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> meetings/conferences 18 October 2005
> SOCIAL RIGHTS IN EUROPE - A challenge to neo-liberalism
> Berlin 6 May 2006 (9:30 am - 6:00 pm)
> For more information see EALDH website
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> campaigns/open letters 18 October 2005
> Zum Entwurf einer Verfassung für die Europäische Union [On the draft European Constitution]
> The EALDH finds that the EU draft constitution favours military intervention over peaceful means, neo-liberalism over a social Europe, private interests over human rights and inadequate legal protection for migrants and refugees.
> Full-text
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> meetings/conferences 19 October 2005
> End impunity: Public meeting: Outlaw human rights abusers in the British Army
> Speakers include: Ken Livingstone, Mike Mansfield QC, Angela Hegarty and Phil Shiner. Supported by the Mayor of London, the Irish World and the Pat Finucane Centre
> London 5 September 2005
> LeafletPFC website
> Pat Finucane Centre
> campaigns/open letters 22 October 2005
> International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance (ICAMS)
> ICAMS was launched on April 20 2005 in London, Manila, Ottawa and Washington with the support of almost one hundred groups from around the world. The ICAMS report, "The Emergence Of A Global Infrastructure For Mass Registration And Surveillance", was published with the launch of the campaign.
> ICAMS websitethe ICAMS report
> meetings/conferences 01 November 2005
> II ENCONTRO EN DEFENSA DOS DIREITOS E AS LIBERDADES PÚBLICAS: O ACESO À INFORMACIÓN [2nd meeting in defence of civil rights and liberties: access to information]
> 2nd meeting in defence of civil rights and liberties, organised by Esculca, which will focus on public access to information in Spain, the EU and at an international level.
> Vigo, Spain 16-18 November 2005
> Conference programmeEsculca website
> Esculca
> publications/research 11 November 2005
> Laika
> A new German-language bi-monthly journal has been launched covering events in eastern Europe. The aim of the publication is not to merely to counter existing stereotypes of eastern Europeans in Germany but to discuss possibilities of political collaboration to formulate a cross-border left-wing politics that applies to eastern and western Europe whilst the label 'communism' has become either tainted with state authoritarianism or obsolete amongst most activist circles. Laika offers a space to discuss these questions.
> Germany 2005
> Full-text
> meetings/conferences 11 November 2005
> Sweatshops, workers and international solidarity: A conference for activists.
> No Sweat’s fifth annual gathering, with high-profile speakers, films, debate, and training sessions. Programme includes film and discussion on the Bolivian Gas and Water Wars and Argentina’s Occupied Factory movement. The conference will also look at Africa’s problems in the aftermath of the G8 summit and discussions on the sweatshop-produced clothes sold by the Arcadia group. Migrant work is discussed with the case of the Canary Wharf organising drive with a TGWU organiser.
> SOAS, University of London 26 November 2005 (12:00 - 6:00 pm)
> Book conference tickets online
> No Sweat Network
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Access to Information Programme
> Launched in 1996 by journalists, lawyers and academics working on human rights issues
> Bulgaria 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP
> Covers civil liberties and policing and is based at the Free University of Berlin, founded in 1975
> Germany 
> CILIP website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Esculca
> Observatory on civil rights and liberties based in Galicia
> Spain 
> Esculca website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> A democratic confederation of diverse national associations of democratic lawyers
> Europe 
> EALDH website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Humanistische Union
> Founded in 1961, Germany's oldest civil liberties organisation
> Germany 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
> Committee for fundamental rights and democracy, Germany
> Germany 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Pat Finucane Centre
> Working for human rights and social change in the North of Ireland
> Ireland (North) 
> PFC website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Radio Nizkor
> Europe's frst human rights radio station
> Spain 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Statewatch
> Monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe
> UK 
> Statewatch website
> publications/research 11 November 2005
> Balancing security and democracy. The politics of biometric identification in the EU
> European University Institute working paper
> October 2005
> Full-textEUI website
> Angela Liberatore
> meetings/conferences 19 November 2005
> Flucht - rechtspolitischer Kongress zu Migration und Asyl [Flight - legal conference on migration and asylum]
> This year's annual conference of the BAKJ is orgnaised by lawyers from Muenster and offers various workshops dealing with migration from various disciplines and viewpoints. Issues range from refugee campaigns for freedom of movement, capitalism & migration, foreigners in criminal law and EU asylum law.
> ESG, Muenster (Germany) 25 - 27 November 2005
> More information
> Bundesarbeitskreis kritischer Juragruppen (BAKJ)
> meetings/conferences 20 November 2005
> 22nd Chaos Communication Congress. 22C3: Private Investigations
> The 22nd Chaos Communication Congress (22C3) is a four-day conference on technology, society and utopia. The Congress offers lectures and workshops on a multitude of topics including (but not limited to) information technology, IT-security, internet, cryptography and generally a critical-creative attitude towards technology and the discussion about the effects of technological advances on society. The Congress has established itself as the "European Hacker Conference" bringing in people from all over Europe and even further away. It not only addresses the techno geek but also those who are interested in appliances and their effects on society. Lectures will be held predominantly in English, a few in German. The language used for each lecture is clearly marked in the conference program.
> BCC Berliner Congress Center, Berlin (Germany) 27 - 30 December 2005
> Chaos Computer ClubConference (Call for papers, contact, etc.)
> Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
> campaigns/open letters 21 November 2005
> Free expression groups protest attacks on journalists and human rights defenders
> Protest against Tunisia's hosting of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in the wake of attacks on journalists and human rights activists in Tunis in the past few days. The coalition has cancelled plans to hold a WSIS event, saying a series of incidents, including the stabbing of a French reporter, show how unfit Tunisia is to host a conference on freedom of expression and the Internet.
> IFEX TMG website
> IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group
> publications/research 21 November 2005
> The authoritarian within: Reflections on power, knowldge and resistance
> Phil Scraton, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Queen’s University, Belfast, 9 June 2005
> July 2005
> full-text
> Phil Scraton
> demonstrations 21 November 2005
> Don’t turn a blind eye to torture
> Torture is repugnant, abhorrent and immoral. The UK Government is seeking agreements to return people to countries known to use torture. Agreements have been signed with Jordan and Libya and are being sought with Algeria and other countries. They are not worth the paper they are written on. The law is clear. States must never torture people and must never send people to countries where they might be tortured. Assemble at 1pm Demonstration from 1.30-2.30pm, please wear black.
> London 27 November 2005
> Amnesty website
> Amnesty International
> publications/research 21 November 2005
> Iran: Krieg oder Frieden? [Iran: war or peace?]
> There are increasing fears that the tensions around the Iranian nuclear programme could escalate. In the current public sphere it is often claimed that only Iran is at fault. However, even if Iran does not stop its uranium enrichment programme, she violates "neither against the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, nor against the Paris Agreement with the EU".
> September 2005
> More information
> Grundrechtekomitee
> publications/research 21 November 2005
> Terror Australis: Security, Australia and the 'War on Terror' Discourse
> Since September 11, 2001 there has been an intense normalising practice in place with regard to Australian security. From changes in airport security procedures to the ASIO home raids that took place across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in October and November 2002, it is argued that there must be 'a further lowering of the risk tolerance threshold'. This essay critically assesses how social and political life in Australia has become reconceptualized to include the imminent possibilities of terrorism, the need for eternal vigilance and the acceptance that certain sacrifices need to be made to protect the greater community.
> November 2005
> Full-text
> Katrina Lee Koo, Borderlands Journal, Vol 4(1), 2005.
> campaigns/open letters 25 November 2005
> Serious attacks on human rights and the right to freedom of expression both inside and outside the World Summit on the Information Society. Open letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
> This week in Tunis, at the World Summit on the Information Society, both inside and outside the official Summit, we have witnessed serious attacks on human rights and the right to freedom of expression. These attacks have included harassment of delegates, assaults on Tunisian and international journalists and human rights defenders, denial of entry to the country, the blocking of websites, the censorship of documents and speeches, and the prevention and disruption of meetings.
> Full-textCommunications Rights in the Information Society (CRIS)
> International Federation for Human Rights
> campaigns/open letters 06 December 2005
> Europe’s debut ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ Award 2005
> There are now only seven days of online voting left to decide the winner of the "Worst EU Lobby" Award 2005. More than 8,000 votes have already been cast and the 'Campaign for Creativity' (front group for Microsoft and other software giants) has taken a solid lead, followed by Exxon-Mobile and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment, both lobbying to undermine EU climate legislation.
> website (vote now)Corporate Europe Observatory
> Corporate Europe Observatory in association with LobbyControl, Spinwatch and Friends of the Earth Europe
> campaigns/open letters 06 December 2005
> Open Letter to the European Parliament on Data Retention
> Tomorrow is the dealine for amendments to the European Parliament's report on the EU proposals for the mandatory data retention of all telehone and internet usage records by service providers. As drafted, the proposals and the EP's report mean that all traffic data would wil have to be kept for two years for law enforcement purposes. A coalition of civil society groups has written to MEPs urging them to reject proposals.
> Open letter
> Privacy International, EDRI and others
> meetings/conferences 15 December 2005
> European Studies: between Globalisation and Regionalism (Humanitarian and Social Aspects)
> Proposed topic areas for presentations: New European Centres and Peripheries: the Dynamics of Polycentricity in EU The Change of Mentalities against the Background of European Integration Processes Development of National Languages in the New EU: Facts and Prospects National Literatures of EU: Globalisation and Pop-Culture vs. Artistry and Identity Political Identity Crossroads: between the East-West Concept and North-South Orientation of the New Europe. Global Integration and Migration of the Work Force: New Technological and Cultural Collaboration Opportunities New Historical Identities of EU: the Imagined Community, Propaganda and Facts. The application forms are available on request from: esi@su.lt
> Siauliai, Lithuania 12-13 May, 2006
> UACES: Exchanging Ideas on Europe
> European Studies Institute , Siauliai University ,
> meetings/conferences 15 December 2005
> Order and Violence: Delimiting Control - CALL FOR PAPERS - British-Irish Section of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control - Easter Conference, Hull 2006
> The ‘war on terror’ and threats to civil liberties - State and anti-state terror; Privatization and ‘othering’ of state violence -- The politics of mass incarceration: Ideologies of violence and control; ‘Ironies of social control’: evoking ‘evil’; Acculturation to the ‘new realities’: contemporary ‘truth’ telling games; Conscientious objectors and civil disobedience; Ideologies and identities -- Violence and control in everyday life: ‘Gender’, ‘race’ and violence; Cultural criminology: a new approach or an under-theorised melting-pot?; Cultures of behavioural control in the UK: from the cradle to the grave. Please send abstracts to: a.ward@hull.ac.uk and/or abeckmann@lincoln.ac.uk
> Hull, UK 19-21 April 2006
> European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
> campaigns/open letters 15 December 2005
> Open letter to Mr. A. Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus Amendments to the Criminal Code /Serious infringements to freedom of association and expression
> On 8 December 2005, the Belarusian Criminal Code was amended. Human rights groups warn these amendments constitute violations of international and regional standards of freedom of expression and association. Civil liberties groups fear that human rights defenders be particularly targeted, since most independent human rights NGOs were forbidden during the past three years. The partitipation in "mass activities" is also criminalised and "people suspected of terrorism or vandalism may be detained for ten days before being charged".
> Open letter
> International Federation for Human Rights
> publications/research 18 December 2005
> EUMC Annual Report 2005
> The report looks at the evidence of discrimination in employment, housing and education, as well as racist crime data, and at measures being taken to combat this. The Roma emerge as the group most vulnerable to racism in the EU. They face discrimination in employment, housing and education - as well as being regular victims of racial violence. Other groups facing high levels of discrimination in many Member States are migrant workers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Muslim groups face particularly challenging conditions in many Member States. Also recent migrants from Russia or the Ukraine may be subject to discrimination in some Member States.
> November 2005
> full text
> The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)
> links to ECLN groups 19 December 2005
> Privacy International
> PI is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations
> December 2005
> PI website
> demonstrations 19 December 2005
> Do we live in a country where they arrest people for singing Christmas carols?
> A public carol service will take place opposite the Houses of Parliament in the middle of the anti-demonstration 'exclusion zone' at 6p.m. The carol singers are coming together to celebrate the season in defiance of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act which bans unauthorised demonstrations in the Designated Area which stretches up to 1km around Parliament. At least 21 people have already been arrested under Section 132 of SOCPA since August 2005. This inclusive service will contain both Christian and secular verse, and is expected to last no more than an hour. Candles and song sheets will be made available, with donations going to Medical Aid for Iraqi Children.
> London, UK 21 December 2005
> Bloggerheads.comParliament protest websiteBBC: "Activist convicted under demo law"
> bloggerheads.com
> publications/research 21 December 2005
> Mujeres, Integración y Prisión
> Research project carried out by partner organisations in Spain, Italy, England and Wales, Germany, France and Hungary. Country reports, comparative analysis and policy recommendations concerning the situation of women in prison and integration. Available from marta@surt.org .
> Barcelona June 2005
> Book presentation eventSURT Asociació de Dones per a la Reinserció Laboral
> SURT - Marta Cruells & Noelia Igareda
> campaigns/open letters 29 December 2005
> Refugee threatened with imprisonment for resisting travel restrictions in Germany
> The German self-organised refugee group The Voice and the Göttinger Arbeitskreis zur Unterstützung von Asylsuchenden e.V. is asking support for the campaign to stop the imprisonment of Cornelius Yufanyi for fighting for his right to free movement.
> FAX Campaign for Cornelius Yufanyi !!!Press releaseThe Voice e.V.
> The Voice Refugee Forum e.V.
> demonstrations 03 January 2006
> Justice for the British Residents in Guantanamo Bay - Bring them home - Support the Hunger Strikers - Shut down all illegal US jails
> Assemble 12 noon, Tothill Street, London (nearest tube St James Park). March via Downing Street to the American Embassy in Grovesnor Square.
> London, UK 21 January 2006
> Save Omar website
> The Save Omar Deghayes campaign, The Birmingham Guantanamo Campaign, The Manchester Guantanamo and Belmarsh Campaign
> publications/research 04 January 2006
> Fronteras y derechos humanos (Borders and human rights)
> A collection of essays and declarations by ONGs concerning the death of migrants in border areas and immigration policies.
> Andalucía (Spain) December 2005
> Fronteras y derechos humanosAsociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> publications/research 04 January 2006
> Art, Truth & Politics
> Nobel lecture
> December 2005
> Lectureharoldpinter.org
> Harold Pinter
> meetings/conferences 05 January 2006
> Lecce - Immigrazione e CPT, storia di diritti dimenticati
> A play, debate and film screening concerning the situation of migrants in Italy, with special emphasis on Italian legislation, detention centres and the tragedies at sea.
> Lecce (Italy) 11 January 2006
> Lecce - immigrazione e CPTProgetto Melting PotMare nostrum, film by S. Mencherini
> Associazione Bilblioteca di Sarajevo
> campaigns/open letters 05 January 2006
> ACLU Calls for Investigation Into President’s Illegal Surveillance of U.S. Citizens
> The ACLU is running a series of adverts as part of its call for a special counsel to be appointed to determine whether President Bush violated federal wiretapping laws by authorizing illegal surveillance. The two that have run already compare George W. Bush to Richard M. Nixon.
> ACLU adverts
> American Civil Liberties Union
> publications/research 09 January 2006
> Damning documentary evidence unveiled. Dissident bloggers in coordinated exposé of UK government lies over torture.
> "With Tony Blair and Jack Straw cornered on extraordinary rendition, the UK government is particularly anxious to suppress all evidence of our complicity in obtaining intelligence extracted by foreign torturers. The Foreign Office is now seeking to block publication of Craig Murray's forthcoming book, which documents his time as Ambassador to Uzbekistan. The Foreign Office has demanded that Craig Murray remove all references to two especially damning British government documents, indicating that our government was knowingly receiving information extracted by the Uzbeks through torture, and return every copy that he has in his possession. Craig Murray is refusing to do this. Instead, the documents have been published on blogs all around the world.
> 29 December 2005
> Murray documentscraigmurray.org.uk
> Craig Murray
> meetings/conferences 13 January 2006
> Jornadas sobre la prevención de la tortura, la implantación del protocolo facultativo contra la tortura Y LAS RECOMENDACIONES DEL RELATOR DE LA ONU
> Initiative against torture, with workshops on incommunicado detention, the role of the courts, media and civil society, and mechanisms to combat torture, in the framework of an ongoing campaign for the implementation of the optional protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture
> Barcelona (Spain) 3-4 February 2006
> Jornadas sobre la prevención de la torturaCoordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> publications/research 23 January 2006
> Human Rights Watch World Report 2006
> The Human Rights Watch World Report 2006 contains information on human rights developments in more than 60 countries in 2005.
