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> campaigns/open letters 14 October 2005
> Seeking asylum is not a crime
> Seeking asylum is not a crime, yet an increasing number of people who have sought asylum in the UK are being detained under Immigration Act powers
> AI campaignwebsite
> Amnesty International UK
> 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
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Associação Contra a Exclusão pelo Desenvolvimento
> Observatory on prisons and civil rights
> Portugal 
> 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
> European Race Audit
> Part of the Institute of Race Relations, based in London, founded in 1956
> UK 
> IRR website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Hellenic League for Human Rights
> Founded in 1953
> Greece 
> 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
> 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
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Supporto Legale
> legal advice and monitoring of the trials arising from the G8 demonstrations in 2001, Genova
> Italy 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> VD Amok
> Anti-militarist and conscientious objectors organization that works closely together with the peace movement
> Holland 
> website
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> NON A L'ÉTAT D'EXCEPTION [Statement opposing the state of emergency in France]
> On 8 November 2005, a number of French associations and NGOs, including the Syndicate de la Magistrature (a left wing judges' union), the lawyers' trade union Syndicate des avocats de France, the Green and French Communist parties and the Ligue des droits de l'homme, issued a statement to criticise the calling of a state of emergency.
> Statement
> Numerous French associations and NGOs
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> PAS DE JUSTICE, PAS DE PAIX [No justice, no peace]
> Statement by the immigrant movement MIB on the situation in France
> statement
> Mouvement de l'immigration et des banlieues
> 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
> 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.
> 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
> 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 12 January 2006
> Reports on the impact of arms transfers to Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone
> Governments must kick start negotiations on an international Arms Trade Treaty this year, the Control Arms Campaign said today as the UN launched its first major review of small arms controls in five years.
> 9 January 2006
> ReportsControl arms campaign
> Control Arms Campaign: Oxfam International, Amnesty International and International Action Network on Small Arms
> demonstrations 18 January 2006
> No all'inaugurazione della Gendarmeria Europea!
> Demonstration against the inauguration of the European Gendarmerie in Vicenza (where its headquarters will be), made up by the paramilitary police forces of France (gendarmerie), Italy (carabinieri), the Netherlands (Koninklijke Marechaussee), Spain (Guardia Civil) and Portugal (Republican National Guard).
> Vicenza, Italy 19 January 2006
> No all'inaugurazione della Gendarmeria Europea!Global ProjectEGF to be launched in Italy on 19 January (background from Statewatch)
> Global Project Vicenza
> 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
> 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
> 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)
> campaigns/open letters 09 February 2006
> Comunicado final de las jornadas contra la tortura.
> Final statement of a conference against torture organised to support the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against torture, which highlights the failure by Spain to implement recommendations made by UN Rapporteurs on Torture.
> Comunicado final de la coordinadora para la prevención de la torturaCoordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> 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
> 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
> 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
> meetings/conferences 26 March 2006
> The Regulation of migration, asylum and movement in the "new Europe" - call for papers
> The impact of the 2004 Madrid and 2005 London bombings brought a new and fiercely regulatory extension to the movement of people in the context of the ‘war on terror’. Other events, such as the assassination of the film director Van Gogh in the Netherlands or the riots at the suburbs of Paris, brought up new questions about immigration policies and models of integration in Europe. Ironically, these policies and models have consolidated at the very time that the European Union is going through unprecedented expansion to include member states from the former Eastern bloc. In turn, expansion has revived theoretical and political debates about ‘old’ and ‘new’ immigration and modes of social control or conflict.
> Corinth, Peloponnese, Greece 31 August - 3 September 2006
> Call for papers
> 34th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
> demonstrations 31 March 2006
> Demonstation against racist state violence, cover up and impunity
> Can a person burn himself to death while tied at his hands and feet? How is it possible that a person in a so-called security area of a jail cell burns alive and the causes as to his death remain unclear for over a year? Why did the responsible police officer turn off the acoustic surveillance?
> Central train station, Dessau, Germany 1 April 2006 (13:00)
> Mobilisation update
> The VOICE Refugee Forum
> campaigns/open letters 10 April 2006
> No Fortress Europe
> Online petition in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Greek that seeks the closure of some 178 temporary holding centres for migrants in the European Union and neighbouring countries.
> No Fortress Europe campaign
> European United Left & Nordic Green Left
> meetings/conferences 13 April 2006
> Upholding the Rule of Law and Due Process in Criminal Justice Systems
> The seminar will look at four themes: An independent judiciary and due process in criminal justice systems; Accountable and responsive policing in upholding the rule of law; The role of public prosecutors in upholding the rule of law; and Defence lawyers as a fundamental pillar of an effective criminal justice system.
> Warsaw, Poland 10-12 May 2006
> Conference details and registration
> OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
> meetings/conferences 18 April 2006
> OSCE International NGO Conference
> Workshops: Security Concept OSCE; Human Trafficking; Small Arms; Racism (TBC); Kosovo; Drugs trafficking and use; Kaukasus; Dialogue among religions; Fight against Terrorism and Respect for Human Rights; Future of the OSCE.
> Palace d’Egmont, Brussels 16-17 May 2006
> Conference website and programme etc.
