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> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Action on Rights for Children (ARCH)
> ARCH is a network of people committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
> UK 
> ARCH website
> 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
> 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
> 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)
> demonstrations 10 March 2006
> Invitation to join in first annual international action against immigration detention
> To all organisations and individuals opposed to the detention of refugees and other migrants. You are invited to participate in a period of actions against immigration detention in countries around the world in April 2006 including the weekend of 15-16 April. The aim is to spread opposition to detention; create contacts between anti-detention groups in different countries; move towards a more prepared and larger second period of international anti detention actions in April 2007. Please send updates and details on events or actions to barbedwirebritain.org.uk
> Worldwide April 2006
> Barbed-wire Britain website
> UK and Australian anti-detention and refugee rights groups
> publications/research 23 May 2006
> Informe Anual sobre el racismo en el Estado español 2006
> Annual report by SOS Racismo which includes a review of racist incidents and analysis, divided into sections on EU policies, the Roma, immigration policy and legislation in Spain, the tragedy on the southern borders, the situation of minors, social and employment rights, the media, racism in society, racism by members of police forces and private security firms, and the far right.
> Spain April 2006
> SOS Racismo MadridSOS Racismo - informe Anual 2006 (buy it here)
> SOS Racismo
> 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
> 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
> meetings/conferences 19 June 2006
> Children: Over Surveilled, Under Protected
> The government is introducing radical changes in children’s services aimed at improving early identification and intervention with children thought to be at risk of failing to reach their potential. They place a particular emphasis on identifying children who might become delinquent or achieve poorly at school. As part of this policy, several databases are being set up which will contain extensive personal information about children and their families. The amount of data collected will radically alter the privacy of family life and many concerns have been raised about the potential harmful effects of such large-scale surveillance.
> Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House Building, LSE 27 June 2006, 2-5 pm
> Conference website
> publications/research 22 June 2006
> Menores extranjeros no acompañados en Andalucía. Entre la represión y protección.
> Report on the treatment of unaccompanied foreign minors in Andalusia. Examines the situation of these minors, existing legislation and practices for their protection, public policies for their repatriation, and concludes that "they are minors requiring protection before being migrants", after providing a critical assessment of repressive measures against this collective.
> Sevilla June 2006
> Menores extranjeros no acompañados en Andalucía. Entre la represión y protección.Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> 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 06 October 2006
> European Appeal: No minors in detention (for signature)
> International law does not allow the detention of minors on the basis of immigration status or the forced return of minors. However, the majority of European countries detain and remove foreign minors and national laws allow the detention and forced removal of children. EU Member States are discussing an EU directive on common standards and procedures for returning illegally staying third-country nationals, including children. The signatory organisations demand that EU law prohibit these practices and present amendments to the draft directive.
> European Appeal: No minors in detentionEuropean Appeal: No minors in detention (French)Anafe document on minors in isolation in reception areasList of ANAFE documents concerning minors in isolationAssociation Nationale d'Assistance aux Frontières pour les ÉtrangersCIMADE
> ANAFE, CIMADE and other organisations
> 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
> 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 Derechos Humanos en la Frontera Sur 2006
> 2006 edition of this comprehensive annual report on human rights on the southern border of Spain makes for some thought-provoking reading. It reports a three-fold increase in the number of deaths (1,167 documented deaths, estimates of up to 7,000), continuing and serious human rights violations by Morocco, acting on behalf of the EU and, albeit less crudely, by Spanish authorities, in repatriations, detention centres, etc. It also focuses on the allocation of vast resources for border controls and on attempts to involve African countries in preventing emigration, in what is deceitfully referred to as "cooperation".