> January 2006
> HRW World Report 2006
> Human Rights Watch
> publications/research 23 January 2006
> “War on Terror”
> Amnesty International Annual Lecture Hosted by Trinity College
> 18 January 2006
> Amnesty International IrelandFull-text (pdf)Audio (Newstalk 106)
> Professor Noam Chomsky
> meetings/conferences 23 January 2006
> Bloody Sunday Programme 2006
> 34 years after the day internationally regarded as the watershed in the militarisation of the conflict in the North of Ireland, the verdict of the second British inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday is imminent. The programme of events includes debates, reflection and memorial - culminating in the annual Bloody Sunday commemorative march on 29 January.
> Derry, Ireland (North) 18-29 January 2006
> Programme (pdf)
> Bloody Sunday Centre
> meetings/conferences 23 January 2006
> Will it Work? An Open Debate on Wallström’s White Paper on Information and European Democracy
> The White paper has been long awaited and this will be the first opportunity to examine its contents at the start of the consultation process. Margot Wallström will both present the White Paper and after brief reactions from the panel, answer questions from the participants. Participation is free, but by registration only.
> Brussels, Belgium 1 February 2006
> Programmeregister
> ECAS, EurActiv, Friends of Europe and Journalists @ Your Service
> publications/research 23 January 2006
> People's Actions for Human Security in Asia and Europe
> The ASEM People's Forum 5 was held in Hanoi from September 6-9, 2004 under the general theme "People's Actions for Human Security in Asia and Europe". This book is composed of different sections from the Forum: speeches at the Opening and Closing sessions; reports and presentations at the conferences and workshops; presentation at the "Meeting Vietnam Forum", the Final Statement of the Forum and feedback on the Forum
> January 2006
> Online bookTNI: alternative regionalisms
> Asem People's Forum 5 / Transnational Institute (TNI)
> meetings/conferences 23 January 2006
> Crime and punishment in a market society: how just is the criminal justice system?
> In her speech Vivien Stern will argue that "Criminal punishment has penetrated deeply into social policy and is being used disproportionately against the poor. With the entry of the free market into the delivery of punishment the possibilities for expanding the control of people seen as risky is limitless. This will not produce the safer society we all seek." [1-2pm, free of charge, no need to register in advance. Please arrive early]
> Somerset House, London 9 February 2006
> BIHR lunchtime lectures
> Vivien Stern, British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
> links to ECLN groups 23 January 2006
> Association européenne pour la défense des droits de l'homme (AEDH)
> European Association for the protection of Human Rights (EAHR)
> Belgium January 2006
> AEDH website
> campaigns/open letters 23 January 2006
> Fermiamo lo stralcio Giovanardi!
> Urgent appeal to oppose the Italian government's attempt to pass a new law on drugs that threatens to criminalise and introduce heavy sanctions for all drug users. The appeal is open for signature at: cartellodipendenze@cnca.it
> Fermiamo lo stralcio Giovanardi!FuoriluogoDroghe, arriva la legge, fermiamo il ministro (F. Corleone)
> Fuoriluogo
> publications/research 04 February 2006
> McLibel - On 35mm in Selected Cinemas Now!
> McLibel is the real life story of the postman and gardener who defended themselves against the mighty McDonald's in England's longest-ever libel court case. Filmed over ten years by no-budget director Franny Armstrong, and featuring courtroom scenes directed by Ken Loach. But when they sued Helen Steel and Dave Morris for handing out leaflets outside their restaurants, McDonald's found themselves desperately trying to control one of the biggest corporate PR disasters in history. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. The result took everyone by surprise - including the British Government. McLibel is not just about hamburgers. It is about the importance of freedom of speech.
> Odeon Wardour Street, London from 17th February 2006
> Mcspotlight.orgThe McLibel trialThe McLibel film
> McLibel campaign, Spanner films
> campaigns/open letters 04 February 2006
> NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No.38
> The bill will next get a third and final reading in the Lords on the 6th of February. After that the bill will return to the House of Commons where MPs will vote to accept or reject the Lords’ amendments. The government only won the last vote on the bill in the Commons by 31 votes. There were 19 MPs from opposition parties that did not vote during that last vote. Acceptance of peers’ amendments looks achievable in light of the government’s defeat this week, when MPs voted to accept Lords’ amendments to the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.
> NewsletterNO2ID website
> NO2ID campaign
> meetings/conferences 06 February 2006
> Jornadas de Madrid sobre las recomenaciones del Relator de la ONU
> Meeting organised in the context of the campaign for the ratification and adoption of the optional protocol to the UN Convention on Torture in Spain and Portugal, with the former UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Theo van Boven
> Madrid 8 February 2006
> Jornadas de Madrid sobre las recomenaciones del Relator de la ONUCoordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> campaigns/open letters 17 February 2006
> Approvato in gran segreto il recepimento della direttiva 2004/48. Ennesimo ampliamento dei poteri delle major dell’audiovisivo.
> The Italian government approved a decree transposing Directive 2000/48/CE on intellectual property rights into Italian law "in great secret", using an "urgent procedure" at a time when the legislative chambers have broken up for elections. ALCEI notes that the decree targets ISPs "putting them in the position of having to sacrifice their users to avoid receiving heavy compensation claims" as "intermediaries", among other concerns such as the burden of proof to be employed.
> Statement criticising the secret approval of the decreeText of Directive 2000/48/CE (it)Decree transposing Directive 2000/48/CE (it)ALCEI - Electronic Frontiers italy
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2006
> Turning the tables on the state - achieving human and social rights in the 21st century
> Chair: Corinna Lotz, secretary AWTW; Speakers: Bill Bowring, Professor of Human Rights & International Law, London Metropolitan University; John McDonnell MP, chair of the Campaign Group of Socialist MPs; Saleh Mamon, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities; Glenn Rikowski, School of Education, Northampton University; Paul Feldman, co-author of A World to Win; Plus speaker from NO2ID
> Diorama Arts Centre D2, Regents Place, London NW1 11 March 2006
> Registration
> A World to Win sponsored conference
> publications/research 01 March 2006
> Human rights: a broken promise
> Since 11 September 2001, the UK authorities have passed a series of new laws, even though the UK already had some of the toughest “anti-terrorism” laws in Europe. These laws contain sweeping provisions that contravene human rights law, and their implementation has led to serious abuses of human rights.
> 23 February 2006
> AI report
> Amnesty International
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2006
> Is it time to repeal the antiterrorism laws?
> Speakers: Michael Mansfield QC from Tooks Chambers and Gareth Pierce from Birnberg Pierce Solicitors, Solicitor for Moazzam Begg
> Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2 9th March 2006
> Flyer
> Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers in association with Tooks Chambers
> demonstrations 10 March 2006
> International Demos and Protests Against the Invasion of Iraq
> On March 20 2003, George Bush, Tony Blair and Jose Marie Aznar launched the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Three years later the occupation is a blight on the conscience of the world. All over the globe plans are being made for protests in March 2006 to mark the anniversary of the start of the war and to call for its rapid end. Demonstrations have been organised in more than 40 European cities.
> Europe-wide 18-20 March 2006
> www.march-in-march.org - International Anti-War Mobilisation
> Stop the war
> demonstrations 10 March 2006
> Melbourne 2006 - XVIII Stolenwealth Games - Divided by history
> The 2006 Commonwealth Games is an opportunity for Australia to showcase its success and wealth to the rest of the former British Empire... The Stolenwealth Games Convergence is planned as an organic meeting of autonomous individuals organising amongst themselves. Most protests and events will be planned by consensus of opinion at the camp.
> Melbourne, Australia 11-26 March 2006
> Stolenwealth Games website
> Stolenwealth Games Convergence
> meetings/conferences 10 March 2006
> Crime, Justice and Surveillance
> In the UK the last decade has seen an unprecedented deployment of surveillance technologies and practices in the name of crime control. Drug testing, electronic monitoring, intelligence led policing initiatives, DNA testing and video monitoring have all expanded rapidly. These developments are not unique to the UK, and this conference seeks to explore the British experience in the context of developments in Europe and beyond and to consider the social, political and legal issues that arise from the expansion of surveillance. The conference is inter-disciplinary with contributions from sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, criminologists, socio-legal scholars, historians, and social scientists researching surveillance practices and technologies.
> Sheffield, UK 5-6 April 2006
> Conference flyerSurveillance-and-society.org
> Sheffield Centre for Criminological Research & Surveillance and society
> publications/research 10 March 2006
> Extraordinary Rendition
> New Issue (No.89) of The Spokesman - contents: Art, Truth and Politics (Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize Lecture); Precedents for Torture (Naomi Klein); Rendition is Abduction (Johan Steyn interviewed by Jon Snow); "US does not Condone" (Condeleezza Rice, Andrew Tyrie MP), Extraordinary Rendition (Ken Coates); Who Fooled America? (Lawrence Wilkerson); American Prisoners in Europe (Human Rights, Watch Council of Europe); Plus Case Studies: Maher Arar's story and others
> 2006
> Editorial and full contents
> The Spokesman
> publications/research 20 March 2006
> A new European Century: the dangers of a military EU and those who resist
> Contents: "Bayonets bared for Europe’s military future", Enzo Mangini; "A Europe of peace is possible", Hilary Wainwright, "Strong roots for a better future", Kate Hudson; "Plane Thinking" (on the multi-billion dollar Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)), Gemma Galdon and Wilbert van der Zeijden; "Women in black", Cynthia Cockburn.
> 2006
> Eurotopia issue 2Spanish versionEurotopia website
> Eurotopia, Issue 2
> campaigns/open letters 05 April 2006
> FoI advocates letter to Council of Europe Steering Committee on Human Rights on access to documents
> In the first week of April, 2006, the Council of Europe's Steering Committee on Human Rights will review the interim report of the expert Working Group on Access to Official Documents (DH-S-AC) and, it is hoped, approve the next phase of drafting the treaty. The Working Group is recommending a treaty based strongly on the Recommendation 2002 with mention of the fact that this is a right and with a limited list of exemptions. More than thirty FOIAdvocates members and activists have submitted a letter of support to the Council of Europe.
> Full-text of the letterAccess Info EuropeFOIAnet news
> Access Info Europe
> campaigns/open letters 18 April 2006
> European Civil Liberties Network call for civil liberties and democratic standards
> You are invited to show your support for the work of the ECLN and the defence of civil liberties and democratic standards in Europe. To register your support, simply enter your details below. We'll then send a confirmation e-mail to verify your details. Once you've confirmed your details, we'll then add you to our list of supporters (your e-mail address will not be displayed).
> Add your support
> European Civil Liberties Network
> meetings/conferences 18 April 2006
> Torture & ‘Security’ Agencies in the ‘War on Terror’
> Recent revelations and allegations about extra-ordinary rendition suggest complicity by European governments in ‘torture flights’. Such involvement has precedents in British and American foreign policy, dating back to their involvement in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. Today the problem goes far beyond torture flights: ‘security’ agencies in Europe have a broader complicity in global torture through cooperation with repressive regimes, e.g. by exchanging information on dissidents, deporting them to torture, using the consequent ‘information’ to intern or prosecute individuals in Europe, etc. In some cases these agencies are targeting movements which were previously encouraged as means to counter Left or nationalist politics, before the ‘blow-back’ led to violent attacks in Europe.
> Garden Court Chambers, london 22 April 2006
> Invitation
> Human Rights & Social Justice Research Institute & others
> campaigns/open letters 20 April 2006
> NGOs' concerns over the proposed EU Fundamental Rights Agency
> Joint letter commenting on the restricted approach to EU human rights policy reflected in the Commission proposal for a Fundamental Rights Agency. Giving the Agency a remit that largely excludes human rights compliance by Member States will effectively bar it from addressing the reality of the state of human rights within the EU's own borders.
> Joint letter
> The Social Platform, Amnesty International EU Office, Human Rights and Democracy Network, CONCORD
> campaigns/open letters 21 April 2006
> Renew for freedom
> A broad coalition of opponents to the ID card in the UK is encouraging people to renew their passport in May 2006 to avoid avoid fingerprinting and the ID card.
> Renew for freedom websiteHow to do it - factsheet
> NO2ID + supporting groups
> publications/research 25 April 2006
> Arming Big Brother The EU’s Security Research Programme
> The European Union is preparing to spend up to €1 billion per year on new ‘research’ into surveillance and control technologies, according to Arming Big Brother, a new report by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Statewatch. “Arms industry lobbying is leading to the creation of a powerful new internal security-industrial complex,” says Ben Hayes, author of the report. Arming Big Brother lifts the lid on the secretive committees and arms industry lobbying that led to the creation of the European Security Research Programme (ESRP).
> April 2006
> Press releaseFull-text of report
> Statewatch & Transnational Institute
> campaigns/open letters 02 May 2006
> New website launched to monitor Asian governments' candidacy to the new Human Rights Council
> The website and campaign will monitor and assess the Asian candidates' suitability as potential members of the Human Rights Council. The website currently provides information on eleven Asian candidate countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand (South East Asia), Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (South Asia), China, Japan and South Korea (North East Asia).
> Asian campaign on the HRC
> Forum Asia
> meetings/conferences 08 May 2006
> 'Kick Control' The world championship: an obsession with 'security' (Die Fußball-WM als Einfallstor für Abschottung, Ausgrenzung und nationalen Sicherheitswahn)
> The conference will inform on the planned security measures for the world championship in Germany and whom the 'preventative measures' will target. Discussions will also focus on link between security measures and urban regeneration in Berlin, and between growing social insecurity resulting from the breakdown of the welfare state and its relationship to an increase in the 'internal security' discourse.
> Berlin 10 May 2006
> Grundrechtekomitee press release (DE)Conference flyer
> Grundrechtekomitee
> campaigns/open letters 15 May 2006
> Civil liberties monitoring project for the world-championship
> The Cologne-based Grundrechtekomitee has initiated a monitoring project for infringement of basic rights and civil liberties at the world championship, and is asking citizens and football fans to pass on their relevant experiences, to be compiled in a report. You can mail info@grundrechtekomitee.de, if you know of demonstrations being banned with the reasoning they represent a security risk for the championship, or know of control and police measures implemented in public spaces, if you see soldiers taking on police functions, or if you have been affected by repressive measures yourself, as a football fan, for example.
> Komitee für Grundrechte und DemokratieBackground article (in German)
> campaigns/open letters 19 May 2006
> Torture is un-American
> Petition to Condoleezza Rice: "Torture. Government kidnapping. Indefinite detention... These are not ideas we associate with the United States of America. They do not represent who we are as Americans. By promoting and condoning these practices in our military and intelligence forces, your administration has broken faith with the American values of freedom and fairness..."
> ACLU petition
> publications/research 19 May 2006
> Statewatch observatory on "rendition"
> The Observatory includes extensive documentation with the full-text of 173 documents submitted so far to the ongoing European Parliament inquiry (TDIP) into these matters - many of them published for the first time. Among the documents are detailed submissions on the inquiries in Italy (the Milan abduction), Spain (rendition flights), Canada (the Meher Arar public inquiry) and Ireland (the use of Shannon airport) as well as submissions from 26 national parliaments in Europe. Also included are reports issued by the European Parliament, Council of Europe and NGOs.
> May 2006
> Statewatch observatory
> Statewatch
> publications/research 20 May 2006
> FoeBuD Newsletter
> The "Association for the Promotion of Public Data Traffic" publishes and organises events on freedom of information and computer technology. Their site contains a wealth of useful information on new control techologies and legislation, such as RFID chips, CCTV surveillance and general data protection and civil liberties issues. The April newsletter informs about their anti-RFID campaign, the world cup, CCTV surveillance at universities, amongst others.
> April 2006
> Newsletter archiveFoeBuD
> Verein zur Förderung des öffentlichen bewegten und unbewegten Datenverkehrs e.V.
> campaigns/open letters 20 May 2006
> International Conference THE FRONTIERS OF EUROPE - Absence of Law
> 20-21 October 2006, Barcelona
> EALDHEuropean Democratic lawyers (EDA)
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> publications/research 20 May 2006
> www.eulobbytours.org
> In addition to CEOs regular walking tours in Brussels, this EU lobbying watchdog has now launched a new website featuring a virtual tour of the EU quarter. During the cyber-tour (including video, 3-D animated images and short texts), you will be introduced to the headquarters of lobby groups, think tanks, individual corporations, PR companies, law firms and other key players in EU corporate politics, all located conveniently close to the corridors of power. While you click your way through the EU quarter, you will be introduced to concrete examples of deceptive lobbying, privileged political access and other problematic practices that undermine the democratic process.