> 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
> 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 19 May 2006
> Policing the world cup in Germany - an own goal against fundamental rights
> From 9 June to 9 July 2006, Germany will live in a sort of state of emergency. 100,000 police officers, 10,000 private security employees, an unknown number of secret intelligence officers and 7,000 soldiers are called to watch over the “security” of the football world championship. Not only the stadiums, but also vast parts of the inner cities will turn into police control areas and testing grounds for the products of the security industry - EU wide exchange of personal data, reintroduction of controls at internal EU-borders etc. seem to be normal. 250,000 persons who will enter the stadiums as journalists, cleaning people or sausage sellers had to undergo a security check by the Bundeskriminalamt (federal criminal police office) and the Verfassungsschutz (the internal secret intelligence). The world championship turns out to be a big advertising action for the internal deployment of the military, which during the championship will “only” provide technical assistance. However, the Interior minister is calling for a change of the constitution to allow the military to act as police.
> Germany May 2006
> Information leaflet (German)Summary of world cup security preparations (CILIP, English)send human rights infringements to info@grundrechtekomitee.de
> Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
> 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)
> 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
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 23 May 2006
> Open letter to the Spanish ombudsman against the instalment of a three-dimensional net at the Melilla frontier
> A letter signed by a number of Spanish civil society groups to oppose the construction of a three-dimensional net, which will spray water and pepper, to prevent migrants from crossing the border in Melilla. They urge an investigation into events in Melilla in September and October, including allegations against Guardia Civil officers of causing the death of a migrant from Cameroon.
> Open letter to D. Enrique MugicaAsociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> 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
> demonstrations 02 June 2006
> Liberiamo le nostre vite. Liberi/e tutti/e, Liberi/e subito
> Appeal and poster for a demonstration to be held in Milan on 17 June to demand the freeing of 25 people who are in detention as a result of clashes during an anti-fascist march on 11 March 2006.
> Milan June 2006
> Appello e manifesto corteo 17 giugno
> Social movements from Milan
> 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
> publications/research 29 June 2006
> BEHATOKIA Bulletin
> Contents: Penitentiary policy claims more lives; Torture; New moves to prevent release of Basque prisoners; Statement from Atenco women prisoners ; Opinion: Will the Spanish state finally fulfil its international commitments to human rights?
> June 2006
> Full contentsPDF version
> Basque Observatory for Human Rights
> 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 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
> demonstrations 18 July 2006
> Manif contre le racisme
> Magatte Mbengue was violently mistreated by police officers when she was in Madrid airport, in transit, on the way from Senegal to France in November 2005. She gave her account of the treatment she received, and of the discriminatory treatment that was reserved to all black paasengers on her flight, in a blog entitled "The right to dignity". On 19 July, demonstrators will march to demonstrate outside the Spanish embassy to support her.
> Paris (France) 19 July 2006
> Manif contre le racismeDroit à la dignitéMadrid, policiers raciste (account of events from Libération)Petition (for signing)
> Magatte Mbengue - Droit a la dignité
> 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 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 28 August 2006
> Support Derry Anti War Protesters (The Raytheon 9)
> On 9 August 2006 the Derry Anti-War Coalition organized a non-violent occupation of Raytheon's plant in the Ulster Science and Technology Park. This followed direct action that has been mounted by anti-war protestors against US military planes at Shannon airport in the South of Ireland and Prestwick airport near Glasgow. The Derry protestors decommissioned computer equipment used by Raytheon to produce software for its weapons systems. Nine of them were arrested by the police, among them Eamonn McCann, well-known as a civil rights activist and campaigning journalist. They have been charged with aggravated burglary and unlawful assembly. These are very serious offences that could mean the accused could be denied the right to trial by jury under British security legislation prevailing in the north of Ireland. The protestors' civil liberties are further threatened by the terms under which they have been released on bail. They are forbidden to communicate with each other or with anyone working for Raytheon and may not take part in any public or private anti-war meeting. These restrictions bear comparison with those imposed by striking British miners brought before courts during the 1984-5 strike.
> Read more & sign petition
> Derry Anti-War Coalition
> 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 01 September 2006
> Perfil racial en España: Investigaciones y recomendaciones
> Groundbreaking report to examine the practice of racial profiling by police forces in Spain. Looks at the situation of ethnic minorities, the organisation of police forces and practices of stop-and-search and the carrying out of arrests. The report notes that "racial profiling contributes to unnecessarily increasing tension in police-community relations which are often already tense, as well as being an ineffective and illegal practice".
> Madrid August 2006
> Perfil racial en EspañaGrupo de Estudios y Alternativas 21Open Society Justice Initiative
> Daniel Wagman, GEA 21 / Open Society Justice Initiative
> demonstrations 19 September 2006
> Manifestazione Verità e Giustizia per Federico Aldrovandi
> “At dawn on 25 September 2005, 18-year-old Federico Aldrovandi died, handcuffed with his face on the floor in a pool of blood during a police control. He was on his own, unarmed and without a previous criminal record…”. This is how the announcement of a demonstration to be held in Ferrara on 23 September 2006 begins. It also notes how efforts were made to discredit the youth by labelling him as a drug addict, and a violent person liable to cause himself bodily damage, and to cover up the police’s responsibility while evidence surfaced showing that he was on the receiving end of considerable violence by officers.