> Andalucía January 2007
> Informe sobre Derechos Humanos en la Frontera Sur 2006 (Spanish)APDHA press releaseAsociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía website
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA)
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 02 February 2007
> “Decreto Gentiloni” e contrasto alla pedopornografia & La violenza giovanile e il caso Google: ennesimo pretesto per invocare censura e repressione
> Two statements by ALCEI, which works in defence of Internet freedom in Italy. The first criticises the establishment, as a measure implementing the law against prostitution, pornography, sexual tourism involving children and new forms of slavery, of the “National centre to combat paedopornography” to collect information, investigate people suspected of divulging material with paedopornographic content and draw up blacklists of websites and illegal contents, which ISPs will have to block or remove within six hours of communication. “Experience has amply shown how this kind of measures is ineffective in the ‘protection of minors’, in the prevention or repression of violence, etcetera, while it opens up the road to all sorts of censorship, prohibition and intrusiveness that can be indiscriminately applied to any kind of ‘unwelcome’ opinion.” The second expresses alarm about the debate that followed the publication on Youtube of images of a disabled child being ill-treated by classmates, in which responsibility was apportioned to “Internet” rather than the culprits, and there were renewed calls for “censorship and repression”, with ISPs and search engines singled out as targets for punishment (and Google facing possible penal proceedings in this case) if they fail to monitor and censor contents.
> “Decreto Gentiloni” e contrasto alla pedopornografia (Italian)La violenza giovanile e il caso Google: ennesimo pretesto per invocare censura e repressioneThe "Google case" in Italy: one more excuse for censorship and repression (English)ALCEI website
> ALCEI, Associazione per la Libertà nelle Comunicazioni Elettroniche Interattive
> campaigns/open letters 02 February 2007
> Placement des mineurs migrants en centre de retention: une atteinte intolerable aux droits de l’enfant
> Statement criticising the detention of migrant children in closed centres in the EU, which offers an interesting overview, noting that there are three categories of states: those that expressly allow the detention of migrant children (Netherlands and Belgium), those that explicitly prohibit it (Finland, Ireland, Italy) although practices sometimes contravene the theory, and hybrid regimes (such as France or the UK). AEDH calls for the detention of migrant children arriving on European territory to be categorically forbidden. The statement mentions a case heard by the ECtHR, which ruled against Belgium on 12 October 2006 in a case involving the detention and expulsion to Kinshasa in 2002 of a 5-year-old Congolese child travelling through Belgium en route to Canada, where she was meant to rejoin her mother, a refugee (Mubilanzila Mayeke and Kaniki Mitunga vs. Belgium). A press conference on 21 December was accompanied by the lodging of two lawsuits, one calling for the release of all children detained in Belgium, and another accusing the interior ministry of contravening norms on obligatory schooling, and the prohibitions of arbitrary detention and inhuman and degrading treatment, by detaining children.
> Placement des mineurs migrants en centre de retention: une atteinte intolerable aux droits de l’enfant (French)AEDH website
> AEDH, Association européenne pour la défense des droits de l’homme
> 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 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
> meetings/conferences 11 July 2007
> Human rights violations at the borders
> Migreurop organizes a 3-days seminar (July 23-24-25, 2007) in Cecina (Italy) on the theme of human rights violation at the borders. The aim is to share field experiences with NGOs from different countries, in order to make a census of resources of the legal resistance already practiced, especially with reference to the ECHR, and to draw conclusions to promote an international legal tool for protecting persons at the borders (whatever the nationality or the status, and whatever the borders).
> Cecina (Italy) 23-25 July 2007
> Human rights violations at the borderViolations des droits humains aux frontieresViolacion de los derechos humanos en las fronterasviolazioni dei diritti umani alle frontiere
> Migreurop
> campaigns/open letters 30 July 2007
> Llamamiento público para que se garanticen los derechos de los menores no acompañados
> This public call and campaign for the rights of unaccompanied migrant minors to be guaranteed follows an announcement by the Andalusian government that it will repatriate 800 minors, returning them to their families. Referring to these repatriations as "camouflaged expulsions", the authors stress that the children's condition as immigrants is proving more important than their status as vulnerable children, which is protected by international legal instruments.