> 2006
> Click here to start your cybertour through the Brussels EU quarterCEO
> Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
> campaigns/open letters 20 May 2006
> IADL, in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC], at the meeting of its Bureau at Havana on April 11 and 12, 2006 expressed serious concern on the threats of aggression against Iran and resolved to oppose any attempt or threat to use military force against Iran to settle what is being called as " the Iranian nuclear crises ". IADL condemns the threats of military aggression against Iran expressed by members of the Bush administration.
> IADLResolution
> International Association Democratic Lawyers
> meetings/conferences 21 May 2006
> Dutch Social Forum
> Following the World Social Forum and the European Social Forum, the Dutch Social Forum is an open meeting place for the exchange of ideas, the creation and the strengthening of networks and a breeding ground for action. The DSF aims to unite as many people as possible who want to work on a different world, and a different Holland.
> Nijmegen. 21/05/2006
> DSF website
> publications/research 21 May 2006
> Made by Women. Gender, the Global Garment Industry and the Movement for Women Workers' Rights
> This 128-page publication published by the CCC International Secretariat includes feature articles on important themes relating to gender and labour rights and 17 profiles of women involved in different ways in the movement for garment workers' rights.
> Amsterdam 01/12/2005
> SummaryDownload the reportCCC
> Clean Clothes Campaign
> publications/research 21 May 2006
> WM 2006: Die Welt ueberwacht von Freunden. (World Cup 2006: the world put under surveillance by friends)
> This excellent edition of the German language journal published by the the police and civil liberties watchdog Buergerrecht & Polizei/CILIP, focuses on security measures and police cooperation implemented prior to, during and after the world cup. Contains overview and analysis of police powers and surveillance methods and critical football fans report on the repression they face, amongst others. Non-theme articles include an analysis of the current trials taking place in Genoa, dealing with the 2001 summit violence, and how Morocco is taking on the role of a police assistant in Ceuta and Melilla.
> Berlin 01/04/2006
> CILIPOrder detailsEnglish summaries
> publications/research 22 May 2006
> Russian Federation: Racism and xenophobia rife in Russian society
> Racially-motivated killings, beatings and discrimination are on the increase in the Russian Federation, according to a new report. AI's latest report examines cases of assaults, some of them fatal, against foreign students, asylum-seekers and refugees from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America; members of ethnic groups and migrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia; as well as members of the Jewish community and Roma. It reveals the failure of the authorities to prevent racially-motivated attacks through adequate policing, and to investigate and prosecute the vast majority of such attacks effectively.
> 04/05/2006
> Press ReleaseAI
> Amnesty International
> meetings/conferences 31 May 2006
> The uses and abuses of intelligence in the global war on terror
> Speaker: David Rose (investigative journalist and author of Guantanamo: America¹s War on Human Rights). Chair: Frances Webber (Immigration barrister, Garden Court Chambers). The seminar will be a discussion ­ not a debate ­ aimed at facilitating a genuine exchange of views and ideas between speakers and participants.
> London 1pm, Monday 5 June
> Institute of Race Relations events
> IRR lunchtime seminars
> meetings/conferences 31 May 2006
> Illiberal practices of liberal regimes?
> Organised in the scope of the Challenge Framework Programme, this conference will be the occasion, for the 23 European partners of the program, to present the state of their research. It will put together, within 8 different but complementary workshops, participants coming from different spheres (scholars, NGOs members, high level members of national as well as European institutions, security practitioners...). The conference aims at highlighting, from a transdisciplinary perspective, the contemporary transformation of the modern state so as to as the question of the illiberal practices of liberal regimes.
> Paris Friday 9, June 2006
> Conference programme
> Challenge Annual Conference
> campaigns/open letters 31 May 2006
> No place for a Child - Stop Detaining Children Now
> The UK government currently detains more than 2,000 children, including babies, in immigration detention centres every year. That's equivalent to the number of pupils at a large inner-city secondary school. These children have not committed any crime but are held behind locked doors and high barbed wire fences. Five years ago it was rare for families and children to be detained for immigration purposes. Now, members of the No Place for a Child coalition have documented detentions lasting anything from 7 to 268 days. Detaining these children is wrong - regardless of the merits of a family’s asylum case. Push the Home Secretary to stop detaining children now and to trial better alternatives.
> Campaign website
> No Place for a Child coalition
> meetings/conferences 31 May 2006
> Sixth Asia Europe People's Forum
> The AEPF is a forum for NGOs and civil society groups that are non-state and non-corporate. It aims to bring the voice of the civil society in the official Asia Europe Summit, ASEM, and to create alternatives to its neoliberalistic agenda. The Conference Plenaries and workshops are organised around three main focus areas: 'Peace and Security', 'Economic Security and Social Rights' and 'Democratisation and Human Rights'.
> Helsinki, Finland 3-6 September 2006
> AEPF website
> campaigns/open letters 01 June 2006
> Uni(e)s contre l'immigration jetable
> A campaign by several French civil society groups to oppose the new draft law on immigration, which would seriously undermine the rights of migrants in France, if approved. "Talent" and usefulness for the economy will become key criteria for legal entry, and the position of migrant workers will be weakened by establishing a strong link between residence permits and employment, thus leaving them at their employers' mercy.
> Uni(e)s contre l’immigration jettablePetition (sign here)Against disposable migration (petition in English)Draft law on immigration (full-text)Legal analysis by the Ligue des Droits de l'Homme
> Uni(e)s contre l'immigration jetable
> publications/research 01 June 2006
> Informe sobre tortura en el Estado español 2005
> Annual report concerning instances of torture or abuses perpetrated by police, security or prison officers published by a coalition of 41 organisations campaigning for the erradication of torture. It documents 288 cases involving 598 complainants from all over Spain.
> Sevilla May 2006
> Informe sobre tortura en el Estado español 2005Coordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> campaigns/open letters 03 June 2006
> National Guantanamo Coalition Website
> A new website to campaign for the end of detention without trial and the closure of Guantanamo Bay has been created by the Birmingham Guantanamo Campaign, Justice for Omar Deghayes Campaign (Brighton), London Guantanamo Campaign and the Manchester Guantanamo & Belmarsh Campaign.
> Campaign website
> various UK campaigns
> demonstrations 08 June 2006
> Emergency Demonstration: Breaking the Spider¹s Web - End torture flights; Properly investigate the allegations
> Liberty is demanding an independent inquiry into UK assistance with CIA "torture flights" in light of the damning Council of Europe report released on the 7th June. The report concludes that CIA flights carrying terror suspects likely to face torture have been given access to UK airspace and airports. It states that there is a "spider's web" of rendition flights spun across the globe by the CIA. Since November 2005, Liberty has warned the Government that the UK will breach domestic and international law if CIA ³extraordinary rendition flights have been allowed to land and re-fuel in Britain. In response to the new findings, Liberty and Reprieve are holding an emergency demonstration to demand an end to torture flights on 25 June, the eve of the United Nations Day Against Torture. Please wear black...
> United States Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, W1 Sunday 25th June, 12 noon
> Liberty: renditionCoE reportCoE ''spider’s web'' map
> Liberty
> meetings/conferences 12 June 2006
> Ciências de Segurança - medos e necessidades
> Seminar on security that will seek to establish an interdisciplinary approach for the analysis of security policies and their relationship with fundamental rights, war and violence, with a special emphasis on risk assessment theories, the use of technologies, social rights and taboo issues such as domestic violence or violence by public bodies.
> Lisboa (Portugal) 22 June 2006
> Ciências de Segurança - medos e necessidades Programme of the interdisciplinary seminar Associação contra a Exclusão pelo Desenvolvimento
> Associação contra a Exclusão pelo Desenvolvimento
> meetings/conferences 29 June 2006
> Racism, Liberty and the War on Terror
> How should we respond to the attacks on our civil rights, refugee rights and our multicultural society - carried out in the name of national security? Join leading campaigners, lawyers and thinkers in debating how we can defend our liberties and our communities... Panel discussions: The impact of anti-terror powers in the UK; The attack on multiculturalism; Detention and incarceration; Combating racial violence; Civil liberties: the racial dimension; Liberty and the global war on terror; Campaigning against deportations; Defending international conventions
> Conway Hall, Central London 16 September 2006
> Programme and booking information
> Institute of Race Relations
> campaigns/open letters 02 July 2006
> Call to abolish secret service after renewed civil liberties scandal
> This open letter by three main German civil liberties organisations (see below) renews the long-standing civil society demand to abolish the German secret service (Verfassungsschutz) on grounds of its inherent unconstitutionality. This recent campaign is triggered by yet again another scandal uncovering illegal spying operations by the German service against socially active individuals, this time targeting university professor Peter Grottian, active in the Berlin social forum and victim of surveillance for the last three years. This press release provides background information on the spying scandal and the undemocratic and unconstitutional working methods of the regional secret service of Berlin, and calls for the abolition of all regional and the national secret services, which have no legitimacy in a democracy.
> Press releaseKomitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie e.V.Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein e.V.Humanistische Union
> German civil liberties coalition
> campaigns/open letters 03 July 2006
> Rabat manifesto
> Statement by a conference of European and African NGOs that met in Rabat on 30 June - 1 July with a view to the Euro-African ministerial conference on migration and development, scheduled for mid-July. A number of claims that oppose current EU policies on migration (externalisation, readmission agreements, criminalisation of illegal entry) are put forth, and some concerns from African countries are raised, including the need for a principle of equality in negotiations, for the cancellation of debt and for the suppression of prior requirements imposed on African states during negotiations (most notably, to combat migration).
> Appeal and programmeRabat Manifesto (in French)
> European and African NGOs
> campaigns/open letters 03 July 2006
> Rivas Declaration
> The 2nd World Social Forum, at which over 1,000 organisations from 84 countries were represented, was held in Madrid from 24 to 26 June 2006. The final statement highlights the need for universal citizenship and for migration policies to fall within the human rights framework. It links migration trends to the economic, social and cultural dynamics of globalisation, "which does not allow human and sustainable development", criticising the treatment of migrants as a "mere labour force", and stressing that thousands die of migration.
> II Forum Mundial de las MigracionesComisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR)
> Forum Social Mundial de las Migraciones
> campaigns/open letters 03 July 2006
> Comunicado ante la reciente detención de 60 personas en Barcelona
> A statement issued to condemn the arrest of over 50 activists involved in the 2nd Caravan for Freedom of Movement who occupied the site of the new detention centre (set to be the largest in Spain) that is being built in Barcelona. It highlights the illegality of the arrests, the violent treatment the activists suffered and criticises attempts by the police to undermine the activists by linking them to terrorism (or to the support of terrorism).
> Statement criticising the detentionsLetter from 4 arrested activists (in Italian)Coordinadora para la prevención de la torturaMelting Pot Project
> Coordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> campaigns/open letters 20 July 2006
> Cinque anni dopo, genova non è finita
> Five years on from the violent repression of the demonstration in Genova, the most important trials are still ongoing. Supporto Legale, which has been working on these cases, and subsequent trials against activists (such as the one of the Rete del Sud Ribelle), stresses that "it is our history that is on trial", and that there is a need to examine the current repressive trends carefully.
> Cinque anni dopo, Genova non è finitaSupporto Legale
> Supporto Legale
> publications/research 28 July 2006
> Human Rights Impact Resource Centre
> The purpose of the HRIRC is to disseminate and share information on theories, methods and the experiences of Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) among all interested individuals and organisations.
> July 2006
> Humanist Committee on Human Rights
> publications/research 28 July 2006
> Human Rights Tools e-library
> Human Rights Tools E-Library: Direct links to 300+ carefully selected resources. Covers: Investigating Country Conditions; 2. Monitoring - Documentation - Advocacy; 3. Using the Law; 4. Specific Issues and Population Groups; 5. Tech for Human Rights; 6 Humanitarian protection; 7 Planning and fundraising 8. Your career.
> July 2006
> Human Rights Tools website
> Human Rights Tools
> publications/research 12 August 2006
> Dossier I: Der Iran Konflikt
> The German Peace Network 'Kooperation für den Frieden' is monitoring political developments around the Iran conflict around nuclear enrichment and informs about the actual background to the developments. It reports that Iran is acting within its international obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, gives a geographical overview of US military bases in the Middle East, puts the current danger of war into historical context of occupations of Iran and its current context of other conflicts and clashes of interest in the region. This information leaflet is intended to form the basis for an informed campaign against the danger of war on Iran.
> April 2006
> Home page and background informationDownload brochure (German)
> Kooperation für den Frieden
> publications/research 12 August 2006
> Die alternativen der Friedensbewegung zum militärischen Konfliktaustrag [The alternatives of the peace movement to military conflict management]
> The German Peace Network Kooperation für den Frieden, which is also monitoring political developments around the Iran conflict around nuclear enrichment, has initiated a Monitoring Project in January 2005 entitled Civil Conflict Resolution - Violence and War Prevention, by which it informs civil society about alternatives to violent conflict management and is trying to work towards a broadly based (international) peace moment that offers real solutions to international conflicts and does away with the myth of humanitarian interventions.
> March 2006
> Home page & background informationDownload brochure (German)
> Kooperation für den Frieden
> publications/research 12 August 2006
> Informationen
> This monthly newsletter of the German civil liberties organisation includes a survey of the world cup and the infringement of civil rights it brought about: excessive data collection, systematic surveillance, preventative arrests, repressive police tactics and the planned increase of law enforcement powers are highlighted.
> July 2006
> Download newsletterHome page
> Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
> publications/research 12 August 2006
> Hinterland
> The Bavarian Refugee Council newsletter has changed its name and strategy: the editorial of the first issue of the relaunched journal promises to "cover various themes - in an anti-cyclical manner - that are currently put on the back shelf in Germany for all the self-pitying naval gazing exercises and loud immigration and security talk. Flight and migration are definitely "out" at the moment. This critical three-monthly journal intends to counterbalance this tendency." The first two issues have certainly lived up to the expectations and its promise to go beyond "single-issue" politics. Personal stories of refugees, their deportation and their struggles against racism and social and economic destitution in Germany are accompanied by well-researched and informative articles on an array of themes related to flight and migration: a summary on Mike Davis' book on slums in today's global mega cities (Verso, 2006) reports about increasing urbanisation, impoverishment and polarisation of wealth. Other articles report on the situation in northern Senegal, country of origin of many African refugees who reached mass media attention in Europe (and quickly lost it again) when trying to reach the Canary islands, as well as police violence in Mexico and sexual torture in its prisons (issue 1/2006). The launch issue focuses on the family Avdija from Kosovo, who under the Dublin II regulation was deported to Slovenia on 1 July. All six family members are interviewed, their case history is presented and the bureaucratic insanity of the German deportation state and foul methods used by its authorities (lying about the deportation date, refusing to communicate with the family about the course of events, using violence during deportation) are uncovered (issue 0/2006).
> January-March 2006
> Bavarian Refugee Council Home pageHinterland Journal Home page
> Bavarian Refugee Council
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2006
> Appeal to the European Governments and the European Union - Don't tolerate Aggression, War Crimes and Human Rights Violations in Lebanon, Palestine and Israel
> urges European governments and the EU to take steps to end the bloodshed in the Middle East
> EALDH appeal
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights
> publications/research 24 August 2006
> From facts to action: Report on the attacks against Filipino lawyers and judges
> An independent delegation of two judges and six lawyers from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Antwerp, Belgium has investigated the violence against their Philippines colleagues. Lawyers and judges in the Philippines are increasingly victims of serious harassment and intimidation or brutally killed whilst in the process of carrying out their duties.
> 24 July 2006
> Report full-textStichting Advocaten voor Advocaten
> Stichting Advocaten voor Advocaten (Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation)
> demonstrations 28 August 2006
> Mass lone demonstration
> Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to gather in Parliament Square next Thursday to take part in a unique protest. The subject: absolutely anything. Opponents of war, fur, fees, developing world debt - whatever - will come together for what has been called a "mass lone demonstration" by its organisers. The stunt is designed to subvert the government's widely criticised ban on taking part in protests within a kilometre of parliament without prior police authorisation. Each participant is being encouraged to apply to the police for a "lone protest" licence (one demonstrator holding one placard), in the hope that the constabulary will be overrun by having to grant huge volumes of individual licences. The police cannot refuse an application made at least six days in advance.
> Parliament Square, UK 31 August 2006
> Comedian calls for mass lone demonstration (Guardian)First Mass Lone Demo in Parliament square (CAMPACC)
> Mark Thomas
> publications/research 31 August 2006
> Fenomenologia di una strategia - Il reato di devastazione e saccheggio per i fatti dell'11 marzo a Milano.
> This dossier analyses the evidence and charges brought against antifascist activists involved in a demonstration to prevent a fascist march in Milan on 11 March 2006 which resulted in violent incidents. It highlights the seriousness of charges of "destruction and looting" that were brought, which are more suited to fully-fledged popular uprisings than to the limited disturbances that took place. Nonetheless, and in spite of a lack of evidence of the involvement of individual defendants in specific criminal acts, the fast-track trial that was held resulted in 18 activists receiving 4-year sentences. Issues of collective criminalisation and the random nature of arrests are examined.