> Ferrara 23 September 2006
> Piattaforma Manifestazione Verità e Giustizia per Federico AldrovandiComitato Verità per AldroFederico Aldrovandi blog
> Comitato Verità per Aldro
> 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
> publications/research 06 October 2006
> Le Livre Noir de Ceuta et Melilla
> On the anniversary of the shootings in Ceuta and Melilla, the Migreurop network has published a “black book” to document the situation in the two Spanish north African enclaves, which features analysis, photographs and extensive testimonies from migrants themselves. Through "The black book of Ceuta and Melilla", the Migreurop network seeks to allow the victims of last year’s events to speak, at the same time as placing this repression within the European context of the externalisation of border control policies and policies to deny the right of free movement to the peoples of the South. The 17 deaths of Ceuta and Melilla are, in fact, the most visible consequence of a policy that is being pursued and whose unnamed victims are limited to silence and anonimity.
> France October 2006
> Intro: Le Livre Noir de Ceuta et Melilla (in French)The Black Book of Ceuta and Melilla (pdf, 106 pages, in French)Migreurop
> Migreurop
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2006
> Ottawa Principles on Anti-terrorism and Human Rights
> In June 2006, experts on human rights and terrorism met in their individual capacities at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada to develop the following Principles on Anti-terrorism and Human Rights. They shared a common view that the preservation of human rights – not least the right to life – is the central motivator of anti-terrorism. They also believed that human rights constitute an elemental and immutable constraint on how anti-terrorism is conducted. The struggle for collective security must not be an assault on the individual’s life, liberty and security of the person. This document is the product of their deliberations.
> The Ottawa PrinciplesHuman Rights of Anti-Terrorism Colloquium, Ottawa
> University of Ottawa colloqium
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2006
> Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence
> Violence against women, including domestic violence, is the result of an imbalance of power in society. It is a human rights violation and a major obstacle to overcoming inequality between women and men. Despite positive developments in law, policies and practices, it still occurs in every Council of Europe member state at all levels of society. To find a way out of this situation, the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe member states decided to launch a Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence. The launching conference will take place in Madrid on 27 November 2006. The Campaign aims at raising awareness that violence against women is a human rights violation. It urges member states to demonstrate political will by providing adequate resources to deliver concrete results in this field. It promotes the implementation of effective measures at national level, through legislation and national action plans. Campaign activities will be carried out by different bodies of the Council of Europe and by member states. This website contains information on Campaign activities and resources on domestic violence for decision-makers, civil society, the general public and the media. It invites those dedicated to ending violence against women to browse the available information and support the Council of Europe Campaign.
> CoE: Stop domestic violence against women
> Council of Europe
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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 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
> 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
> publications/research 24 May 2007
> UK: racism and the state 2007
> On 16 September 2006, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) held a unique conference in London on ‘Racism, Liberty and the War on Terror’, attended by over 250 participants, including human rights activists, community workers, lawyers, students, radical academics and solidarity groups. The April 2007 edition of the IRR journal Race & Class features extracts from the pioneering conference, including speeches and talks by Gareth Peirce, A. Sivanandan, Salma Yaqoob, Tony Bunyan, David Rose, Victoria Brittain and Herman Ouseley. Together with a range of other contributors from community organisations around the UK, they dissect the recent media attacks on multiculturalism and document the impact of the ‘war on terror’, both on local communities and internationally.
> April 2007
> Institute of Race Relations
> Race & Class - conference special
> 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
> 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
> Muerte cuando lo expulsaban
> The Federation of SOS Racismo calls for an exhaustive and public investigation into the death of a 23-year-old Nigerian, Osamuyia Aikpitanhi, who was being deported from Barajas airport in Madrid on an Iberia flight on 9 June 2007.
> Muerte cuando lo deportabanSOS Racismo-Bizkaiko-SOS Arrazakeria
> Federación de Asociaciones de SOS Racismo del Estado Español
> 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
> 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'
> 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
> 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!
> 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)
> 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 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
> 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)
> 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 08 December 2010
> Looking back at the Brixton riots and the 'sus laws' thirty years ago
> In just under six months, the thirtieth anniversary of the Brixton riots will be upon us. Men and women, many now with families of their own, will look back at the suppression which agitated a generation to rise up, against unemployment, deprivation and the notorious ‘sus’ laws.
> 21 November 2010
> Article in Ceasefire
> campaigns/open letters 11 December 2010
> Justice for Alfie Meadows
> This is a (facebook)group for justice for Alfie Meadows, 20, student at Middlesex University, who was injured during the Anti-cuts Protests on the 9th of December 2010 in London. Alfie was rushed to hospital for emergency brain surgery after he was hit with a police truncheon during last night's tuition fees protest. Alfie Meadows developed bleeding on his brain when he was hit as he tried leave the 'kettling' area outside Westminster Abbey, his mother said. The student fell unconscious on the way to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he underwent a three-hour operation to save his life.
> facebook-grouppagemore background information
> publications/research 16 December 2010
> Danish police commanders order the police to assault the press during the COP15
> Recordings from Danish police radio communications show that a Danish police commander encouraged police officers to assault members of the press during the COP15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen outside of the conference center on the 16th of December 2009.
> 16 December 2010
> Audio with subtitlesMore information
> publications/research 17 December 2010
> All mass arrests during COP15 last year declared illegal by Copenhagen City Court
> People arrested preventively between December 11-16 2009 have a possibility to claim compensation
> 16 December 2010
> More information
> publications/research 20 December 2010
> The robot armies at our borders
> The EU is entering a new, and disturbing, phase in its efforts to police its borders. In a hi-tech upgrade to ‘Fortress Europe', the EU is developing drone planes, satellite surveillance systems, unmanned ground and marine vehicles, even combat robots, to be deployed to ‘defend' Europe from migrants.