> Joint statement by APDHA and Andalucía AcogeManifesto for the respect of minors' rightsCampaign - unaccompanied minors at risk of expulsion (sign here)
> APDHA and Andalucía Acoge
> 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
> »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 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 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 06 May 2008
> SOS Racismo opposes the returns directive
> The national federation of SOS Racismo criticises the return directive that is due for approval due to its extension of the length of detention of migrants, the possibility of migrants being held in prisons (albeit separately from ordinary prisoners) in the absence of places in detention detention centres, of detaining minors, and the five-year re-entry ban. Calls on Spanish MEPs to reject the directive.
> La federacion estatal de SOS Racismo se opone a la inminente aprobacion de la directiva europea de la verguenza
> Federacion Estatal de SOS Racismo
> 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
> 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 19 April 2011
> Calais Video Breaking Headlines across France
> After initially breaking on Rue89 the French media Channel TF1 has just released a video composed of several clips from the work of CMS (Calais Migrants Solidarity ). The police are shown pepper-spraying, being violent, abusive and unprofessional. This video combines several already high profile clips including the police playing loud music whilst raiding Africa House at night and the PAF punching an activist holding a video camera. A CMS activist talks to a radio interviewer about working on the ground in Calais and the use of video cameras in escalating violence towards migrants. A police spokesperson also attempts to claim that the police are highly professional whilst a clip of them playing football during a squat raid runs in the background.
> April 2011
> VideoAnnouncement CMS
> publications/research 09 July 2011
> Health Care abused to control migration in Europe
> By restricting access to health care for undocumented inhabitants (and their families!) European countries try to get rid of illegalised immigrants.
> 25 June 2011
> Comparative research in 16 European countries (pdf) Article on Doorbraak-website (Dutch)Huma Network
> publications/research 30 July 2011
> Hungary: invisibles
> In Hungary large scale institutions still house 15 thousand people living with disabilities, often under inhumane circumstances. Watch the HCLU's new film about why this situation has to change, and why it has to change now
> July 13 2011
> Film on website HCLU
> publications/research 11 August 2011
> Tolebook clip
> This videoclip has been made by young teenagers of the Diekirch Lycée in Luxembourg as to draw attention of young people on the risks created by the social network Facebook in terms of intolerance and racism.
> 8 July 2011
> On website AEDHLink to clip on youtube
> 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
> meetings/conferences 21 November 2011
> Media and the Riots
> a unique one-day conference that brings together young people from riot areas and media practitioners in a long-overdue and much needed dialogue. The event will be informative, educative and practical with general sessions and youth-focused breakout workshops. Afterwards, the plan is to produce a report, perhaps in multi-media format, that will have a positive impact on future media coverage of our communities.
> London 26 November
> more on website Latest.com
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2012
> Humanitarian organizations call to action to help homeless migrants in Denmark
> In Denmark there are homeless migrants, for whom the dream of a job and a better life has ended in homelessness and social marginalization. They spend the night on mattresses in damp basements or parks, and are struggling to make it through the day. They live a miserable life on the street without fundamental rights or the opportunity to get the needed help in order to get off the streets and move on with their lives. Four private organizations, all working with vulnerable and homeless people, want to change the situation for the homeless migrants in Denmark. They have started a campaign to persuade the Danish politicians to take responsibility and solve the difficult situation concerning the homeless migrants. The four organizations are Kirkens Korshaer, Hovedstadens Red Cross Denmark, Missionen blandt Hjemlose and projekt UDENFOR. The organizations have amongst others invited the mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen and the Minister for European Affairs Nicolai Wammen to a discussion about the situation. Lack of counseling, medical care and recognition of problems The organizations have the following suggestions for improving the situation for the homeless migrants in Denmark: Proper advice to migrants about the Danish labor market. Access to existing services such as medical and health services. Political initiative to put strategies and concrete proposals to improve the situation for homeless migrants on the agenda during the Danish EU Presidency.