> Milan 1 August 2006
> Dossier 11 marzo (cover page)Dossier 18 innocentiSupporto Legale (ignore security alert to view)
> Supporto Legale
> campaigns/open letters 31 August 2006
> SEEMO concerned about worsening press freedom situation in Serbia and Croatia
> The Vienna-based SEEMO, a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is deeply concerned about the worsening situation for journalists in Serbia and Croatia. In a press release, SEEMO cites a number of attacks and threats against journalists, prison sentences given to journalists and restrictions on access to information.
> SEEMO press releaseSEEMO website
> South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)
> publications/research 31 August 2006
> Libro Bianco: I Centri di Permanenza Temporanea e Assistenza in Italia
> An in-depth study concerning the policy and practice of holding migrants in detention centres in Italy, which looks at the legal framework, the experiences of migrants, accounts of the situation in the different detention centres, the costs of this practice that is described "a waste of resources", and an assessment of Italy's immigration policy and related violations of human rights. Also features a number of interviews with personalities who are active in this field.
> Roma 18 July 2006
> Libro Bianco: I Centri di Permanenza Temporanea e Assistenza in Italia (click on 'Indice' to access contents)Comitato per i Diritti Umani
> Comitato per i Diritti Umani
> publications/research 31 August 2006
> Hungary: A new Act on classified information?
> The Hungarian Government submitted the draft of a new Act on classified information (ACI) to parliament in early December 2005. Parliament discussed it in an expedited procedure and completed its first reading within two weeks. Debate continued throughout January. The only obstacle that arose came about because the government had not attached the Penal Code’s amendments regarding the criminal sanctions of illegally disclosing classified information.1 Although the press, and the smaller coalition party, raised this issue the adoption of the ACI appeared to be straightforward. This was the situation when three NGOs (the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Protect the Future and the Press Freedom Centre) intervened to demand that the Government revoke the draft and prepare a completely new document.
> August 2006
> HCLU reportHCLU website
> Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
> publications/research 02 September 2006
> Between moral cowardice and illegality: the Government takes another step to consolidate the Spanish model of impunity
> The report of the "Inter-Ministerial Commission" and the "Draft Law to recognise and broaden rights and to establish measures in favour of those who suffered persecution or violence during the Civil War and the dictatorship", the submission of which to the Houses of Parliament was approved by the Council of Ministers on 28th July 2006, are consistent with the contents of the motion of Deputy Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, which was passed by Congress on 1st June 2004, and, specifically, with the report requested in the said motion. This demonstrates that notwithstanding the delays in submitting the report, there existed a pre-existing agreement on the subject. This agreement does not reflect the demands of the victims' and human rights associations.
> Brussels and Madrid 1 September 2006
> Report in EnglishInformación EspañolRadio Nizkor
> Equipo Nizkor and Derechos Human Rights
> campaigns/open letters 03 October 2006
> Hidden Agendas
> Hidden Agendas is where young people go for political opinion, debate and action. It offers a place to explore ideas, discuss a broad range of issues and make contact with campaigning organisations. It provides progressive young people with a gateway from single issues to the wider world of politics.
> Hidden agendas website
> campaigns/open letters 03 October 2006
> Press release condemning interior minister's stance on CPTs by the Associazione Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
> ASGI issued a press statement to express concern over interior minister Giuliano Amato’s statement concerning the reform of Italy’s immigration law, most notably his claim that the system of detention centres must be preserved to “protect our citizens”. CPTs, as Italian detention centres for foreigners are known, are described as “legally abnormal”, and the statement is interpreted by ASGI as undermining the work of the commission that Amato himself established to investigate conditions in, and alternatives to, CPTs. ASGI claims that it is contemplating withdrawal from this commission.
> ASGI press releaseAssociazione Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
> publications/research 03 October 2006
> Behatokia Bulletin
> Contents include: editor of Basque newspaper arrested and held incommunicado; Amnesty International says human rights must play a central role in peace talks; Basque ombudsman criticises regional government's interior affairs department for concealing evidence;freedom of speech.
> August 2006
> Behatokia bulletin(pdf version)Basque Observatory for Human Rights
> Basque Observatory for Human Rights
> campaigns/open letters 03 October 2006
> Amnesty International UK appeal: Risk of torture if returned to Algeria
> On 24 August the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) dismissed the appeal of an Algerian man against his deportation on national security grounds. If returned, he is likely to be taken into the custody of Algeria’s “Military Security”, an intelligence agency officially known as the Department for Information and Security (DRS). It specializes in interrogating people thought to possess information about terrorist activities, and is widely known to practice torture and other ill-treatment. The risk of torture faced by individuals who are arrested by the DRS has been extensively documented by AI. Please write, calling on the UK authorities not to return “Y” to Algeria. Urge them to rescind the deportation order against him and release him immediately, unless he is charged with a recognizably criminal offence and given a prompt and fair trial.
> Appeal
> Amnesty International - Worldwide Appeal
> publications/research 03 October 2006
> Esculca bulletin, n.14
> Esculca's bulletin looks at the legal situation of migrant women employed as housemaids in conditions of "modern slavery", focuses on freedom of information and access to documents, analyses abuses in the war on terror with special emphasis on renditions and the philosophical framework behind illegal practices, and provides a round-up of civil liberties issues in Galicia.
> Galicia September 2006
> Esculca bulletinEsculca
> Esculca, Observatório para a Defensa dos Direitos e Liberdades
> campaigns/open letters 04 October 2006
> People’s Vision - Building Solidarity across Asia and Europe: TOWARDS A JUST, EQUAL AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD
> The AEPF is a forum for NGOs and civil society groups that are non-state and non-corporate. It aims to bring the voice of the civil society in the official Asia Europe Summit, ASEM, and to create alternatives to its neoliberalistic agenda. AEPF 6 was held on 3rd - 6th September 2006 in Paasitorni Conference Center in Helsinki, Finland.
> DeclarationAEPF website
> Final Declaration of the Asia-Europe People’s Forum 6
> publications/research 13 October 2006
> Conference report: Electronic health cards and the capitalist-technological-medical complex
> From 22-24 September 2006, the German civil liberties organisation Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokatie held a conference on recent developments in the health care system with view to civil liberties and human rights implications. The conference put forward a fundamental critique of electronic health cards soon to be introduced in Germany. But not only data protection is at risk, the conference reports that bureaucratisation and economisation increasingly determine the doctor-patient relationship and that health is becoming an unequally distributed commodity. A conference report in German can be requested by mail: info@grundrechtekomitee.de
> Berlin 
> The e-card: big promise & disappontmentConference outlineHome Page Grundrechtekomitee
> Grundrechtekomitee
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2006
> The case against vetting: How the child protection industry is poisoning adult-child relations
> The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill will mean that one third of the adult working population will be subject to ongoing criminal checks. Those now routinely vetted include: 16-year-olds who teach younger kids to read; hospital secretaries who rarely meet children; foster carers’ friends; school governors; parent volunteers in schools; cricket umpires; private music tutors; university lecturers who teach 17-year-olds; students who help out on university open days; plumbers who check the school radiators; grandmothers who volunteer in schools; child psychologists who review adoption applications; teenagers whose parents are childminding a younger child. Running an after-school club is now subject to more stringent tests than selling explosives, or practising law.
> Manifesto club vetting campaignReport: The Case Against Vetting
> Manifesto Club
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2006
> UK Extradition Act - Commons Vote, October 2006
> At last parliament has decided to pencil a day to vote on the Extradition Act. Please write / email your MP to urge them to support both amendments to the UK-US Extradition Act 2003 (prima facie evidence and forum) when the Police and Justice Bill returns to the Commons on 24th October 2006. Here is a simple 2 step guide to help you through the lobbying process...
> Contact your MP
> No to Extradition Campaign
> meetings/conferences 20 October 2006
> Reclaiming Our Rights
> The government has been attacking our basic democratic rights through unjust principles: a presumption of guilt, punishment without trial, and pre-emptive restraints on liberty. These principles link diverse measures and pretexts. Through ASBOs the definition of ‘anti-social behaviour’ has been broadened to prohibit activities which would not otherwise be illegal, even to criminalise individuals who contravene an ASBO. ‘Anti-stalker’ laws have been used to prohibit and criminalise political protest against companies. Having broadened the definition of terrorism, ‘anti-terror’ laws are used to deter, suppress and criminalise political activities.
> London Metropolitan University 2 December 2006
> Programme
> CAMPACC, Institute for Human Rights and Social Justice (London Metropolitan University) and others
> meetings/conferences 23 October 2006
> First Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum
> The IGF Greece 2006 structure consists of eight main sessions. The Greeek Minister of Transport and Communications Mr. Michalis Liapis will chair the opening and closing sessions, whereas the other sessions of the Forum will be charied by a high level panel of speakers from all around the world.
> Athens, Greece 30 October - 2 November 2006
> ProgrammeIGF Greece website
> IGF Greece
> demonstrations 07 November 2006
> 3rd day of Migration-Related Actions
> 7 October 2006 was the 3rd Day of Migration related action directed against the denial of rights, against the criminalisation of migrants and against all immigration controls. Actions took place in more than 30 cities across Europe, Africa and North America. Activists are demanding equal rights for all migrants, the closure of all detention centers in Europe and everywhere, an end to all deportations. Further, they demand an end to the externalisation process and the uncoupling of the residence permit from the labour contract to fight 'precarity'.
> International demonstration, 7 October 2006
> Action report and pictures on noborder.org
> publications/research 07 November 2006
> Spain and Morocco: Failure to protect the rights of migrants – Ceuta and Melilla one year on
> One year after 13 migrants were killed and hundreds were wounded while trying to enter the Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla, investigations into the actions of the Spanish and Moroccan security forces involved have still not been concluded and no preventive measures adopted. In a new report based on victims' testimonies and Amnesty International's contact with the authorities of Spain and Morocco in the last two years, the organization voices concern that there are no guarantees that investigations will be thorough, impartial and effective and no disciplinary action has been taken for the deaths and ill-treatment of migrants. This means effective impunity so far.
> October 2006
> Report on amnesty.orgPress Release
> Amnesty International
> campaigns/open letters 07 November 2006
> Worst EU Lobby Award 2006 - Vote Now!
> This year, the voting for the awards takes place in two different categories: 'the Worst EU Lobbying' for that lobbyist who goes the extra mile in deception and spin; and 'The Worst Privileged Access' for the public servant or politician who's just too cosy with a particular lobby group. The EU lobby awards are organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and Spinwatch.
> Worst EU Lobby Award 2006Worst EU Lobby Award 2005Corporate Europe Observatory
> campaigns/open letters 07 November 2006
> PRESS RELEASE – Will undocumented migrants continue to be invisible in the new national action plans on social inclusion, health and pensions for 2006-2008?
> Since the first set of national action plans on social inclusion in 2001, EU Member States have been constantly requested by the European Commission to adopt specific and effective measures to reach the objective of making “a decisive impact on the eradication of poverty and social exclusion” as it was agreed in the Lisbon Summit in 2000. Even if undocumented migrants are among the most socially excluded groups in Europe today, almost no mention of their presence and marginalization has been made in the different national plans on social inclusion so far.
> Press release
> meetings/conferences 04 January 2007
> CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (AUDIO FILES): CIA flights, extraordinary renditions, secret prisons. American policy and European complicity
> Proceedings from conference organised by Nordic Green Left and United Left Groups in the European Parliament and Rifondazione Comunista, Italy. [Convegno dal titolo "Voli della Cia, extraordinary renditions, carceri segrete. Strategia americana e complicità europea"; audio files in Italian, German and English]
> Milan 16 December 2006
> Audio files
> RadioRadicale.it
> meetings/conferences 06 January 2007
> The European Constitution - Critiques and Alternatives
> Germany has taken on the EU presidency for the first half of 2007 and has announced to push for ratification of the EU Constitution by the end of 2008 (during the French presidency). Attac Germany is holding an international conference to discuss its ideas about an alternative constitution and define its content in a common statement. Discussion blocks will include: debates on what a constitution should contain, democratic participation in EU institutions and neoliberalism in relation to basic rights and economic and social policy. For more information contact Regina Viotto, regina.viotto (at) uni-bielefeld.de
> Hanover, Germany 23-24 June 2007
> Conference announcement, Attac-GermanyEALDH
> Attac-Germany & EALDH
> campaigns/open letters 10 January 2007
> Request for convicting Rumsfeld et al. for war crimes
> On 14 November 2006, four Iraqi torture victims lodged a criminal complaint with the “Generalbundesanwalt” in Karlsruhe, Germany. The criminal complaint is a request for the German Federal Prosecutor to open an investigation and, ultimately, a criminal prosecution that will look into the responsibility of high-ranking U.S. officials for authorizing war crimes in the context of the so-called “War on Terror.” The complaint is brought on behalf of 12 torture victims – 12 Iraqi citizens who were held at Abu Ghraib prison and one Guantánamo detainee – and is being filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) and others, all represented by Berlin Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck.
> Background info on CCR websiteRAVTrial Watch
> meetings/conferences 12 January 2007
> World Social Forum 2007
> The 7th World Social Forum (WSF) will be held from 20 until 25 January 2007 at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Nairobi and is expected to host up to 150,000 delegates from all over the world. Over 1,000 activities will take place in the 106 spaces provided at the venue. Rallying around the call of Another World Is Possible, the World Social Forum has placed social justice, international solidarity, gender equality, peace and defence of the environment on the agenda of the world’s peoples. From its modest origins in Porto Alegre in the year 2001, to Mumbai, Bamako, Caracas, Karachi and now Nairobi, the forces and the contingents of the World Social Forum have collectively expanded the democratic spaces of those seeking concrete, sustainable and progressive alternatives to neo-liberalism and imperialist globalisation.
> Nairobi 20/01/2007
> WSF website
> publications/research 01 February 2007
> Informe sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en Córdoba 2006
> This report on the human rights situation in Córdoba in 2006 focuses on issues including the social exclusion affecting around 8,600 households, the city's prison, which has the national record for deaths in custody (41 between 2001 and 2005) and the lack of assistance for AIDS sufferers. The report's subtitle is indicative: "We are responsible for keeping our eyes open in a world of blind people".
> Córdoba 10 December 2006
> Informe sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en Córdoba 2006 (Spanish)Asociación pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA) website
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía - Córdoba
> publications/research 02 February 2007
> Esculca Bulletin, n.15, December 2006
> This issue presents proposals to improve the situation of AIDS sufferers in prisons and illustrates the observatory’s activities to celebrate the anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights and to promote programmes for young offenders in Teixero prison. It reports a number of incidents in Galician prisons, allegations of illegal arrest and torture made by detained demonstrators in Compostela, the reform of the penal regime for children, and the “opaque” way in which the Spanish candidate for the UN Subcommittee of the Optional Protocol to the Torture Convention was chosen, as well as criticising the choice. In-depth analyses of State-Church relations (from a legal viewpoint) and of the political exclusion of detainees are featured, as is the text of the International Covenant on civil and political rights, as part of Esculca’s efforts to make key human rights texts available in Galician.
> Galicia 13 December 2006
> Esculca Bulletin, n.15Esculca website
> Esculca, Observatório para a defensa dos direitos e libertades
> publications/research 02 February 2007
> Access Information: A Universal Right, A Universal Standard
> As Council of Europe experts debate the conversion of Recommendation 2002(2) on Access to Official Documents into a binding treaty, two issues need to be addressed. The first, is whether the right is of is one of access to documents or access to information, the second, is whether there exists sufficient consistency in international standards to require that the future treaty to set binding standards rather than laying out a shopping list of options available to member states. This paper shows that the right to information that has emerged in the past four decades is a right of access to information rather than a narrower right of access to documents. Core standards on access to information exist, indicating that any future treaty developed by the Council of Europe should set absolute standards. It is recommended that, whatever form the final treaty takes, the Council of Europe ensure that it enshrines the highest standards set by access to information laws in Europe and globally.
> Madrid 17 January 2007
> Access Information: A Universal Right, A Universal StandardAccess Info Europe website
> Access Info Europe
> meetings/conferences 09 February 2007
> Human Rights and Human Wrongs
> Critical Legal Studies and Practice; Palestine and Israel; War on Terror and Civil Liberties; Controlling Damage to the Environment; Personal Injuries and Compensation Culture; The Human Rights Act; Immigration and Asylum; Racism and Islamaphobia; Criminal Justice System; Capitalism-has it a future?; and many others
> Kent University, Canterbury, UK 24-25 February 2007,
> Conference flyer
> National Critical Lawyers’ Group Conference 2007
> demonstrations 13 February 2007
> Towards the repeal of Bossi-Fini Law. National demonstration in Bologna.