> 02 December 2010
> Article in European VoiceNeoConOpticon
> Ben Hayes
> campaigns/open letters 24 December 2010
> Bookstores searched again in Berlin
> For the seventh time this year, leftist bookshops in Berlin have been invaded and searched by police for selling 'criminal literature'. The object on December 22 was the radical weekly Interim nr. 721
> more informationWebsite 'reading without censorship'
> publications/research 24 December 2010
> Dutch government wants to make call for bankrun illegal
> Two ministers (for 'Security and Justice' and 'Finance') have announced to parliament the preparation of a law that would make the issuing of a call for a collective bankrun illegal.
> 23 December 2010
> Article on blog of newspaper NRCOfficial letter to parliament
> 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.)
> campaigns/open letters 06 January 2011
> 6th memorial protest and new trial for Oury Jalloh in Dessau
> On January 7th, 2005 Oury Jalloh burnt with his hands and feet tied in a police cell in Dessau. The trial against the accused police man ended with acquit in December 2008. On demand of the Initiative in remembrance of Oury Jalloh the incidental action contradicted against the verdict at the federal court (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) - rightly. (...) The BGH decided therefore that the trial against one of the accused police men has to start again because the family of the victim has the right to get a legal procedure. Before the trial starts on January 12 there will be demonstrations in Dessau (7 January) and Magdeburg (8 January)
> GermanMore information (English, The Voice))
> publications/research 07 January 2011
> CILIP 96: Crossing borders – Police on the way
> Issue 96 of the German journal CILIP focusses on police crossing borders: liaison officers, joint police trainings and police support.
> 22/12/2010
> Table of contents and selected articles online (in German)English abstracts
> Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP
> publications/research 20 January 2011
> Nl: Ombudsman starts investigation on 'stop and search'
> The Dutch national ombudsman has announced to start an investigation on the 'preventative stop and search' operations by the police. The inquiry is done in collaboration with the local ombudsman of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. They want to know if you your - good or bad - experience.
> Till 1 March 2011
> More info on website ombudsman
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2011
> Appeal for Pinar Selek
> The Turkish writer and sociologist Pinar Selek, born in 1971, presently a scholar in the Writers-in-Exile program of German P.E.N., is a passionate advocate for the rights of different kinds of minorities, such as socially disadvantaged children, but she also defends the civil rights of ethnic minorities like Kurds and Armenians. In 1998 Pinar Selek was arrested for alleged propaganda for PKK; she spent two and a half years in prison where she was severely tortured. It was only in custody that she realized she was being charged with having committed a terrorist bomb attack on the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul on behalf of the PKK. After an eight year trial Pinar was acquitted in 2006.(...) In February, 2010 we were alarmed to hear that the the Court of Appeals in Ankara is demanding life imprisonment under stiffened conditions for Pinar Selek.
> WebsiteCall from Pen-Germany (English)
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2011
> january 22: DNA-solidarity demonstration Gottingen
> On January 5 an antifascist activist was summoned to present himself to the police in Gottingen to hand over his DNA-material in the course of an investigation on the occurrence during a previous antifascist demonstration, where police claims demonstrators threw fireworks at them. The suspect did not obey, and police issued a warrant for him. On Saturday 22 January a demonstration will be held in solidarity.
> More information (German)
> publications/research 25 January 2011
> I quaderni dell'osservatorio
> "I quaderni dell'osservatorio" are a collection of studies which analyse key issues concerning the repression of social struggles. The first deals with criminal proceedings against participants in mobilisations and the treatment of political struggles as simple criminal activity. The second deals with killings by law enforcement officers, the third with emergency and security laws, the fourth is a defence handbook which highlights the offences which political activists are at risk of being accused of, the fifth concerns the occupation of schools, with relevant information on the norms and rulings which it is worth knowing about, particularly after the interior minister recently warned that students occupying schools would be charged with criminal offences in the context of recent nationwide protests.
> Italy 24 January 2011
> I quaderni dell'osservatorio
> Osservatorio sulla repressione
> publications/research 25 January 2011
> Etat de droit. Droits des personnes en Calais.
> Two in-depth reports on the situation of migrants living in the vicinity of Calais. One focuses on police violence, providing a chronology of interventions involving arrests or the destruction of belongings or makeshift shacks. The second looks at the different violations of rights which take place in the area, including the right to seek asylum (through the experience of four Afghans), minors' rights to protection, living conditions, why the area may be described as one where rights do not apply, media coverage and the slide towards violence and finally, the constant police pressure which the migrants are subjected to.
> Calais 10 January 2011
> Etat de droit. Droits des personnes en Calais.Chronologie de la pression policiere
> La Marmite aux Idees
> meetings/conferences 25 January 2011
> The 7th North/South Irish Criminology Conference
> The 7th North/South Irish Criminology Conference is being held in the School of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Republic of Ireland between the 21st and the 23rd of June 2011 Call for Papers: 7th Irish North South Criminology Conference, IT Sligo
> June 21, 22, 23 2011
> Website
> meetings/conferences 25 January 2011
> 39th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
> The 39th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control will take place at the Université de Savoie in the picturesque town of Chambéry, France from 3rd to 7th September 2011. The titel is: No borders? Exclusion, justice and the politics of fear
> 3-7 September 2011
> Website
> demonstrations 12 February 2011
> NL: Arrested students prosecuted via speedtrials
> Five demonstrators who were arrested at a student demonstration that was repressed by police in The Hague on Friday 21 January, had a so called 'speed court' on Monday 24. One person refused to accept this and will have a 'normal' court later, but will be kept prisoner till then. The others four where condemned, one was condemned to 8 weeks in prison (of which four on remand) for throwing a stone. the others got lighter sentences.
