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> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 09 March 2011
> Freedom not Frontex
> the impressive movements of revolt in the Arab world and the downfall of the dictators in North Africa produced a problem for the externalised EU border regime: they now lack their watchdogs. The question of an increased repressive migration control through the European border agency Frontex has been discussed in politics and media for the last days. In this vein, we believe it urgent to press for the demand of freedom of movement, made by refugees and migrants, and position ourselves against the dying and suffering at the external borders.
> Statemente on websiteas pdf
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 08 March 2011
> International day of silidarity with Greek hungestrikers
> Call for European coordinated solidarity actions to the 300 immigrants hunger strikers in Greece on March 10
> website
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 04 March 2011
> New trial for anti-NATO demonstrator in France
> On March 9 2011 the court in Nancy, France, will start the case against German activist Jan, who has spent 4 months in jail after being arrested at the demonstrations against the NATO-summit in Strasbourg two years ago. Jan was being accused of (amongst others) 'carrying a weapon' (a tent peg) but was acquitted by the court in Colmar. The prosecution then went into appeal, and Jan could be sentenced to as much as three years imprisonment.
> More information on website
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 04 March 2011
> Dutch judge rejects objection to finger print registration in passport
> The administrative judge in Maastricht ('bestuursrechter') rejected a request by businessman Wim Willems to have a right to a passport without having to hand over his fingerprints which would then be registered in a database and on a chip in his passport. Willems - who needs his passport because he often travels abroad - states that this is a violation of human rights and rejects being treated as a criminal. Also he states that the safety of the database is questionable and the fingerprints could be stolen by someone to create a false identity. But the judge rejected his claims on Feb. 28 2011.
> More on tweakers.net (Dutch)
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 25 February 2011
> Jusqu’a quand la politique migratoire de l’Union europeenne, va-t-elle s’appuyer sur les dictatures du sud de la Mediterranee?
> On 22 February 2011, Migreurop issued a statement highlighting how the EU’s migration policy has effectively resulted in support for dictatorial regimes, arguing that in the light of recent events it must make a choice as to whether its avowed principles of “defence of democracy” and support for human rights are mere rhetoric, or whether it is ready to rise to this historic moment and “open a new era in the relations between the European Union and its Mediterranean neighbours”.
> Jusqu’a quand la politique migratoire de l’Union europeenne, va-t-elle s’appuyer sur les dictatures du sud de la Mediterranee?¿Hasta cuando la politica migratoria de la Union Europea va a apoyarse en las dictaduras del sur del Mediterraneo?The European Union’s migration policy: support for dictatorships to the south of the Mediterranean
> Migreurop
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 24 February 2011
> Petition against the wall of shame in Evros
> The recent announcement by the Ministry for the Protection of the Citizen about the planned erection of a wall at the Evros borderline, with the purpose of preventing the irregular entry of migrants and refugees into Greece from Turkey, is well known to all of us. (...) As lawyers and as politically active citizens of this country, we refuse to consent to the erection of a wall between supposedly prosperous societies and the desperate people of the “Third World”. We refuse to consent to the building of a “Europe – Fortress”. We fight for a world of liberty, of solidarity and of equality. For a world where walls of all kind have no place.
> websitepetition
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 February 2011
> Petition to Council of Europe on government use of citizens biometrics
> European governments are increasingly demanding storage of biometric data (fingerprints and facial scans) from individuals.  These include storing them on contactless 'RFID' chips in passports and/or ID cards.  Some are going even further and implementing database storage of these biometric data too, e.g. France, Lithuania, and the Netherlands. These are inherently dangerous practices. (...) That's why we'll urgently ask Secretary General Jagland of the Council of Europe to request the countries involved to explain whether their national law on this subject is in line with the European Convention and ECHR court rulings.
> Petition online
> Privacy International (et al)
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 15 February 2011
> BOSNIA: HUNGER STRIKER’S LETTER: "This centre has become the shame of Europe"
> Letter from nine hunger strikers (Palestinian, Algerian and Tunisian) in Lukavica detention centre, stating their complaints, which include the length of imprisonment, mistreatment and violence against them, and a lack of legal assistance or interpreters.