> Towards the repeal of Bossi-Fini Law. First step: the closure of all detention centres. Struggles against detention centres have started in 1998 and stayed at the top of the movements’ agenda. Many hoped that Prodi’s government would start to change politics in migration flows management, unfortunately it did not. There are no signs of a reform of the Bossi-Fini Law and detention centres will not be abolished, they are even extending to EU borderline countries, where migrants pass through in their journey to Europe. The left wing government continued agreements by Berlusconi with Libya and cooperation with Spain, Senegal and Malta in the military surveillance of Western and Northern Africa. In Bologna, movements have been opposing ethnic jails, invaded and dismantled them. They supported migrants and they attacked businesses involved in detention-deportation chain. This is why we propose to come together for a demonstration on 3 March in Bologna to oppose the exploitation of migrants. In the name of a different Europe, where every woman and man have the right to live freely and independently from nationality, we wish to build a mobilisation that forces governments to close all detention centres, our century’s concentration camp.
> Bologna, Italy, 3 March 2007
> English call out
> Teatro Polivalente Occupato (TPO), Bologna
> campaigns/open letters 16 February 2007
> Demonstration against the new Dal Molin US military base in Vicenza
> A national demonstration against the construction of the new “Dal Molin” US military base in Vicenza, which would join the city’s other US military base, Camp Ederle, has been called for 17 February 2007. Several months of actions, a demonstration by tens of thousands on 2 December 2006, and strong opposition by the local population, as well as a change of government, whose programme stated that “any action which has a strong impact on the territory will always be taken respecting the opinion of the local populations” have failed to stop the plans. Vicenza has also been granted the questionable “honour” of being the seat of the European Gendarmerie Force.
> Appello, no alla nuova base Dal Molin a VicenzaAppeal for a national demonstration in Vicenza on 17 February 2007French versionSpanish versionGerman versionBlog of the "permanent watch" in VicenzaAltravicenzaNo dal Molin
> Presidio permanente contro il Dal Molin
> demonstrations 23 February 2007
> Sveglia! È l’ora dei diritti! Manifestazione nazionale per le unioni civili
> Call for a national demonstration for the rights of civil partnerships in Rome on 10 March 2007. For equal rights for unmarried couples, both hetero- and homosexual, freedom and secularism. Includes criticism of the proposed DiCo law (on rights for couples living together) as an unwarranted reduction of the scope of PACS (Civil Solidarity Pacts).
> Rome 10 March 2007
> Sveglia! È l’ora dei diritti!Appeal for the demonstrationText of the draft law on civil partnerships and critical LGTB commentary
> Diritti ora!
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2007
> La regulación del acceso a los archivos que testimonian la represión en el proyecto de ley de "memoria histórica": respeto a la intimidad o vía de impunidad?
> Public conference and debate session organised by the Association of Spanish Civil Service Archive Workers, a group that is working for the defence of public archives as a guarantee of administrative transparency and the defence of citizens' rights. AEFP draws attention to an article in the draft "law on historical memory" that replaces access to documents identifying possible culprits or people involved in specific actions, with a certification of their content. In relation to documents about repression in Spain's recent history, they ask: is it protection of privacy or a way to ensure impunity?
> Madrid 7 March 2007
> Presentation of the ConferenceAEFP website
> campaigns/open letters 27 May 2007
> "Aquí vivo, aquí voto". Por una ciudadanía plena.
> Ongoing campaign by 18 organisations for the recognition of the right to vote of third country migrants living in Spain. Its claims include: 1) recognition of their right to vote and stand in local and European elections; 2) the later extension of this right to regional and general elections; 3) the removal of legal obstacles in terms of full equality of rights (access to housing, public jobs, grants...); and 4) legal and social instruments giving people a right to emigrate. For the May 2007 elections, the campaign's initiatives include citizens ceding their vote to immigrant residents.
> Aquí vivo, aquí votoInstructions for ceding vote initiativeAsociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Plataforma Tod @s Iguales, Tod@s Ciudadan@s
> publications/research 27 May 2007
> Ilegalización de candidaturas electolares en Euskal Herria
> Critical report that analyses the illegalisation of candidatures to run in local elections in the Basque Country on 27 May 2007. The candidatures are ASB (Abertzale Sozialisten Batasuna), which was deemed to be a party born under the auspices of Batasuna (illegalised by the Ley de Partidos), whereas many of the electoral lists of ANV-EAE (Acción Nacionalista Vasca –Eusko Abertzale Ekintza) were deemed to have been "contaminated" or "infiltrated" by Batasuna members. A detailed description of the judicial process of illegalisation deems that the decisions "have a scarce legal quality... are inspired by political determinations... and contravene the right of active suffrage", depriving Basques the chance to vote for an option that is deep-rooted in society.
> Euskal Herria (Basque Country) May 2007
> Ilegalización de candidaturas electolares en Euskal HerriaCandidatures declared illegal in the Basque CountryEuskal Herria Watch
> EHwatch
> publications/research 27 May 2007
> La Tortura en el Estado español en el año 2006
> The 2006 annual report on torture in the Spanish state was presented in Santiago de Compostela on 12 May 2007. It features details of 610 reports of torture arising from 266 different situations in 2006, and a follow-up of claims from previous years (over 4,000 in five years), and details from reports produced by international bodies that criticise the persistence of this problem in Spain. It features a breakdown of where the reported events took place (led by Catalunya and Galicia), the police bodies responsible for the violations, and the social groups that were on the receiving end of violent actions (led by trade unionists and members of social movements). A report on torture in Galicia was also published.
> Santiago de Compostela 12 May 2007
> Coordinadora press statement and reportCoordinadora para la Prevención de la Tortura2006 report on torture in Galicia
> Coordinadora para la Prevención de la Tortura
> campaigns/open letters 29 May 2007
> On the occasion of the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, extensive restrictions of fundamental rights as well as civil rights and liberties are to be feared. The federal government and the police already conjure up violent conflicts in the run-up to the summit. Doing this, they aim at preventing legitimate and many-voiced protests on the spot or at least to intimidate and criminalise the protesters. The fundamental rights of freedom of opinion and freedom of assembly will have to be defended in the court room, but also on the streets and during meetings and demonstrations. For these purposes, the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) together with local associations of criminal defence lawyers and committees of inquiry organise a legal emergency service in the run-up to and during the G8 summit. For the duration of three weeks, an office will be established in Rostock that will ensure on-site counselling and legal protection in cases of arrests, restrictions of the freedom of assembly, bullying at the arrival etc. The telephone number of the Legal Team during the G8 summit is: 0049 (0)3820 4768111. Anybody in need of legal help during the summit is advised to call here, the information will be then transmitted to the lawyers. Please communicate the number. Also: press information service concerning the protests: +49 (0)1577-4704760 and +49 (0)163-6195151
> ContactRAV website
> Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV)
> publications/research 29 May 2007
> Fundamental Rights Report 2007 (German)
> Since 1997, nine civil liberties and human rights organisations publish an annual human rights report on Germany, in which they test the German government’s conduct against every legally binding human rights and civil liberties provision laid down in the German Constitution. With a plethora of examples of state surveillance, infringements, discrimination and violations of High Court decisions, the year 2006 will also be known as a year in which fundamental rights were systematically violated by the authorities. The legitimate use of ‘torture’ debate, the use of emetics against foreigners, indiscriminate data collection during the world cup, the surveillance and interception of communication of civil rights activists, the electronic health card linking sensitive data between authorities, US-EU data transfers, unlawful detention and deportation to torturing states, police violence, employment bans, eroding the protection of journalists’ sources, unlawful police raids…the list of fundamental civil rights violations seems endless. The Fundamental Rights Report is written and compiled by the following organisations, which have announced the focus of the next year’s report will be the criminalisation and curtailment of G8 protests: Humanistische Union, Gustav Heinemann-Initiative, Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie, Bundesarbeitskreis Kritischer Juragruppen, Pro Asyl, Republikanischer Anwaltsverein, Vereinigung demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen, Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte, Neue Richtervereinigung.
> May 2007
> Commentary on the reportPress release Humanistische UnionList of Contents (German)Order online
> “Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte” et al.
> demonstrations 29 May 2007
> Antiracist G8 'action and events' calendar
> Between 2 and 7 June, thousands of refugees, migrants and activist will protest against the G8. In this context , mass actions and information events will take place under the slogans: ‘For Global Freedom of Movement’ and ‘Equal Rights for All’. Below you find links to the 'choreography of resistance', and events calendar. CALL OUT DECEMBER 2005: "We are here, because you are destroying our countries." This central slogan of the ‘Caravan for the rights of refugees and migrants’ explicitly links capitalist destruction on the one hand to flight and migration on the other. The G8-governments - as well as the WTO, IMF and World Bank - are not only responsible for neocolonial relations of exploitation; they also increasingly rely on and further the intensification of processes of selection and exclusion in the Northern parts of the globe, the intensification of legal, social and political hierarchies. It is these and other developments - whether in the North or the South - that lead us to speak of a system of global Apartheid. [...]
> Heiligendamm/Rostock, Germany 2-7 June 2007
> Updated events calendarWorking Group Migration of the protest networksCaravan of Refugees and Migrants tours Germany
> meetings/conferences 29 May 2007
> ‘Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants’
> This conference, organised within the framework of the EU project “Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants”, aims to bring together NGOs, local authorities, health care providers, policy makers, researchers and other professionals to discuss the health care challenges facing undocumented migrants. This event will provide a forum to share creative examples and strategies to address the problems associated with insufficient access to health care for undocumented migrants in Europe.
> Brussels, Belgium 28-29 June 2007
> Leaflet & Programme (PDF)PICUM Home Page
> publications/research 29 May 2007
> Hollanditis.Nu (Anti-militarist magazine from the Netherlands)
> This new publication by Dutch peace and anti-militarist groups was named after the anti-nuclear protest movement of the 1980s which saw mass demonstration in Amsterdam (1981) and The Hague (1983). It is an attempt to unite the peace movement again after its demise in the 1990s during a time when consecutive wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan demand mass action. The publication provides information about war zones and the arms industry, aiming to work towards building a world without war and violence. Published and edited by: Haags Vredesplatform, vredesbeweging vereniging Pais, Antimilitaristies Onderzoekskollektief VD AMOK and the Dutch branch of the Women's League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
> May 2007
> Hollanditis.Nu Home Page (Dutch)VD AMOK Anti-Militaristies Onderzoeks KollektiefThe Hague Peace Platform
> Haags Vredesplatform et al.
> campaigns/open letters 22 June 2007
> Appello. La verità su Genova
> Appeal that follows the admission of abuses by police officers made in court by Michelangelo Fournier, six years on from widespread police violence against activists in Genoa during the G8 summit, that he had not spoken earlier out of a "sense of belonging" to the police. Arguing that through its silence and obstruction of investigations the police has betrayed its mission, and that "we are on the verge of an authentic democratic emergency", the appeal calls for a parliamentary investigation commission into the events of July 2001.
> Appello. La verità su GenovaCarta
> Carta
> campaigns/open letters 26 June 2007
> Press Statement on G8 summit in Rostock
> During the G8 summit, held in Heiligendamm from the 6th to the 8th of June 2007, a great number of German lawyers belonging to the RAV (Association of Republican Lawyers), the Strafverteidigervereinigung von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (association of defence lawyers) as well as lawyers belonging to the EDL (European Democratic Lawyers) and to the Legal Team Europa have committed themselves to defend the fundamental rights of those who had come from all over Europe to express their dissent.
> EDL home pageEDL Press statement (PDF)
> European Democratic Lawyers
> meetings/conferences 27 June 2007
> Privacy Rights In A World Under Surveillance
> A one-day workshop organized by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) in cooperation with Canadian and international civil rights and privacy organizations ahead of the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Montreal. Panellists: Simon Davies – Privacy International/Ben Hayes – Statewatch/Gus Hosein –Privacy International/Allison Knight –Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)/Philippa Lawson – Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)/Toshimaru Ogura – Toyama University, Japanese human rights and privacy activist/Katitza Rodriguez – Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility – Peru/Richard Rosenberg – Freedom of Information and Privacy Association BC (FIPA)/Jay Stanley – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)/Barry Steinhardt –ACLU/Dr.Helen Wallace (GeneWatch-UK)/Maureen Webb – International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG).
> Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Canada 25 September 2007
> Details
> International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)
> campaigns/open letters 27 June 2007
> Call to sign Letter of protest to Spanish authorities on the gagging and killing of a Nigerian citizen Osamuyiwa Aikpitanhi during his forced deportation
> The ‘Nigeria Village Square’, a virtual meeting spot for Nigerians all over the world, published a Protest Note to Spanish Authorities, which has so far been signed by more then 3.000 people. The protest note will be delivered to Spanish embassies around the globe at 12pm on FRIDAY June 29th. The organisers are calling on people to coordinate the delivery of the note to Spanish embassies in their cities.
> Sign the protest note here
> 'Nigeria Village Square'
> demonstrations 27 June 2007
> An Invitation To The Gatwick No Border Camp 2007
> From 19th to 24th September 2007, noborder activists will gather at Gatwick Airport for the first No Border Camp in the UK. This camp will be a chance to work together to try and stop the building of a new detention centre, and to gather ideas for how to build up the fight against the system of migration controls.
> Gatwick, London, UK 19 - 24 September 2007
> More information
> noborder UK
> publications/research 27 June 2007
> Aspects of contempt for Humanity in Europe. Deportation Centre Motardstraße
> This brochure informs about the internal and external situation of Fortress Europe, and particularly the detention and racist exclusion of refugees and migrants in Germany. It provides a history of migration policy in Germany, and outlines and analyses the situation of refugees in Brandenburg, 'departure centres' and the detention camp 'Motardstraße' in Berlin. It also points the finger at the profiteers from the camp system and suggests possibilities for political intervention against the detention system within an anti-racist framework. Also includes an interview with a Motardstraße resident and provides a detailed list of existing anti-racist and migrant campaigning and support organisations as well as a helpful glossary.
> February 2007
> Download brochureFrench versionGerman versionMore information
> Bündnis gegen Lager (Network Against Camps) - Berlin/Brandenburg
> publications/research 11 July 2007
> Op - Genova 2001. L'ordine pubblico durante il G8
> DVD produced by the Legal Secretariat of the Genova Legal Forum, which reconstructs the management of public order during the G8 summit on 20 July 2001 through the documents they had access to during a trial against 25 demonstrators charged of devastation and looting. All proceeds will go towards the Legal Secretariat's expenses. Around 42 minutes long, multilingual (Italian, English, Spanish, French, German), €7 (+ €2 for shipping costs).
> Genova June 2007
> OP - Genova 2001 (buy it here)The trial of 25 demonstrators
> Genoa Legal Forum
> demonstrations 11 July 2007
> Basta pagare per restare!
> Report on a demonstration in Bologna on 7 July 2007 to protest against the Bossi-Fini immigration law and the practice of renewal of residence permits in the post office, at a cost of €74. Includes a letter of the migrants' claims, reminding interior minister Amato of the promise to abrogate the law, calling for an end to the practice of expensive residence permit renewals in post offices, the breaking of the link between employment and residence permits, the closing of detention centres and the possibility to withdraw their social security contributions if they choose or are forced to leave.
> Bologna 7 July 2007
> Basta pagare per restare!Letter of the demonstrators' claims
> Coordinamento Migranti Bologna
> campaigns/open letters 21 July 2007
> "Melting Pot controllato dal SISMI"
> Melting Pot responds to extracts of SISMI (military secret service) documents in Repubblica newspaper that reveal the surveillance of Melting Pot, naming its members, among other NGOs. Notes that SISMI is arbitrarily turning professionals into suspects and that "it would be even more serious if the list of names compiled in the report... had been followed by the violation of the privacy and activity of these persons contributors of the Progetto Melting Pot Europa". These developments followed a resolution by the Italian Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura (CSM) criticising surveillance activity targeting judges.
> "Melting Pot controllato dal SISMI"CSM resolution
> Melting Pot editorial board
> publications/research 30 July 2007
> Print no. 5 - aggiornamenti sui processi giugno 2007
> An extraordinary report featuring comprehensive updates of the situation in a number of trials involving activists, and on the trials of officers charged as a result of police brutality in Genoa during the G8 in 2001. Includes coverage of the trial for the raid on the Diaz school, the trial against 25 demonstrators for disturbance in the streets of Genoa, and the trial against the Rete del Sud Ribelle network for "subversive association".