> Jan 2011
> Thread at indymedia.nl
> publications/research 12 February 2011
> Sukey to ensure safety for protesters
> Sukey is a multi-platform news, communications and logistical support system designed to ensure safety for protesters during demonstrations.
> Febr 2011
> Website
> campaigns/open letters 19 February 2011
> Petition to Council of Europe on government use of citizens biometrics
> European governments are increasingly demanding storage of biometric data (fingerprints and facial scans) from individuals.  These include storing them on contactless 'RFID' chips in passports and/or ID cards.  Some are going even further and implementing database storage of these biometric data too, e.g. France, Lithuania, and the Netherlands. These are inherently dangerous practices. (...) That's why we'll urgently ask Secretary General Jagland of the Council of Europe to request the countries involved to explain whether their national law on this subject is in line with the European Convention and ECHR court rulings.
> Petition online
> Privacy International (et al)
> publications/research 26 February 2011
> The droning of the drones
> See the attached german PDF for a presentation Volker Eick gave January 29th 2011. Conference: entsichern. Die Europäische Union: Analysieren, kritisieren, demontieren. Workshop: Next time we attack you from the air
> Jan 2011
> websitepdf
> Volker Eick
> demonstrations 26 February 2011
> (GE) Demonstrating at airports is allowed
> The German Federal Constitutional Court has decided that it is allowed to demonstrate at airports like Frankfurt and other publicly accessible places. Activists against the enlargement of the airport consider this a positive step but demand further guarantees for their rights
> 22/02/2011
> German website
> publications/research 26 February 2011
> (GR) Crowd suppression military exercises
> New complaints from soldiers come to reveal the determined decision of the Greek government, NATO and EU for organic accession and involvement of military forces in operations against the internal enemy, and more specifically in the repression of demonstrations and uprisings, that are considered as Asymmetric Threats by the world’s modern urban elites.
> 10/02/2011
> More on website contrainfo
> campaigns/open letters 04 March 2011
> New trial for anti-NATO demonstrator in France
> On March 9 2011 the court in Nancy, France, will start the case against German activist Jan, who has spent 4 months in jail after being arrested at the demonstrations against the NATO-summit in Strasbourg two years ago. Jan was being accused of (amongst others) 'carrying a weapon' (a tent peg) but was acquitted by the court in Colmar. The prosecution then went into appeal, and Jan could be sentenced to as much as three years imprisonment.
> More information on website
> 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
> publications/research 08 March 2011
> You Should Have Stayed at Home
> A documentary on the police operations against the protests against the G8 and G20 summit in Toronto
> feb 25 2011
> TV program's website
> publications/research 22 March 2011
> 5 years Surveillance Studies
> To celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the investigative network Surveillance Studies two prizes have been issued for 'young colleagues who have done important scientific work on the issues of surveillance and control. There is a jury-prize (for a yet unpublished article of 5000-8000 words) and a public one, for articles that have already been publicised. Submissions or suggestions (in German or English language) can be sent in until June 15 2011.
> March 2011
> More information (German)
> meetings/conferences 30 March 2011
> Ian Tomlinson inquest started Monday march 28
> Ian Tomlinson inquest started Monday march 28 (see links). Plus: Images show the newspaper seller's last movements before his death at the G20 protests in London on 1 April 2009. The compilation was produced by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and shown to the jury at the inquest into his death
> 28 March 2011
> Website Family CampaignIan Tomlinson inquest shows new footage - video Guardian Mar 29
> campaigns/open letters 30 March 2011
> Meeting on 'youth insurgency' in Berlin
> Functionaries from different French and German cities that have to do with 'unruly behavior' from it's inhabitants- mainly youth with a migrant background - are having a meeting in Berlin from April 1-3
> Article on IndymediaMore informationWebsite IMSS
> campaigns/open letters 30 March 2011
> (NL) Police to hunt for illegal au pairs in private homes
> the Dutch special police for/against foreigners (vreemdelingenpolitie) is active on a pilot project to check on au pairs that are working in the Netherlands. For this they visit them at the homes where they work. This project is part of a scheme called 'Modern Migrationpolicy' which prescribes that people who employ an au pair, can only do this using a certified bureau.
> Article on this (Dutch) 'au pair law'
> meetings/conferences 30 March 2011
> Standing up to Surveillance
> A Conference hosted by the Network for Police Monitoring. The gathering of ‘intelligence’ by police on political protesters and minority communities is now a commonplace activity.  Some initiatives hit the press – the use of undercover police officers to infiltrate pacifist and environmental campaigns, for example, or installing ’covert’ cameras with counter terrorism money to watch the movements of Birmingham’s Muslim population. (...) What is driving this rapid and seemingly unstoppable descent into a surveillance state?  Why are so many of us potential targets for state scrutiny?  Is an increasing demand for intelligence driven by a fear of ‘extremism’?  Or by the availability of technology and the millions that can be made from it?  And what can be done to stop it? 