> Hjemlos.dkDanish red CrossKirkenskorshaerUdenfor.dk
> demonstrations 03 February 2012
> Charterdeportation to Kosovo, 7th feb. 2012, from airport Duesseldorf FRONTEX flight - stop over in Vienna.
> at 8a.m. the refugees will be brought to the airport gate this is located between the airport fire brigade and page 36, opposite parkin 7 like the other times, media and activist will be to observe what is happening there. at 10a.m. there will be a demonstration in the main airport hall, terminal B, departure hall http://parken.duesseldorf-international.de/Parken-Flashkarte.42.0.html?&... With noice, banners and flyers we want to make public what the airport and the authorities wanted to happen secretly - the deportation of many roma people and others into the icecold Kosovo-winter! Come self-responsible, be creative, come with your own ideas, bring your friends. abschiebestop [ad] riseup [dot] net
> Dusseldorf 7 February 2012
> weblog
> campaigns/open letters 02 March 2012
> Campaign to end the immigration detention of children
> The campaign to end the immigration detention of children will be launched on the 21st of March this year at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. At the event IDC will invite various specialists to speak on the issue and present a policy paper that outlines a new model for preventing the immigration detention of children. This will also mark the formal launch of the campaign
> Campaign to end the immigration detention of children
> International Detention Coalition
> 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)
> demonstrations 25 March 2012
> Student Alfie Meadows' trial on March 26
> Alfie Meadows is a student who was severely wounded at the demonstration of 9 December 2010. Solidarity demonstration at the beginning of his trial Monday, March 26 at 9:00am at Kingston Crown Court
> London 26 March 2012
> Website
> Defend the Right to Protest
> campaigns/open letters 25 March 2012
> AVID: Helping immigration detainees across the UK
> AVID is the membership network for all volunteer visitors to immigration removal centres, short term holding facilities, and prisons: anywhere someone is held for immigration purposes in the UK. Since 1994 we have sought to ensure detainees rights are protected and to promote access to volunteer visitors.
> Website
> publications/research 18 April 2012
> Getting the Voice Out
> Getting the Voice Out gathers stories from people detained in detention centres, to get their voices heard in the outside world and highlight what the authorities try so hard to hide. (Eng, Fr, Dutch)
> April 2012
> Website
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> campaigns/open letters 18 April 2012
> Annual General Assembly EADH
> The AEDH organises its annual General assembly and seminar in Brno, Czech Republic, on 27, 28 and 29 April 2012. During its General assembly, the AEDH will organise, with the Czech Helsinki Committee, its annual seminar on "Roma in Europe". It will be held in Brno, Czech Republic, on 27 April 2012.
> Website AEDH
> publications/research 10 May 2012
> Know Your Rights: A Guide for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students
> The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) have put together this simple guide to inform gender nonconforming and transgender students (and their families and friends) about their rights.
> 8 May 2012
> Guide as pdfWebsite ACLU
> campaigns/open letters 21 June 2012
> Police Brutality: Know Your Rights
> US website criminology.com made a graphic overview of the state of police brutality in the US, the official rights citizens have and the relativity of it.
> know your rights
> criminology.com
> publications/research 11 July 2012
> Greece: Migrants Describe Fear on the Streets
> (Athens) – The Greek authorities are failing to tackle a rising wave of xenophobic violence that has left migrants afraid to walk the streets.
> Athens 10 July 2012
> Article HRWThe report
> Human Rights Watch
> publications/research 18 July 2012
> Digital Undoc
> The project aims to increase understanding of the potential to use social media and digital technology to help meet the advice and support needs of children and young people with irregular immigration status.