> Italy June 2007
> Print no. 5 - aggiornamenti sui processi giugno 2007Supporto Legale website
> Supporto Legale
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2007
> German terrorist legislation criminalises academics
> A wave of protest is growing against the arrest by German authorities of academics accused of belonging to a terror group because they engage in research on urban gentrification and are 'intellectually capable' of drafting texts claiming responsibility for arson attacks, which law enforcement apparently had difficulties deciphering. Three of the four arrested were beaten during their arrest, and all four are held under conditions severely infringing their civil rights, due to the draconian terrorist legislation provision Article 129a of the German Criminal Code. The campaign for their release set up a website detailing growing international protest by civil rights activists and the academic community. They demand the immediate release of the prisoners, the cessation of the § 129a proceedings, and the repeal of §§ 129, 129a and 129b of the German criminal code.
> Campaign websiteGuardian article by Richard Sennett and Saskia SassenOpen letter by international academics to the German prosecution
> Einstellung des §129a-Verfahrens sofort!
> publications/research 24 August 2007
> Processing data on racial or ethnic origin for antidiscrimination policies: how to reconcile the promotion of equality with the right to privacy?
> This paper aims to explore to what extent and under which conditions the data needed to combat racial and ethnic discrimination can be collected, while fully respecting the rights of individuals. Considering first the issue of personal data protection, the paper shows that although data revealing racial or ethnic origin are subject to a special protection regime under European personal data protection norms, their processing is not prohibited in an absolute way. Second, the paper examines the problem of constructing racial or ethnic categories and classifying individuals into them. It observes the emergence in international human rights law of a norm according to which classification of individuals into racial or ethnic categories should in principle be based on self-identification. It then considers the practices of four states in this relation: the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands all have developed different classification systems for the purposes of their antidiscrimination policies. The paper concludes that human rights standards, and in particular the right to privacy, do not preclude the collection of data on racial or ethnic origin for antidiscrimination purposes, but rather define fundamental safeguards that must be respected when gathering this type of information.
> 2006
> PDF download
> Julie Ringelheim, Jean Monnet Working Paper No 8/06
> publications/research 24 August 2007
> Racism in European elections
> Focusing on the French presidential election and the general and provincial elections in the Netherlands, the special issue of the European Race Bulletin also covers twenty-one other countries and the European Parliament. It discusses the results of the extreme Right, the impact of anti-immigration parties, debates on citizenship, asylum and integration. Disturbing instances of debates over national values descending into McCarthyite-style witch hunts and hysteria against Muslim communities - the hijab and the building of minarets in particular - being whipped up by extreme-Right groups are also revealed.
> July 2007
> More information on the IRR website
> Institute of Race Relations
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2007
> Internet users criticise Google's data greed and call for anonymous services
> The Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (German Working Group on Data Retention), an association of civil rights campaigners, data protection activists and Internet users, sent an open letter to Google today. The group warns that Google's blanket retention of users Internet protocol addresses allows tracking every mouse click and every search made by a user for months. "The anonimisation of personally identifiable data after '18 to 24 months' as announced by Google is entirely inadequate", explains the NGO's legal expert Patrick Breyer. "According to German and European law the systematic retention of personally identifiable data on all users is prohibited."
> More information on the campaign website
> Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2007
> Lobbying' Awards 2007 - Call for Nominations
> This year you can nominate for two categories. The 'Worst EU Lobbying' Award for the lobbyist, company or lobby group that in 2007 has employed the most deceptive, misleading, or otherwise problematic lobbying tactics in their attempts to influence EU decision-making. And the special 'Worst EU Greenwash' Award for the company whose advertising, PR and lobbying lingo is most at odds with the real environmental impacts of their core business activities. Until 15 September 2007 you can submit your nominations on http://www.worstlobby.eu/. In 2006 the ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ Award was won by oil giant ExxonMobil for its secretive funding of climate-skeptic think tanks. In 2005 the prize went to the bogus Campaign for Creativity, a front group used by large IT companies to lobby for software patents and intellectual property rights.
> Worst EU Lobbying and Greenwash Awards 2007
> Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl, Spinwatch
> campaigns/open letters 04 September 2007
> Call to support fishermen accused of "assisting illegal immigration"
> Since August 22, 2007, seven Tunisian fishermen have been on trial in Agrigento (Sicily), accused of "assisting illegal immigration". They risk up to 15 years imprisonment. Prosecuted as human traffickers, what they did was in fact just their basic duty of solidarity : on August 8, near the island of Lampedusa, they picked up 44 passengers from a boat in distress at sea and brought them to the harbour.We, agents of the civilian societies of Subsaharan Africa, of Northern Africa and of Europe, activists and democrats from south and north of the Mediterranean, demand the abolishment of the ideology of control and repression that drives the migration policy through externalisation of asylum and border control and of the criminalisation of migration. We oppose the "trial on solidarity" against the defenders of human rights. We demand the release of the seven Tunisian fishermen of the boats Mortadha and Mohammed el-Hedi.
> Sign the call
> Migreurop
> demonstrations 20 September 2007
> Protest march "Liberty instead of fear". No data retention!
> Civil rights groups are calling on citizens to join in a protest march against excessive surveillance by businesses and governments. On 22 September 2007 concerned citizens will take to the streets, the motto being "Liberty instead of fear - Stop the surveillance mania!". We will meet at Pariser Platz (Brandenburger Tor) at 2.30 pm.
> Berlin, Germany 22/09/2007
> Judges' Association press release against data retentionBackground article (German, Telepolis)Demonstration call out & Campaign background
> Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (German Working Group on Data Retention)
> meetings/conferences 20 September 2007
> 24th Chaos Communication Congress: Call for Participation
> The Chaos Communication Congress is the annual four-day conference organized by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC). The 24C3s slogan is Volldampf voraus!— the German equivalent of “full steam ahead” – a particular request for talks and projects featuring forward looking hands-on topics. CCC has always encouraged creative and unorthodox interaction with technology and society, in the good tradition of the real meaning of “hacking”. This year’s congress introduces a new category for talks called “Making”. This category is all about making and breaking things and the wonderful stuff you can build in your basement or garage. Most welcome are submissions dealing with the latest in electronics, 3D-fabbing, climate-change survival technology, robots and drones, steam machines, alternative transportation tools and guerilla-style knitting.
> Berlin, Germany 27 - 30 December 2007
> More information
> Chaos Computer Club
> meetings/conferences 20 September 2007
> Information event on Article 129a terrorist procedures in Berlin and Germany's security politics
> At the end of July 2007, seven persons, accused of membership of a terrorist organisation, were arrested in Berlin, Germany. Three are charged with arson against army vehicles, the other four of some form of “intellectual culpability”, whereby their scientific publications critical of gentrification and security state features are used to construct a terrorist organisation. Their arrests form the current highpoint in the general criminalisation of critical science and protest movements reminiscent of the 1980s. This info-event will inform about this case but also provide information on the history of Germany’s anti-terrorist Article 129a Criminal Code and its political use, more security laws in the planning, and asks what the implications of the gradual erosion of civil liberties means for state critics today.
> Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany. 30/09/2007, 11.00 – 13.30
> RAVCampaign to stop the terrorist proceedings
> Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein e.V. (RAV)
> campaigns/open letters 29 September 2007
> Liberty and justice for the parents of the Roma children burnt to death in the fire of Livorno on August 10th, 2007
> On 10 August, four Roma children burnt to death in Livorno. A few days later a racist organization, GAPE (Armed Group for Ethnic Cleansing) claimed responsibility for the crime in a letter to local newspapers. The parents, however, were arrested. Despite this letter claiming responsibility and the fact that a forensic team of the fire department found evidence pointing to arson, charges against the parents continue being brought and they are not released from prison.
> Campaign websiteSign the Petition
> EveryOne Group and “Amici degli Angeli”
> publications/research 12 November 2007
> Escape from Tripoli Report on the Conditions of Migrants in Transit in Libya
> "The deaths in the desert and in the Channel of Sicily, the tortures and rapes in detention centres funded by Italy, deportations to the Sahara, collective refoulements, the repatriation of refugees on flights paid by Rome, deportations from Lampedusa, murders in police stations, the abuses perpetrated by passeurs and racist attacks in Tripoli. Everything that must not be known about the country to which Italy and the EU entrust the control of the southern border, on the eve of Frontex patrol operations in Libya in 2008, when refoulements at sea will become the norm."
> October 2007
> Fortress EuropeReport (PDF)
> Fortress Europe. The observatory on victims of migrations
> publications/research 12 November 2007
> FRONTEX-led EU Illegal Immigration Technical Mission to Libya. 28 May - 5 June 2007
> Frontex, the "European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union", reports on its second EU technical mission on illegal immigration to Libya between 28 May and 5 June 2007.
> 2007
> Report (PDF)
> Frontex
> publications/research 12 November 2007
> »The truth may be bitter, but it must be told« The Situation of Refugees in the Aegean and the Practices of the Greek Coast Guard.
> Asylum seekers are being sent back to Greece from Germany and other European countries without their applications for asylum having been thoroughly examined. The legal basis for this is the European Dublin II Regulation under which the state through which the asylum seeker entered European territory is responsible for processing the asylum claim. For a large number of people, particularly those from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Somalia, the escape route leads them across the Aegean into Greece. This report forms part of a series of fact-finding missions (to Spain/Morocco, Italy, Slovakia/Ukraine) about human rights violations committed at the external borders of Europe, conducted by PRO ASYL. This report finds systematic refoulement of refugees at sea, illegal deportations and detention and inhumane detention conditions and makes a series of demands.
> October 2007
> Report (PDF)Pro Asyl: Information on reactions to the report
> Pro Asyl, Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants
> campaigns/open letters 12 November 2007
> Campaign against the “11th European Police Congress“, 29th-30th of January 2008 in Berlin. Against a “Global Security Architecture”, for more security-critical behaviour!
> Police investigation methods and the global security apparatus are increasingly violating basic democratic and human rights. Police and intelligence services want to attain unrestricted access to personal data and internet user profiles. The “European Police Congress”, a forum where politicians, police authorities, intelligence services, the military and the security industry meet to discuss the implementation of new measures for data collection and prosecution facilitates the increasing social control and authoritarian state tendencies within the EU. The 2008 Congress takes place under the motto “Information technology – investigation – operation”. On Tuesday, 29 January 2008, Schäuble, the German Minister of Internal Affairs, will speak at the “Forum of European Ministers of Internal Affairs”. A coalition of civil liberties and social justice groups is organising protest actions, with the aim to reach broad segments of society. This recent initiative is seen as a potential extension of already existing campaigns: against data retention, against anti-terrorist laws, the EU border agency Frontex and the repressive EU migration regime, against police racism and militarism.
> 11th European Police Congress home pageMore information about the campaign (English)More information about the campaign (German)
> Six Hills
> demonstrations 06 January 2008
> MEMORIAL CONFERENCES AND DEMONSTRATION IN DESSAU - in memory of Oury Jalloh, Layé Konde, Dominique Koumadio and all other victims of racist police brutality
> With this call we would like to invite all interested people to participate in the conferences in Berlin and Dessau as well as the demonstration in Dessau, all of which will be held in memory of Oury Jalloh, Layé Konde, Dominique Koumadio and all other victims of racist police brutality. 05 January 2008 - Memorial Conference in Berlin for the victims of racist police violence; 4 p.m., Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr. 2a, U6/U7 Mehringdamm 06 January 2008 – Black Africa Conference in Dessau; 12p.m., Beat Club 07 January 2008 - Demonstration in Dessau For the 3rd anniversary of Oury Jalloh’s murder, 1 p.m.
> Berlin/Dessau, Germany 4-7 January 2008
> Call out (Full-text)
> The Voice e.V. Africa Forum
> publications/research 22 January 2008
> Observatoire de l’institutionnalisation de la xénophobie (Observ.i.x)
> New website. The observatory on the institutionalisation of xenophobia is a collective focussing on research concerning human beings and society in relation to governmental initiatives concerning national identity and immigration. It seeks to stimulate original independent work on the erosion of humanist perceptions of otherness and the stygmatisation of foreigners as a problem or threat in the ordinary operation of established authorities.
> France 14 January 2008
> Observ.i.xCall for contributions
> Observ.i.x
> campaigns/open letters 21 February 2008
> A warning against the "xenophobia, fear, phobia against immigrants" that some "irresponsible political parties" are seeking to set in the election campaign. Criticism is levelled primarily at the PP (alongside the Catalan CiU and Canary islanders CC parties) and its "integration contract" proposal, viewed as an initiative that "promotes and strengthens racism". The governing PSOE party is accused of framing social policies in a way that is discriminatory, as is also argued in relation to the Basque three-party government's housing aid policy.
> Por una campaña electoral sin xenofobia, sin discriminación social, sin equívocos
> Mugak/SOS Arrazakeria, SOS Racismo
> demonstrations 22 February 2008
> Jornada Estatal por los derechos de las personas inmigrantes
> Demonstration organised by the national network for the rights of immigrants (REDI) in Seville to express the support of dozens of organisations to claims for migrants' rights. These include: a) immediate regularisation of migrants and guarantees concerning residence, employment and family life; b) the ending of repression against migrant people and guarantees against abuses by the police and xenophobic discrimination; and c) equal rights for all migrants.
> Seville 23 February 2008
> Jornada Estatal por los derechos de las personas inmigrantes12 Medidas urgentes por la Dignidad de los Inmigrantes
> Red Estatal por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes (REDI)
> publications/research 29 February 2008
> "En Movemento"
> A new monthly civil rights newspaper produced by the Galician civil rights organisation, Movemento polos dereitos civis.
> Galicia (Spain) November 2007 - ongoing
> MPDCEn Movemento back issues
> Movemento polos dereitos civis
> demonstrations 29 February 2008
> Accounts from inside detention centres
> A collection of accounts from communication with detainees who are mobilising and carrying out protest actions in French detention centres.
> France 13 February 2008
> Accounts from inside detention centresTemoignages de l'interieur des centres de retention (or.)Augenzeugenberichte aus dem Inneren französischer AbschiebegefängnisseMigreurop
> Zpajol, Migreurop
> campaigns/open letters 10 March 2008
> Abou Elkassim Britel - libero e vivo
> Appeal (in Italian English and French) for rendition victim Abou Elkassim Britel to be freed. He has spent years in custody since his detention on false grounds and abduction in Pakistan in 2002, followed by an unfair trial in which he was found guilty of terrorist activity after rendition to Morocco, where he had previously been released in the absence of evidence against him. The EP Committee investigating renditions called on the Italian government to intervene to free its citizen, and vows to do so have not been carried through.
> Abou Elkassim Britel - free and aliveGiustizia per Kassim
> Justice for Kassim campaign
> demonstrations 21 March 2008
> XI Marcha Antirracista: "Contra el racismo y la Xenofobia. Gizarte disriminaziorik ez, igualdad de derechos para tod@s"
> The 11th march from Trintxerpe to Donostia, in the Basque Country, to demonstrate against the different forms of racism, xenophobia and discrimination people suffer due to their origin, or physical or cultural traits. This year's claims also include the non-recognition of political rights to foreigners, and opposition to the Ley de Extranjeria (immigration law) and to policies that are discriminatory for the enjoyment of social rights.
> Donostia /San Sebastian 30 March 2008
> XI Marcha Antirracista: "Contra el racismo y la Xenofobia. Gizarte disriminaziorik ez, igualdad de derechos para tod@s"Mugak, Centro de estudios y Documentacion sobre racismo y xenofobia
> Mugak/SOS Arrazakeria (SOS Racismo)
> demonstrations 28 March 2008
> Demonstrations against racism and xenophobia
> Demonstrations and activities against racism and xenophobia organised by SOS Racismo are taking place in localities in the Basque Country, Navarre and Catalunya throughout the end of March, starting on 21 March, the international day against xenophobia. These include activities in Barcelona culminating in a demonstration on 28 March, a march from Trintxerpe to Donostia-San Sebastian on 30 March, a week against racism including documentary screenings, a concert and a talk about the media's treatment of immigration by Peio Aierbe in Iruna-Pamplona, a march against the immigration law (ley de extranjeria) in Bilbao on 28 March.
> Basque Country, Catalunya 21-30 March 2008
> Marca-li un gol al racismeCONTRA LA EXCLUSIÓN, POR LA IGUALDADXenofobiaren kontra. Contra el racismoMedios de comunicacion, racismo y xenofobia
> SOS Racismo
> demonstrations 24 April 2008
> No to the systematization of camps. Demonstration against the outrageous Directive
> Demonstration against the Returns Directive that is due to be submitted to the European Parliament on 20 May 2008, calling for MEPs to reject it. The demonstration's manifesto criticises: the extension to 18 months of detention for migrants whose only crime is illegally crossing a border; the detention of children; the 5-year re-entry ban for migrants who are expelled.
> Brussels 7 May 2008
> No to the systematization of campsAppeal. No to the outrageous Directive!Non à la directive de la honte!No a la directiva de la verguenza!No alla direttiva della vergogna!