> April 17 2011
> WebsiteRegistration
> campaigns/open letters 11 April 2011
> So you still think the internet is free?
> This website answers your question
> website
> 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
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 19 April 2011
> Anger over death of UK reggae star
> London protesters demand public inquiry into the mysterious death of musician 'Smiley Culture'.
> Feature on Al Jazeera
> Al Jazeera
> 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
> meetings/conferences 19 April 2011
> Conference on Criminalization of Undocumented Migrants in the Netherlands
> The Dutch government recently launched a proposal to criminalize undocumented migrants. In response, PICUM and some of its Dutch Members, Stichting LOS, Stichting ROS and the Paulus Church, have decided to organize an international workshop. The workshop titled, “Countering New Legislative Proposals Criminalizing Undocumented Migrants in the Netherlands: Building on Experiences of Resistance Throughout Europe”, is intended to provide a better understanding of laws, policies and practices concerning criminalization of undocumented migrants in different European countries. The workshop will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Friday, 27 May 2011.
> 27 May 2011
> Announcement PICUM
> PICUM eo.
> campaigns/open letters 19 April 2011
> Digitale Gesellschaft (Digital Society)
> A new initiative in Germany to organize campaigns for a "internetpolitics based on civil rights and user friendliness"
> 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
> demonstrations 09 May 2011
> Demonstration against (NL) Police violence in Utrecht
> he First of May demonstration in Utrecht was heavily repressed by police. The entire demonstration was 'kettled' then attacked by riot police and groups of plain cloth police. Many demonstrators were wounded. To protest against this a demonstration is being held on Thursday May 12
> Utrecht 12 may 2011
> announcement (Dutch)
> 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 09 May 2011
> (GE)Seminar: Police violence out of control?
> Seminar on the practice of independent monitoring of police operations. The focus is on the effect of court cases against violent police.
> Announcement (German)
> campaigns/open letters 09 May 2011
> Jury's verdict of unlawful killing of Ian Tomlinson
> The jury at the inquest into the death of 47 year old Ian Tomlinson, who died on 1 April 2009 in the context of a heavily-policed and high profile G20 demonstration, have today returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
> Jury's verdictOverview of media coverage
> 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 19 May 2011
> Police search building Dresden for antifascist activists
> On may 3d 150 policemen invaded the communal building Praxis in Dresden, where many people live or have their workspace. Apparently people living there are being accused of forming a criminal organisation to commit illegal actions against fascists. Nazis have made a yearly march in Dresden to commemorate the bombing of the city into the largest neonazi manifestation in Germany, but the last two years they were unable to march because of massive blockades in the city. During the last attempt, frustrated neonazis attacked precisely the building that the police choose to invade now.
> Declaration of support from Rote Hilfe Neuruppin
> publications/research 19 June 2011
> All-seeing, all-knowing: the proposal for a National Crime Agency in the UK
> The UK government has announced plans to establish a National Crime Agency, intended to a provide a "multi-agency national response" to a number of issues - organised crime, border security, economic crime, and the exploitation of children. Widely reported in the press as an "FBI-style" agency, the NCA is deemed necessary for a number of reasons. The primary motivation seem to be that "cutting crime is the sole objective that the government has set for the police", but the current response to organised crime is "patchy and fragmented".
> June 2011
> Statewatch news
> publications/research 19 June 2011
> Copenhagen Climate activists condemned to jail
> Two spokespersons for Climate Justice Action, active around the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December 2009, have been sentenced to two month in jail (plus two months probation, and to pay the costs of court). Costs of court can amount to 30.000 Euro
> June 2011
> Article (Danish)Dutch/English
> 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 09 July 2011
> Police provocateurs registered on video
> During a demonstration on June 22, persons who were suspected of belonging to the police, themselves attacked the police. They were caught doing this and one of them lost his identification-papers. the case is extensively documented by mainstream newspapers, linked in this feature.
> 1 July 2011
> Indymedia Germany 01 July 2011
> publications/research 09 July 2011
> Turkish man killed in Dutch police station
> According to Turkish news the man died "under severe torture". Dutch police declared the man was aggressive and refuses further comment pointing at 'ongoing investigation'.
> 03 July 2011
> English article in Turkish News Links and discussion on Dutch weblog sargassoBlog Joop.nl
> publications/research 26 August 2011
> Spain: Neighbourhood groups' report on racist identity checks in Madrid
> The Brigadas Vecinales de Observación de Derechos Humanos (BVODH, Neighbourhood Brigades to observe human rights compliance) is a coalition involving citizens in Madrid who have taken up the task of mounting a response to "discriminatory social control policies" in their neighbourhoods which they describe as "racist, xenophobic and classist", in particular as regards identity checks in the streets enacted by the police. This report, "Informe sobre los controles de identidad racistas en Madrid (2010/2011)", is the product of their monitoring work on discriminatory identity checks between 10 December 2009 (a total of 445,000 people were identified by officers in Madrid in the whole of 2009) and 10 May 2011.