> BOSNIA: HUNGER STRIKER’S LETTER: "This centre has become the shame of Europe"BOSNIE: LETTRE DES GREVISTES DE LA FAIM : "Ce centre est devenu la honte de l’Europe"CAMPAGNE DE FAX: liberation des grevistes de la faim du camps de LukavicaFAX CAMPAIGN: Realease of the hunger strikers of Lukavica camps
> Hunger strikers in Lukavica detention centre (Migreurop)
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 15 February 2011
> Marocco: La realtà crudele di musulmani imprigionati e torturati
> The story of Abou Elkassim Britel, an extraordinary rendition victim with Italian citizenship who remains in prison in Morocco after he was abducted and tortured in Pakistan in November 2001. The article outlines his ordeal, and his wife Khadija provides information about his current situation in Morocco following her visits to see him in prison, noting that there are many innocent people arrested who are suffering similar abuse.
> Marocco: La realtà crudele di musulmani imprigionati e torturatiGiustizia per Kassima website
> Silvia Cattori
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 15 February 2011
> Lampedusa torni ad essere centro di transito e prima accoglienza Ai migranti in fuga si conceda la protezione umanitaria
> Statement by ARCI concerning the influx of Tunisian migrants in Lampedusa which calls on Italy to provide humanitarian assistance to those who arrive, allowing them at least to apply for asylum. ARCI also recalls that Italy has supported "illiberal" regimes to ensure their complicity and help in the policy to close borders, beyond the limits established by national and international law.
> Lampedusa torni ad essere centro di transito e prima accoglienza Ai migranti in fuga si conceda la protezione umanitaria
> ARCI
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 15 February 2011
> LAMPEDUSA (Italie): L’Europe ne doit pas avoir peur de la democratie en Afrique du Nord
> Press statement issued by the Migreurop network about developments in Lampedusa, where thousands of Tunisians have been arriving by boat. It challenges Italy's reaction to the influx, noting how authorities have called for a Frontex mission, and wish the EU's next meeting of interior affairs ministers to discuss the effects of the crisis in north Africa and its effects on immigration and security, raising the spectre of terrorism. The statement's title is "Europe does not have to be afraid of democracy in North Africa".
> LAMPEDUSA (Italie) : L’Europe ne doit pas avoir peur de la democratie en Afrique du NordLAMPEDUSA (Italia) : l’Europa non deve aver paura della democrazia in Nord AfricaEurope does not have to be afraid of democracy in North AfricaLAMPEDUSA (Italia) : Europa no debe temer a la democracia en el Norte de Africa
> Migreurop
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 12 February 2011
> (CH)Preliminary 'Indictment for Torture' G.W. Bush BROUGHT PURSUANT TO THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE* *
> The present document is a modified version of an individual criminal complaint prepared for submission against George W. BUSH in anticipation of his visit to Geneva, Switzerland on 12 February 2011.
> Indictment (pdf)
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 26 January 2011
> Bosnia-&-Herzegovina: Ill-treatments and hunger strike in Lukavica foreigners’ camp
> Twenty people are currently detained in inhuman and degrading conditions in Lukavica foreigners’ camp, close to Sarajevo. Detainees include Albanians, Egyptians, Syrians, Palestinians, Algerians as well as one Kosovar and one Turk. According to many sources, foreigners arrested in Bosnia and then held in detention centres are mostly released after a few days when the authorities are unable to send them back to their country of origin. However, people from Arab countries are detained longer : three to six months, if not more. The reason : they are accused of being linked with terrorist activities, even if there is no serious proof they are in their file. Some of them have lived in Bosnia-&-Herzegovina for many years ; others have been arrested at the border, and sent to Lukavica. (...)Migreurop is asking the Bosnian authorities, whose country is a signatory to the international Convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families, to stop the violation of the rights of Lukavica detainees as promptly as possible.