> Migreurop network and several European NGOs
> campaigns/open letters 26 April 2008
> 33/01 Case against Gestoras Pro Amnistia
> Statement concerning the trial that began on 21 April 2008 against Basque prisoner support and human rights groups Gestoras Pro Amnistia and Askatasuna, in which 27 people face charges and possible sentences of up to ten years in prison for membership of a terrorist organisation (ETA). The defendants claim that the trial is the latest in a series of trials against social movements that presents them as being part of ETA, whereas they have carried out their activities lawfully and publicly for decades, arguing that it is their “tasks and goals” (including “the protection of the human rights of victims of repression” and the “erradication of torture”) that have been “criminalised”. The statement highlights irregularities in the police operations leading to the charges, the difficulty of proving or disproving claims that are “generic” and lacking the “individuality and precision that must be the basis of any criminal charges”, quotes the charge sheet detailing the serious offences of which they are accused, and presents the trial as “political”, noting that they do not expect a “fair trial” in the Audiencia Nacional, a tribunal they describe as “exceptional”.
> 33/01 Case against Gestoras Pro Amnistia (sp)in Englishin Frenchin ItalianDocument detailing the charges for the trial (Sp)
> EHwatch
> campaigns/open letters 22 May 2008
> ASGI press release on violence against Roma
> "ASGI expresses its deep concern and indignation for the very serious episodes of violence against the Roma population that occurred in Naples and other cities. For too long in our country, Roma people have become, as an ethnic-cultural group, the target for systematic violence and verbal and physical aggression, even in the extremely violent forms that characterise removals from camps where they stay, with the destruction of personal belongings, the open expression of contempt and ill-treatment against people... ASGI calls upon all those who care about the protection of fundamental human rights to react to this climate of intolerance by undertaking any kind of initiative that may be useful in order to re-affirm the legal order."
> Comunicato stampa ASGIASGI press release
> Associazione di Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
> publications/research 06 June 2008
> EURO 08: Legal support and helpful advice for football fans
> This information sheet is intended for visitors of the EURO 08 football games in Switzerland. It contains some recommendations and legal advice on how to avoid confrontations with the police and private security personnel and to exercise your rights when dealing with police in Switzerland.
> 2008
> Download leaflet (EN)Download leaflet (DE)Download leaflet (FR)Download leaflet (Turkish)More info on the DJS website
> Democratic Lawyers of Switzerland (DJS)
> publications/research 12 June 2008
> Eyes Wide Shut? The Impact of Embedded Journalism on Dutch Newspaper Coverage of Afghanistan
> The Dutch Ministry of Defence offers journalists embedded expiditions to military operations of Dutch soldiers in Uruzgan. Under the embed policy, three journalists can travel from the Netherlands to Uruzgan every two weeks. They are hosted by the Dutch contingent and fall under the commander’s responsibility. Articles have to be submitted for review on operational security prior to publication. Dutch embedded journalists cooperate closely with the Ministry of Defence before, during and after their embed experience. Many have developed a close relationship with the military as a consequence. Embeddedness raises questions about objectivity, censorship and journalistic independence. A current research by the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies looks at embedded journalism, how it affects Dutch coverage of Afghanistan, and whether regulations for future reporting should be changed. As part of this research HCSS conducted a software-based text mining analysis on Dutch press coverage of Afghanistan. This analysis consists of two parts 1) the comparison of a sample of embedded and unembedded articles, and 2) the analysis of a sample of the complete Dutch press coverage of Afghanistan. Text analysis shows that embedded journalists write mainly about the Dutch troops and their military operational activities while unembedded reporters focus more on the socio-political situation in Afghanistan. While more journalists write about Afghanistan, the focus has narrowed, and the authors suggest that the close interaction between military and journalists may also jeopardise the independence of reporting. The report concludes that the Dutch press in general could benefit from maintaining a professional distance from the military, and finding more ways to complement embedded with unembedded reporting.
> April 2008
> Hague Centre for Strategic StudiesDownload report
> Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
> demonstrations 09 July 2008
> Dosta… Basta … manipolazione e autoreferenzialità. Rom e Sinti: dialogo diretto e ruolo attivo
> Public assembly and demonstration called by the Federazione Rom e Sinti Insieme to say "dosta!" (enough) to racial discrimination against Roma and Sinti people, calling for principles and norms included in constitutional, European and international texts to be implemented, and for the identification of these minorities as an enemy to cease. Treating an entire community as dangerous criminals, is something that is reminiscent of the past, when it has cost many lives, and the media and political class are accused of fostering a climate of racial hatred against them by using mystification and falsehood, without giving them the right to reply.
> Rome 10/07/2008
> Public assembly documentFederazione Rom e Sinti Insieme blog
> Federazione Rom e Sinti Insieme
> publications/research 15 July 2008
> Informe sobre Tortura en el Estado Español, 2007
> The fourth annual report on torture in the Spanish State by the Coordinadora para la prevencion de la tortura, a network of over 40 civil society groups working on the issue of torture in Spain. It provides in-depth details of alleged incidents and a wealth of statistics, as well as monitoring cases from the stage of allegations through to sentencing.
> Spain 31 May 2008
> Informe sobre tortura en el estado espanol 2007summary of the reportCoordinadora para la prevencion de la tortura website
> Coordinadora para la prevencion de la tortura
> publications/research 05 January 2011
> Prevent and Tame. Protest under (Self)Control
> The contributors to the edited collection "Prevent and Tame" argue that the understanding of the interplay between social movements and power is crucial when analysing ongoing struggles. The articles reflect on how current neo-liberal or neo-social transformations affect social movement practices, including the impact of surveillance, the criminalization and stigmatization of protest, and how these can lead movements to engage in self-taming behaviour amongst themselves. The stated aim of the book, however, is not to tame protest by over-amplifying its apparent obstacles, but to prevent its energy from being pointlessly wasted or misdirected. "Prevent and Tame" is published in the series "Manuskripte" of the German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and includes contributions by Stephen Gill, Peter Ullrich, Florian Heßdörfer, Andrej Holm, Anne Roth, Marco Tullney, Michael Shane Boyle, Darcy K. Leach, Sebastian Haunss and Nick Montgomery.
> Berlin November 2010
> Prevent and Tame
> Florian Heßdörfer, Andrea Pabst, Peter Ullrich (Eds.)
> demonstrations 12 January 2011
> 7 gennaio 2011. Un anno dopo
> A demonstration was held in Rosarno to mark a year after hundreds of African seasonal workers were chased out of the town after protesting against the ill-treatment that they suffered. The Rete Radici network is monitoring conditions in the area after the revolt which unveiled the exploitation that migrant workers experience, and has published a report.
> Rosarno (Calabria) 7 January 2011
> 7 gennaio 2011 Rosarno un anno dopoCall for the demonstration. A un anno dalla rivolta di Rosarno tutto e cambiato ma nulla e cambiato
> Rete Radici
> meetings/conferences 12 January 2011
> Nella crisi, contro la crisi nasce la R@P
> A seminar seeking to give rise to a mobilisation from below to support the needs of workers and people who are undermined by the crisis through practical initiatives and to oppose the repression of struggles.
> Rome 15 January 2011
> Nella crisi, contro la crisi nasce la R@P
> R@P, rete dell'autorganizzazione popolare
> demonstrations 12 January 2011
> Comunicato corteo 14 dicembre 2010
> This statement by the students' network Rete della conoscenza celebrates the dozens of demonstrations held throughout Italy on 14 December 2010 involving "hundreds of thousands of middle school, high school and university students" to complain against minister Gelmini's reform of the public education system. It highlights that in Rome the city was militarised and deserted, and juxtaposes the repression outside the parliament with the situation inside it, "reduced to a ridiculous cattle market", in reference to the vote of confidence won by Berlusconi.
> Rome 14 December 2010
> Comunicato corteo 14 dicembre 2010
> Rete della conoscenza
> publications/research 26 January 2011
> Crisis-policy EU threatens democracy
> EU member countries parliaments to loose power over economical issues if new EU crisis-policy is accepted
> 19 Januari 2011
> Corporate EU-topia (CEO, pdf))Dutch report
> publications/research 19 February 2011
> European Commission and Europol refuse to supply data on the implementation of the EU-US TFPT (SWIFT) agreement as it is "Top Secret"
> Tony Bunyan, Statewatch Director, comments: "If Europol are saying that the information requested is classified as "Top Secret" this is an abuse of the EU's classified information system. The data requested is aggregated containing no personal or operational information. The Agreement was negotiated in secret now it seems its is to be implemented in secret - out of sight of governments, parliaments and people. This sets a very dangerous precedent for future agreements with the USA."
> Feb 2011
> More at Statewatch website
> demonstrations 04 March 2011
> Apello Genova 2001 - 2011
> Ten years ago hundreds of thousands people of all ages and genders, from all over the world, gathered in Genova to denounce the risks of globalization within neoliberalism. They joined together in protest against G8 leaders’ seeking to convince the world that commoditising everything would bring about welfare for all. (...) Now, yesterday’s reasons are even clearer. (...) We propose to all people that since then have been standing up for rights and the principles of the Genova 2001 protest to set up the conditions to meet in Genova in July 2011. The aim is to weave stronger networks of resistance, solidarity, hope and alternatives to prevent the reversion to barbarism.
> June 2011
> More information
> meetings/conferences 16 March 2011
> Turkish state terror and the struggle for Kurdish language rights
> Turkish state terror under the guise of 'counter-terrorism' has historically enabled the eradication of Kurdish identity and culture. The legacy of Turkish state violence against the Kurds remains in the unsolved mass disappearances and the lack of justice and accountability for torture and other crimes against humanity. Kurds today still routinely face collective repression for speaking in their mother tongue. Prosecutions under terrorism laws for simply saying the words 'Kurd' and 'Kurdistan' indicate the scale of the institutional violence of denying an entire people the right to speak their language and express their true identity.
> London Tuesday, 29 March
> More information
> campaigns/open letters 22 March 2011
> The 11th BigBrotherAwards ceremony 2011
> The "Oscars for data leeches" will be awarded on Friday, 1 April 2011 at 6 p.m. (18:00 CEST = UTC+2) at the Hechelei, Ravensberger Spinnerei (travel information [German]) in Bielefeld, Germany. If you want to attend the awards ceremony, you can buy tickets at our online shop (page in German). A live video stream of the ceremony will be provided on this website.
> Werbsite
> publications/research 30 March 2011
> (NL) Shoplifters to pay extra fine to shopkeeper
> A new program will become active in the Netherlands for shopkeepers who catch someone stealing from their shop. They have to register for "Afrekenen met winkeldieven" ("arrange the bill with shopkeepers") If they catch a shoplifter and hand the person over to the police, this person (the shoplifter that is) will be 'automatically' sentenced to pay a fine of 151 Euro to the shopkeeper. The fine comes on top of whatever other sentence the shoplifter gets.
> April 2011
> Article at nu.nl
> campaigns/open letters 11 April 2011
> French government wants internet passwords of its citizens
> The French government has decided that from march 1 on internet providers to be legally compulsory to provide data on its clients, including their passwords. The 'Association des Services Internet Communautaires' (ASIC) who represent internet users http://www.lasic.fr/ filed a complaint against this plan at the Conseil d’Etat., the highest court in the country
> More on website lasic.fr
> campaigns/open letters 19 April 2011
> Fortnum 145
> Fortnum 145 is a campaign by friends and family to support the 145 people who were arrested and charged following the occupation of Fortnum and Mason on 26 March this year.
> website
> publications/research 01 May 2011
> Political policing in Britain ahead of the Big Day
> If anyone was in any doubt that we have a highly politicized, out-of-control police force in this country with scant regard for basic rights, the build up to the royal wedding will have provided a much-needed corrective. When it comes to our divinely ordained rulers, even the most minimal pretence at neutrality and respect for due process has been dropped and the attitudes and motivations of law enforcement laid bare.
> 28 April 2011
> Article on opendemocracy.net
> Guy Aitchison
> publications/research 01 May 2011
> “Committing a protest”: The Charing Cross arrests
> The following is an anonymous personal account of the arrests of ten activists yesterday morning in London.
> 30 April 2011
> Backgroundaccount of arrest
> meetings/conferences 09 May 2011
> (SK) Conference From Theory to Practice: Creative Action Towards Social Change,
> Looking at the European political situation and its transformation in the past few years, one thing can be seen clearly. The years of the global financial crisis have been very helpful for nationalist, racist and far-right parties, groups and movements. (...) The aim of the conference is to form a platform for new ideas and strategies for the European antidiscrimination movement. In a time when far-right groups are more and more successful in recruiting new members and addressing a large part of the population, fresh strategies and ideas are needed.
> Bratislava (SK) 16-21 May 2011
> Announcement (English)
> campaigns/open letters 09 May 2011
> Court case for indemnity after G8 searches 2007
> On May 9 2007, a few weeks before the G8-summit in Heiligendamm, German police stormed around 40 houses and offices of people thought to be involved in organizing protest against the G8. The Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) later judged these searches to be illegal. But up till now the German authorities refuse to pay any indemnity to the victims of these searches. Therefore they are going to court again to demand these. The courtcase will be on May 20 in Hamburg.
> More information in German
> campaigns/open letters 19 May 2011
> Austria: Animal Rights Activists acquitted
> Three years after Police in Vienna invaded 23 houses and issued arrest orders against 10 persons on suspicion of forming a 'criminal organisation' (for organising animal rights actions) all 13 (3 were added later) accused were found not guilty.
> BlogWebsite
> campaigns/open letters 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
> publications/research 09 July 2011
> Police violence and mass arrest at evictions in Amsterdam
> One of the squatted buildings that Amsterdam police evicted on Tuesday July 5 in Amsterdam was the 'cultural freeplace' Schijnheilig. Demonstrators decided to not try to 'defend' the building against the police, but instead opened the doors and organised a concert on the street in front of the building. This concert and the people present were attacked by police, who beat people up severely and arrested almost 150 persons. Those of the arrested refusing to tell their name are still in prison and have been put in 'foreigner detention' (which can be for almost unlimited time)
> 05 July 2011
> Eye witness account in EnglishDutch updates
> publications/research 11 August 2011
> Suspect Communities’? Counter-terrorism policy, the press, and the impact on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain
> Report of a research project: A comparative study of the representations of ‘suspect’ communities in multi-ethnic Britain and of their impact on Muslim and Irish communities 1974-2007.
> July 2011
> Report (pdf)
> London Metropolitan University
> campaigns/open letters 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'
> demonstrations 01 September 2011
> (GE)Freedom, not Fear
> The annual demonstration against the surveillance state starts at 13:00 at the Brandenburger Tor
> Berlin 10 September 2011
> Website
> publications/research 29 September 2011
> Conference speeches Statewatching Europe: Civil Liberties, the State and the EU
> Statewatchs 20th anniversary conference was held at Conway Hall in London on Saturday 25th June 2011. More than 220 people from 18 EU countries registered and over 30 NGOs attended the conference.
> September 2011
> Videos and material on website
> publications/research 03 October 2011
> Unlock the truth in Lithuania: Investigate Secret Prisons Now
> "In the continuing absence of any meaningful accountability in the USA, and increasingly disturbing signs that the same may happen in other European countries, the Lithuanian government should re-open its criminal investigation into both its own involvement in these operations, and that of the USA and its agents on Lithuanian territory, and conduct an independent, impartial, thorough and ef fective investigation that will serve as a model for accountability across the region."
> September 2011
> Report on Lithuania (pdf)
> Amnesty International
> publications/research 25 November 2011
> (FR) Racial profiling and anti-poor byelaws
> An anti-chiffonnage (literally anti-"rag-and-bone activities") byelaw was adopted on 21 October 2011 by a French municipality, Nogent-sur-Marne in the southeast of Paris. It replaced a previous byelaw that had been adopted on 5 October 2011 prohibiting "scavenging" in public bins (fine of 38 Euros). [1] The anti-chiffonnage byelaw was suspended by the Administrative Court of Melun on 22 November 2011 after the Human Rights League launched a successful simplified appeal procedure: this leads to the temporary suspension of a decision, until a more in-depth investigation and decision is made by the Tribunal.
> 22 November 2011
> English article at StatewatchAnnouncement LDH in French
> publications/research 20 December 2011
> Hungarian Government to Create Top-rank National Security Informational Center
> The Hungarian government came up with a new proposal, which talks about the setting up of a National Security Informational and Criminal Analysis Center. This new government body could freely roam about in other government databases and could collect and retain our data without any restriction. The monster feeding on our personal data is digging privacy’s grave even deeper.
> 30 November 2011
> More details on website HCLU
> publications/research 18 January 2012
> the meaning of treaties and readmission agreements between Italy and north African states
> The Italian government and the EU are attempting to urgently re-establish readmission agreements with new regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya with scant regard for the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers. A �state of emergency� has been declared in Italy which has allowed the government to derogate from certain laws and fast-track the application process.