> 29 July 2011
> See: Informe sobre los controles de identidad racistas en Madrid (2010/2011) (Spanish, pdf)
> 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'
> campaigns/open letters 29 August 2011
> 'terrorism' case against pastor Lothar König dropped
> At a hearing public prosecutor of Dresden announced to drop the prosecution of youthpastor Lothar König under the 'terrorism' article 129. He will still be prosecuted for 'aggravated breach of the peace' (during protests against a nazi-march in February). 21 Other persons are still being prosecuted under the terrorism paragraph
> Report on website (German)
> 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 08 October 2011
> European Race Audit Briefing Papers
> The IRR's European Race Audit (ERA) is now publishing regular free online briefing papers which are available as part of subscriptions to the IRR News Service. The ERA is one of the few sources of comprehensive pan-European information on racism, the extreme Right and Islamophobia. It also documents the erosion of human rights as a result of asylum and immigration law and civil liberties and as a result of the war on terror. The European Race Audit was launched in 1991 and its huge archive - of over sixty Bulletins on pan-European race and refugee issues - is an invaluable source of information for students, researchers and campaigners.
> September 2011
> More on website IRR
> publications/research 21 October 2011
> Is the German State Hacking its Own Citizens?
> On October 8, the Berlin hacker collective known as the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) announced that they had analysed a piece of spying software they believed had been written by the German government. Once installed on a computer, the software had the ability to quietly listen to conversations on Skype, log keystrokes and remotely switch on the computer’s webcam.
> 8 October 2011
> Article with links
> campaigns/open letters 01 November 2011
> Urgent Appeal: Stop Arbitrary Detentions in Turkey!
> The international public has so far been oblivious to the so-called “KCK operations” carried out in Turkey by Prime Minister Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party for the past two years. Under the guise of “fighting terrorism,” the Erdogan government has been using the judiciary, the police, and the media to penalize all civic activism in support of rights demanded by Kurdish citizens in Turkey. The “KCK operations” in particular have been deployed to spread fear amongst activists, to silence public dissent, and to normalize the arbitrary arrest of citizens.
> Petition
> publications/research 04 November 2011
> ‘Time to replace RIPA’: New JUSTICE report calls for overhaul of surveillance laws
> In a major new report released today, human rights organisation JUSTICE called for a fundamental overhaul of Britain’s surveillance laws in order to protect the right of individual privacy from unnecessary, unwarranted and unchecked state intrusion. The JUSTICE report, Freedom from Suspicion , is a detailed study of the operation of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 – or ‘RIPA’ for short – over the past decade.
> November 2011
> Justice Report (pdf)Also see: Freedom from Suspicion Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age (pdf)
> 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
> publications/research 03 December 2011
> (GE) Press release repression against antinuclear activists Gorleben
> The first aid service, providing help to those injured during the protests against the transport of nuclear waste to Gorleben, Germany, gave a preliminary summary of persons treated: 355 wounded by police activity, 5 grave, one person was run over by a (police)horse.
> 28 November 2011
> Press release in German
> Ersten-Hilfe-Koordination der BI (Sani-Zentrale)
> publications/research 03 December 2011
> European Court rules German arrest of G8-activists illegal
> The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that two persons arrested during the G8-protests in Heiligendamm in 2007, were illegally. They were arrested and kept in prison for almost six days after their care had been searched and banners were found with the tekst "Freedom for all Prisoners".
> 1 December 2011
> More information in German
> publications/research 06 December 2011
> State of Surveillance - The Data
> The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: The State of Surveillance: The Data (link): The Bureau and London-based human rights group Privacy International have compiled a comprehensive database of companies that sell surveillance products.
> 1 December 2011
> State of Surveilance: The Data
> 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 25 January 2012
> The EDRi papers, EDITION 02
> The purpose of this booklet is to briefly outline current EU surveillance and security measures in order to give an insight into their scale and cumulative effect. In order to be legal under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, each security measure that limits fundamental rights is understood to be effective and a “necessary” and “proportionate” breach of the rights which our society considers to be fundamental.
> Jan 2012
> PDF at statewatch
> EDRi
> meetings/conferences 01 February 2012
> Social Movements in the Digital Tsunami
> Day long conference on many aspects of policing protests, as counter to the European Police Congress” (14. – 15.february)
> Berlin 04 February 2012
> Details conference
> 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 16 February 2012
> Harmondsworth blockaders held by police for second night
> Eleven No Borders activists arrested on Tuesday during a detention centre blockade are being held by police for a second night. They are due to appear at Uxbridge magistrates court at 10am this morning, charged with causing 'serious disruption to the life of the community' under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
> More info on website Noborders
> meetings/conferences 16 February 2012
> London Noborders Convergence
> London NoBorders, along with Goldsmiths students and other groups, are organising a week-long convergence to be held in London between 13 - 18 February 2012. The aim is to get together to share our knowledge and experiences in relation to people's freedom of movement and the restrictions on it, and to share skills, network, strategise and take action.
> London 13-18 February 2012
> Program on website
> publications/research 28 February 2012
> New helpline for undocumented migrants
> The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has announced the launch of an advice line for undocumented migrants in London.
> 24 February 2012
> Announcement bij IRR
> meetings/conferences 06 March 2012
> (NL): Big Brother Awards 2011
> Who will win a prestigious Big Brother Award at the upcoming ceremonies in Amsterdam? Find out at the eighth edition of the Big Brother Awards The Netherlands, held on March 7th 2012 in Amsterdam.
> Amsterdam 7 March 2011
> website
> Bits of Freedom
> 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 06 March 2012
> Swiss Parliament demands information on the use of ‘Staatstrojaner’
> After the discovery in 2011 of the use of ‘Staatstrojaner’ (computer mallware) by the Swiss security services, the Swiss parliament wants to be informed on the details.
