions against fascists. Nazis have made a yearly march in Dresden to commemorate the bombing of the city into the largest neonazi manifestation in Germany, but the last two years they were unable to march because of massive blockades in the city. During the last attempt, frustrated neonazis attacked precisely the building that the police choose to invade now.
> Declaration of support from Rote Hilfe Neuruppin
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> (Greece) Asylum seekers are put in jail!
> (...) We were given notice that from that point on, whoever applies for asylum without holding traveling documents will be detained (we put emphasis on the fact that only few asylum seekers have traveling documents). Despite the fact, that we considered that such an action from the police authorities (...) The police authorities, punishing with imprisonment everyone who is trying to practice his/her right to apply for asylum, are basically demolishing such entitlement. This practice is a cruel violation of human rights of the refugees. The rights of the refugees are ratified in the international conventions and therefore compel our country
> Press release Aitima (PDF)
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