> 19 July 2012
> website
> On Road Media
> campaigns/open letters 23 August 2012
> Doctors of the World (Spain) launch campaign 'right to cure'
> The campaign for 'the right to cure' aims at supporting medical personnel in Spain who refuse to abide to the new law Real Decreto Ley 16/2012. This law excludes undocumented migrants from health care in Spain
> Press Release Medicos del MundoSpecial campaign website
> Kees/Statewatrch
> 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 24 September 2012
> Forced Migration Current Awareness
> A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason
> 19 September 2012
> Website
> Elisa Mason
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Pregnant, detained, and subjected to force in the UK
> Pregnant women are being held in immigration detention by the British government, violating statutory legislation, and subjecting them to the use of force, says Natasha Tsangarides
> 17 September 2012
> Article on website
> Natasha Tsangarides
> publications/research 28 November 2012
> (NL-The Hague) Police shoots dead unarmed 17 year old boy
> A 17 year old boy has been shot dead by the police in The Hague on Saturday November 24 2012. Police claimed that the victim was armed, but now admits that was not the case.
> The Hague 28 November 2012
> English news item on website
> campaigns/open letters 10 December 2012
> Bail for Immigration Detainees
> Bail for Immigration Detainees is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. We work with asylum seekers and migrants, in removal centres and prisons, to secure their release from detention.
> Website
> BiD
> publications/research 04 January 2013
> Flight & Expulsion
> Based on the annual UNHCR Refugee Report, the application allows views from different perspectives on the extensive dataset, highlighting different aspects. The idea for this visualization originated from a class project on the topic of mapping global tendencies at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences in 2008. The current application's interface was completely rebuilt in late 2009.
> 2009
> Website
> Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
> 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
> meetings/conferences 15 January 2013
> HANDS UP FOR INQUEST 2013 – Fundraising dinner
> Hosted by Jon Snow, with special guest comedian Doc Brown. Thursday 7 March 2013 @ The Tabernacle, London W11 Please join us for an evening of good food, laughter and entertainment, all in aid of INQUEST’s award-winning work
> 08 January 2013
> Website Inquest
> Inquest
> campaigns/open letters 29 January 2013
> Solidarity with Fighting Refugees in Choucha / Tunisia
> This blog will provide you with informations and ressources on the protest of refugees from Choucha refugee-camp in Tunisia.
> Chouchaprotest blog
> Blog on Choucha refugee-camp
> 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 28 February 2013
> Dramatic footage released of Antwerp police killing arrestee
> Jonathan Jacob was a 26 year old inhabitant of Antwerp with psychiatric problems. In January 2010 he died while in police custody after a police unit of 6 officers from the special assistance team (Bijzonder Bijstandsteam, BBT) invaded his cell and physically attacked him. Before invading the cell, they had thrown a tear-gas grenade inside.
> 27 February 2013
> Short report with links on website statewatch
> Statewatch
> publications/research 28 March 2013
> Shadow Lives The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror
> New book by Victoria Brittain - Shadow Lives reveals the unseen side of the '9/11 wars': their impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison or under house arrest in Britain and the US. Victoria Brittain shows how these families have been made socially invisible and a convenient scapegoat for the state in order to exercise arbitrary powers under the cover of the 'War on Terror'.
> 21 March 2013
> Announcement on website Campacc
> campacc
> publications/research 11 April 2013
> Europe's forced returnees claim abuse
> Cases of excessive force being used to remove rejected asylum seekers have been documented in a number of European countries.
> 10 April 2013
> Article on irinnews.org
> IRIN-Africa
> 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
> 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
> publications/research 23 July 2013
> The darker side of the Mediterranean sea: photos from the frontline of migration to Europe
> Photojournalist Giorgos Moutafis has been documenting the arrivals of migrants and refugees to the Greek islands. Here he tells the stories behind some of his pictures, which also appear in our new campaign briefing
> July 2013
> Article and pictures
> Amnesty International
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2013
> What stop and search really means
> Below we reproduce a letter from the StopWatch Youth Group to the Home Secretary on ‘what stop and search really means for young people and why this consultation is only the beginning’.
> Link to letter
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2013
> France: « Stop the expulsions ! »
> The French League for Human rights welcomes and supports the mobilization of the students that are demonstrating today in France to support Leonarda Dibrani and Khatchik Kachatryan. These young girls have been expelled from France to Kosovo and Armenia.
> Short intro and link to press release