> Migreurop
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 25 January 2011
> Bosnie-et-Herzegovine: mauvais traitements et greve de la faim dans le camp d’etrangers de Lukavica
> On 24 January 2011, the Migreurop network issued a press release concerning the hunger strike that is being staged by detainees in the Lukavica centre for migrants, near Sarajevo. The allegations include a lack of information about the procedure that they will undergo, having to sign a document that they do not understand, the absence of doctors, legal counsel, interpreters and not appearing before a judge, as well as the fact that asylum applications are not processed. Migreurop views the detention centre as an instance of the externalisation of the EU’s migration policy, and calls for these human rights violations to cease.
> Bosnie-et-Herzegovine: mauvais traitements et greve de la faim dans le camp d’etrangers de LukavicaBosnia Herzegovina: ill-treatment and hunger strike in Lukavica foreigners camp
> Migreurop
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 20 January 2011
> january 22: DNA-solidarity demonstration Gottingen
> On January 5 an antifascist activist was summoned to present himself to the police in Gottingen to hand over his DNA-material in the course of an investigation on the occurrence during a previous antifascist demonstration, where police claims demonstrators threw fireworks at them. The suspect did not obey, and police issued a warrant for him. On Saturday 22 January a demonstration will be held in solidarity.
> More information (German)
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 20 January 2011
> Belgian 'civic journalist' condemned to 6 month prison
> On January 5 30 year old Anja Hermans was sentenced to 6 month in prison for investigating the security of nuclear power station Doel. She had entered the premises of the power station during her investigative work.
> More information (Dutch)
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 20 January 2011
> Appeal for Pinar Selek
> The Turkish writer and sociologist Pinar Selek, born in 1971, presently a scholar in the Writers-in-Exile program of German P.E.N., is a passionate advocate for the rights of different kinds of minorities, such as socially disadvantaged children, but she also defends the civil rights of ethnic minorities like Kurds and Armenians. In 1998 Pinar Selek was arrested for alleged propaganda for PKK; she spent two and a half years in prison where she was severely tortured. It was only in custody that she realized she was being charged with having committed a terrorist bomb attack on the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul on behalf of the PKK. After an eight year trial Pinar was acquitted in 2006.(...) In February, 2010 we were alarmed to hear that the the Court of Appeals in Ankara is demanding life imprisonment under stiffened conditions for Pinar Selek.
> WebsiteCall from Pen-Germany (English)
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 20 January 2011
> Data retention in Europe
> a growing number of countries in Europe is demanding storage of biometrics (fingerprints and facial scans) of citizens on RFID chips in passports and/or ID cards. France, the Netherlands and Austria (and more countries?) are implementing (de)central database storage of these biometric data too. In a democratic society both ways of unsafe and disproportional storage constitute an unnecessary breach of our physical integrity and private life (art. 8) and other articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. Ask the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to request countries to explain whether their national law is in line with the European Convention and ECHR court rulings. Following article 52 ECHR member countries then have to answer to subjects like proportionality, subsidiarity, effectiveness, function creep, safety and whether measures are 'in accordance with the law'. So, let's convince the Norwegian Secretary General Jagland in Strasbourg and ask him to start an investigation!
> Article 52 ECHR examples (English) French
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 20 January 2011
> Venice province blacklists books and persons
> The Assessor for Culture of the province of Venice, a guy called Speranzon – a former activist of the MSI [the old neo-fascist party, active from 1946 to 1994] and now a member of Berlusconi’s party – approved a proposal from a party colleague and will order Venetian libraries to: 1) Remove from shelves all the books written by any author who signed a 2004 petition asking for Cesare Battisti’s release from jail; 2) Abstain from organizing events featuring such writers (they must be declared “undesirable persons”, he says). Any librarian who will not abide “will be held responsible” of his behavior.
> More information on Wu Ming website
> Wu Ming collective
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 07 January 2011
> (NL) CamWatch project looking for volunteers
> CamWatch is an interactive map that shows cctv in the Netherlands, but that could also be used in other countries and regions. Readers can add surveillance cameras and additional information and search the database. The aim is first to raise awareness on the proliferation of cctv in the Netherlands. But second, and more importantly, it is to build a reliable database with useful cctv information that we can mine for journalistic purposes.
> Website
 
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