> Jan 2012
> Statewatch analysis (pdf)
> Yasha Maccanico
> publications/research 01 February 2012
> When Preparing for Major Events, How Should Cities Balance Civil Rights and Security?
> The G8/NATO summit heading to Chicago this spring is still several months off, but the city’s security preparations are in full swing. Officials recently expanded Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s authority and increased the application requirements for protest groups in preparation for the Chicago’s turn in the international spotlight this May.
> 30 January 2012
> Article on website Atlantic Cities
> David Lepeska
> campaigns/open letters 22 February 2012
> Mr Doros Polycarpou, Executive Director of KISA, is being prosecuted on charges of rioting, following tragic events at the Rainbow Festival on 5 November 2010, in Larnaca, Cyprus.We believe this trial is yet another hostile attempt to prevent KISA from upholding the fundamental rights of migrants. Moreover, this trial demonstrates the failure of the Cypriot authorities to fully respect international human rights principles [1], EU law [2]and casts doubts on Cyprus’s suitability to take over the EU presidency in July 2012. This joint statement is open to signatures to any other supportive organisation (press contact: nicola.flamigni@picum.org)
> EuroMediterranean Human Rights Network/ European Network Against Racism /Migreurop/ PICUM
> campaigns/open letters 28 February 2012
> Campaign for access of civil society and journalists for detention centres in Europe and Beyond:OPEN ACCESS NOW!
> European Alternatives and Migreurop, together with more than 20 organisations all over Europe launch the Campaign 'Open Access Now'. In Europe today, roughly 600,000 people including children are detained every year, most often without a court decision.Today, in most EU countries, journalists and civil society have very limited access to migrant detention centres. Often, even when one accesses it is impossible to meet people in detention, or even to talk to them. Generally, only Members of national and European Parliaments have right of access. This lack of transparency increases the risk of malpractice and numerous rights violations. Places where foreigners are detained must not remain a reality that is hidden from us. Why should we not have access? We want to know what is happening there.
> Campaign for access of civil society and
> Migreurop / European Alternatives
> publications/research 06 March 2012
> Verein Grundrechte Schweiz on repression during WEF in Davos
> Every year the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos. Security is tight and rights of demonstrators and media are often infringed. Verein Grundrechte Schweiz collected the facts of repression during this years' WEF
> 31 January 2012
> Website (German)
> Verein Grundrechte Schweiz
> publications/research 22 March 2012
> Greece: a suicide of "increasing austerity"
> The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH), the Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR) and the French League of Human Rights, (LDH), consider that austerity measures imposed on Greece lead the society to a dramatic and suicidal situation.
> February 2012
> Declaration on website HLHR
> Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR)
> publications/research 22 March 2012
> Counter-terrorism, Policy Laundering and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force)
> Ben Hayes' study on Counter-terrorism, Policy Laundering and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force): legalizing surveillance, regulating civil society gives a thorough account of an important institutional phenomenon: the world of financial regulation of non-profit organisations (NPOs) in the post 9/11 era.
> February 2012
> Report as pdf-file
> Ben Hayes TNI/Statewatch
> publications/research 18 April 2012
> Protester receives Olympics asbo
> London man who opposed construction of basketball venue believed to be first to receive wide-ranging ban from Olympics
> London 17 April 2012
> Article in The Guardian
> Guardian
> publications/research 19 April 2012
> German Government wants to retain information on all internet traffic
> According to a leaked law proposal, the German government wants to collect - and retain for 7 days - all traffic on internet (including mobile phones and email).
> 18 April 2012
> German article Vorratsdatenspeicherung
> Arbeitskreise Vorratsdatenspeicherung
> meetings/conferences 09 May 2012
> Frankfurt authorities try to ban all protests
> Organisations have been planning protests at the European Central bank (ECB) in Frankfurt from May 16-19 to protest EU austerity policies. Local authorities have been refusing to cooperate with the organisers, and have now issued an prohibition of all protests and demonstrations during those days (including a mass demonstration on Saturday May 19).
> Frankfurt 09 May 2012
> More informationSign petition against ban here
> Blockupy Frankfurt
> campaigns/open letters 10 May 2012
> Letter to Frankfurt Mayor Roth
> The German Grundrechtekomitee has written an open letter to Frankfurt Mayor Roth, to denounce the ban on demonstrations against the European Central Bank
> Open Letter (German)
> Grundrechtekomitee
> campaigns/open letters 14 May 2012
> Grundrechtekomitee calls for demonstration against Frankfurt Ban
> Local authorities in Frankfurt have declared a complete ban on all actions and demonstrations. To protest against this the Komitee fur Grundrechte und Demokratie calls for a demonstration on May 17 in Frankfurt
> German call on website Grundrechtekomitee
> Komitee fur Grundrechte
> campaigns/open letters 07 June 2012
> NO Border Camp in Stockholm - PETITION for a world without borders
> In accordance with the accusation and horrific evidence presented by Tribunal 12 about Fort Europe, the struggle along the vision for a world where no one have the right to restrict the free movement and existence of others, is now more than ever needed. The violence of the borders are always kept silenced. This is something we never have a moral obligation to accept or maintain.We call for everyone to sign our petition and if they can join us the 17th June demonstration, For a World Without Borders!The demonstration will open the No Border Camp Stockhölm, which starts on the 17th and fills the week with activities, lectures, seminars and workshops, all related to the world we live in where borders constantly are in the way of people living in peace and free movement.
> CALL FOR DONATION - Boats 4 People: work in progress - "For freedom and solidarity in the Mediterranean sea , without dead at sea".PETITION for a world without borders ! Print and share the posterFacebook event
> No Border Sweden
> publications/research 21 June 2012
> ENS: European Network on Statelessness
> ENS raises awareness about statelessness, and provides a platform for collaboration among civil society organizations.
> June 2012
> Website ENS
> publications/research 18 July 2012
> The Caricole, as seen from the inside
> Description of the Caricole, the new high tech asylum prison near Zaventem airport in Belgium
> Brussels 14 June 2012
> Article on website
> Renee/Indymedia Brussels
> campaigns/open letters 11 September 2012
> Refugee support group issues 'passport for Amsterdam'
> Regugee support group ASKV has issued a 'passport for Amsterdam' for undocumented migrants
> Passport on website ASKV
> publications/research 25 October 2012
> University research shows US authorities have access to Dutch internet'cloud'.
> Report of Institute for Information Right (University of Amsterdam) reveals that the American Patriot Act claims the right to access computer information stored in 'cloud'even if this storage takes place outside of the USA.
> September 2012
> Report (in Dutch)Website IVIR
> publications/research 25 October 2012
> Prohibition of gathering in Frankfurt deemed unlawful
> One of the events that was declared illegal and subjected to police repression in Frankfurt during the 'Blockupy'protests in May 2012 was organised by the Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie to protest the prohibitions. The Verwaltungsgericht has decided that the prohibition was unlawful.
> 10 October 2012
> German article
> Komitee fuer Grundrechte und Demokratie
> campaigns/open letters 25 October 2012
> 6000 Euro fine for asking permission for demonstration
> The person who officially registred the demonstration of September 25 (against the austerity measures in Madrid) received a fine of 6000 euro
> Spanish article
> El Ventano
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2012
> Many injustices at mass court case against 46 Turkish lawyers
> 46 lawyers are being prosecuted, accused of supporting the Turkish independance struggle. Some of the lawyers are being held in prinson for over a year. The German lawyers organisation RAV is present at the court cases to register the proceedings, and has registered many worrying injustices.
> Press Release RAV (German)
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2012
> Troika for everyone, forever
> "Harsh loan conditions and a wave of EU-laws that prescribe neoliberal policies have triggered a major attack on welfare and democracy in Europe. Can it get any worse? A look at the proposals for a fiscal union and deeper economic integration shows quite clearly that it can."
> Article on Website
> Corporate Europe Observatory
> publications/research 21 November 2012
> Why privacy matters
> Privacy International asked lawyers, activists, researchers and hackers at Defcon 2012 about some of the debates that thrive at the intersection between law, technology and privacy. We also wanted to know why privacy matters to them, and what they thought the future of privacy looked like. This video is a result of those conversations.
> 20 November 2012
> Article with video
> Emma Draper/Privacy International
> publications/research 28 November 2012
> German Secret service spies on leftist MPs
> According to the weekly Welt am Sonntag, Minister of interior Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) ordered the secret service (Verfassungsschutz) to spy on 25 (of in total 76) members of parliament of the leftist party Die Linke. Also four members of the European Parliament would be spied on. The minister refused to confirm this disclosure, but had stated to the same magazine that Die Linke would be object of observation as long as they "comprised extremists". The leader of the Linke Fraction Gregor Gysi protested vehemently against the Verfassungschutz act, as "Die Linke does not form a threat tot the security of the state". He got the support of the Social Democrats and The Greens, both demanding stopping of the activities.
> 28 November 2012
> German Article in Die WeltGerman article on reactions in parliament
> Kees/Statewatch
> publications/research 10 December 2012
> The moral sadism of the Dutch State
> Desperate to eject some refugees it does not want, the Netherlands is refining the art of radical deprivation. No single step, no single decision, no single action in this process is horrible. Yet the cumulative effect is grotesque.
> 4 December 2012
> Article on openDemocracy
> Markha Valenta
> campaigns/open letters 11 December 2012
> Open letter to Dutch Minister on plan for remote searches of computers
> 43 NGO's sign letter against plans to grant Dutch police the authority to break into local and foreign computers and remotely conduct searches and delete data in the course of a criminal investigation.
> Open letter (pdf)
> 43 NGO's
> publications/research 11 December 2012
> 24% of EU population 'at risk of poverty or social exclusion'
> Twenty-four percent of the EU population - or 119.6 million people - were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2011, according to Eurostat figures published yesterday (3 December).
> 04 December 2012
> Article at EurActiv
> Eurostat/EurActiv
> publications/research 04 January 2013
> New video on Canadas 'Refugee Exclusion Act'
> On December 15, 2012, the Refugee Exclusion Act (Bill C-31, formally the "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act") will be fully implemented. Please watch, and share this video, of past and current immigration detainees and No One Is Illegal - Toronto organizers explaining the impacts of these new laws. Filmed by Liberation Cooperative Organization outside the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre.
> 14 December 2012
> New VideoKey Facts about Detention
> No One is Illegal Toronto
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> Amsterdam's Plan to Resettle "Antisocial Tenants" in Containment Camps Set to Begin This Month
> Amsterdam (...) has announced an illiberal social containment and human disposability scheme to house what the Dutch are calling "antisocial tenants." The plan is to warehouse live bodies - or an ever-mounting population of surplus labor - in converted shipping containers.
> Article on Truthout
> Danny Weil, Truthout
> publications/research 29 January 2013
> COUNTER-GANGS: A history of undercover military units in Northern Ireland 1971-1976
> COUNTER-GANGS: A history of undercover military units in Northern Ireland 1971-1976 shows how the application of colonial counter-insurgency theory led to the recruitment of paramilitaries by plain-clothes army units in the early 1970s.
> 28 january 2013
> Announcement on websiteReport (as pdf)State Violence and Collusion Project
> Pat Finucane Centre and Spinwatch
> publications/research 29 January 2013
> Nestlé condemned for spying on activists
> Swiss multinational Nestlé was condemned to pay thousands of euros to two activists from Attac who were writing a book on the company, and were spied on by a security firm sent by Nestlé.
> 25 January 2013
> German article in WirtschaftsBlatt
> WirtschaftsBlatt
> campaigns/open letters 29 January 2013
> The 1949 Causeway Green ‘riots’ reassessed
> Kevin Searle’s ‘“Mixing of the unmixables”: the 1949 Causeway Green “riots” in Birmingham’ examines a hitherto unknown landmark in British race relations which throws into question standard accounts of postwar immigration.
> Press release IRRChapter in Race & Class
> Kevin Searle/IRR
> publications/research 07 February 2013
> Another critique of the new Immigration Rules’ codification of Article 8
> The Upper Tribunal has concluded that new Immigration Rules do not adequately reflect the Secretary of State’s obligations under Article 8 of the ECHR.
> 4 February 2013
> Article on UKHRblog
> Rosalind English/UK HR Blog
> publications/research 07 February 2013
> No-Go Zones: Map Will Detail Germany's Neo-Nazi Hotspots
> A German nonprofit organization is set to launch an interactive map that will show where neo-Nazi activities are concentrated across the country. Designed as a research tool, it also has relevance for the broader public, who may use it in a manner similar to crime map websites.
> 29 January 2013
> Article on website Der Spiegel
> Der Spiegel
> meetings/conferences 28 February 2013
> Public meeting: "Lawyers on Trial in Turkey: Implications for Establishing Peace and Justice"
> To be a lawyer in modern Turkey is to enter an increasingly high risk profession. Many human rights lawyers in Turkey now languish in jail following repeated raids by anti-terror police and special operations squads on the offices of political activists and the arrest of lawyers for representing their clients.
> London: Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1 28 February 2013
> Announcement on website CAMPACC
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> Newest Amendment to Hungary’s Fundamental Law Would Seriously Undermine the Rule of Law
> Three Hungarian NGOs, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Eötvös Károly Institute and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union addressed the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the European Commission Vice-President, Commissioner in Charge of Justice, Human Rights and Citizenship in order to raise their attention to the planned Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary, threatening the rule of law.
> More on website
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> No to secret justice: The letter from 700 legal professionals
> Dear Sir, I strongly oppose the Government’s plan in the Justice and Security Bill to extend the controversial Closed Material Procedures (CMP) to ordinary civil law cases and oust the court’s jurisdiction to hear certain Norwich Pharmacal applications for disclosure.
> More on website CAMPACC
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> AEDH reaffirms that personal data protection is a fundamental right that must be strengthened
> The European Parliament’s presentation of its 16 January 2013 draft report regarding the processing and free movement of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation1) does take positive steps forward but there is still progress to be made. The upcoming adoption of the final amendments to this regulation provides an opportunity to do so.
> Press Release (pdf)
> publications/research 11 April 2013
> A Three-Fold Attack On Protest
> A promotional video for the Defend the Right to Protest Conference that took place on 14th October 2012. The film looks at the history of the police, the development of militarised methods of policing, and the increasing criminalisation of protest.
> October 2012
> Online video
> Dialectical Films
> campaigns/open letters 11 April 2013
> What is it that you do not understand, mr prime minister?
> A magazine cover showing a photoshopped image of the Greek Prime Minister with torture scars on his face, in direct reference to the Greek Police’s use of torture, sparked controversy, with MPs maintaining that it is “an invitation to terrorism”.
> Article on Borderline Reports
> Augustine Zenakos, Borderline Reports
> publications/research 28 April 2013
> Venice Commission Reexamines the Hungarian Fundamental Law
> The delegation of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, has visited Hungary with the mandate to reexamine and reevaluate the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary and its potential consequences.
> 17 April 2013
> Article on website HCLU
> campaigns/open letters 29 April 2013
> Launching Big Brother Awards (Belgium)
> On May 30th the Big Brother Award will be announced, voting has started on 8 candidates.
> WebsiteAnnouncement at datapanik.org (Dutch)
> campaigns/open letters 13 June 2013
> Government's legal aid cuts threaten to 'decimate' access to justice - new warning
> The government’s proposed cuts to legal aid and restrictions to the judicial review process constitute an unprecedented threat to accessing justice in England and Wales, Amnesty International has said ahead of a demonstration outside the Ministry of Justice tomorrow.
> Call on website AIUK
> Amnesty International UK
> campaigns/open letters 20 June 2013
> A World Refugee Day ... for refugees the European Union still does not want to accept - Joint Appeal
> On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, AEDH and its members issue a joint appeal expressing their disappointement with the minimum reform to the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the urge for a European Union showing solidarity and offering a dignified reception to the refugees who ask for our help.
> Appeal on website AEDH
> campaigns/open letters 11 July 2013
> Statement on covert police surveillance of Newham Monitoring Project
> It is alarming that a Metropolitan police undercover surveillance unit, the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), targeted Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) and serves as a reminder of the levels of corruption and misuse of power within the police that we have tirelessly campaigned against for years.
> Announcement on website
> Newham Monitoring Project (NMP)
> campaigns/open letters 14 August 2013
> After PRISM : 181 ONGs ask for less surveillance and improved data protection standards
> As technologies that facilitate State surveillance of communications advance, States are failing to ensure that laws and regulations related to communications surveillance adhere to international human rights and adequately protect the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. This document attempts to explain how international human rights law applies in the current digital environment, particularly in light of the increase in and changes to communications surveillance technologies and techniques.
> Announcement on website EAFSJOriginal call