> 02 March 2012
> Article on website (German)
> Unwatched.org
> publications/research 22 March 2012
> Europol chasing the anarchist ghost
> (German) description of increasing cross-border activities of European institutions against leftist organisations
> 22 March 2012
> Article on Euro-policeOriginal article on website heisse.de
> Matthias Monroy/Europolice
> 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
> publications/research 04 April 2012
> Stop and search flashmob
> urban dancers flash mobbed Trafalgar Square and Grosvenor Square on Saturday 31 March 2012 as part of the Stopwatch campaign against discrimination in stop and search.
> London 4 April 2012
> Clip and description on website
> Network for Police Monitoring
> campaigns/open letters 18 April 2012
> Preemptive Arrests Planned for Olympics Protesters?
> "(...) A month ago the police dropped very strong hints that they planned to repeat the preemptive arrests of peaceful protesters that they used during the Royal Wedding. (...)"
> Article on Beyond Clicktivism
> Beyond Clicktivism
> 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
> 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
> 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
> Imprisoned for telling the truth?
> On Thursday 26th April Mike Wells, a citizen journalist who writes for the Games Monitor website, was filming unsafe working practices on Leyton Marsh at the chaotically managed Olympic construction site. He was assaulted and arrested...
> More on website
> Save Leyton Marsh
> 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
> publications/research 10 May 2012
> Secret meeting on EU 'Security' in Munich
> Six European ministers of Interior meet with the European Commission and representants of the US Homeland Security to discuss exchange of police information and more pressure on Greece
> 10 May 2012
> German article
> Europolice
> 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 14 June 2012
> WeWatch
> WeWatch informs you about CCTV surveillance in London and aims to help you to protect your privacy!
> website WeWatch
> datapanik.org
> 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 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
> meetings/conferences 22 June 2012
> 8th Symposium of Kritnet in Kassel
> Network Critical Migration and Border Regime Research (Kritnet) holds its 8th symposium during the Documenta in Kassel (July 13-15)
> Kassel (GE) 13-15 July
> Symposium 2012
> Netzwerks Kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung
> publications/research 28 June 2012
> (NL)City of Nijmegen wants camera surveillance on dole receivers
> The city of Nijmegen plans to investigate on dole receivers that they suspect of fraude (without having any official proof), using cameras aimed at their homes.
> Nijmegen 22 June 2012
> Dutch article on website
> Jurofoon
> campaigns/open letters 28 June 2012
> Wave of arrests of Union activists in Turkey
> Law enforcement officials detained 65 members of the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK) in sweeping raids across Turkey on Monday morning as part of the ongoing probe into the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK,) sparking protests in Ankara and other cities. Officials reportedly asked the detainees why they chanted slogans against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP.)
> Article in English
> Bianet
> demonstrations 18 July 2012
> Why did Ousman Sey die? – Call for Demonstration: 20th of July 6pm
> In the morning of the 7th July 2012 Ousman Sey, a 45 year old of Gambian origin, died in police custody in Dortmund. Before being taken into police custody, Sey called an ambulance twice, because he was not feeling well.
> Dortmund 20 July 2012
> Website
> Dortmunder Antifa Bundniss
> publications/research 18 July 2012
> INUK (Innocence Network)
> The Innocence Network UK (INUK) is a practical response to the needs of alleged victims of wrongful conviction that have been identified in academic research.
> 19 July 2012
> website
> demonstrations 01 August 2012
> Actions for Mohamed Noureddin, Calais migrant who died after being arrested on July 7
> Like the demonstrations in Calais after 7th July, to the 17th July rally outside the embassy of France in London and the occupation of the French consulate in Düsseldorf on 20th July, we occupied the consulate of France, Wednesday 1st August from 11am, to protest against the circumstances of the death of Mohamed Noureddin last July 7th in Calais. Noureddin was found dead in a river in the centre of Calais after being violently arrested by police. No autopsy was performed and no testimonies were taken of friends who had been with him previously that same night.
> 01 August 2012
> Website Calais SolidarityPress Release Brussels Indymedia
> publications/research 16 August 2012
> Protect: Securing Advocacy
> New technologies create unprecedented opportunities for individuals and low-resourced groups working to document abuses, raise awareness and mobilise people around specific issues. At the same time, they open up new risks and vulnerabilities. Our Securing Advocacy programme works to help advocates take advantage of the opportunity while simultaneously managing and navigating the risks.
> website
> publications/research 16 August 2012
> Me & My Shadow
> If you use a computer, surf the Internet, text your friends via a mobile phone or shop online – you leave a digital shadow. You want to know how big it is? Find out with our interactive tools whenever you cast a shadow.
> Website
> meetings/conferences 16 August 2012
> National Antifascist Camp in Dortmund
> From August 24 untill September 2nd there will be an antifa-camp in Dortmund, with an ample program of workshops, debates and actions.
> Dortmund August 2012
> Website
> campaigns/open letters 16 August 2012
> End s60 stop and search
> An open letter to Theresa May, Nick Herbert and Bernard Hogan-Howe has been published by a collective of organisations opposing police stop and search policy, including Netpol. The letter calls for, amongst other things, the suspension of s60 stop and search powers, which allow the police to stop and search whoever they wish, without any need for ‘reasonable suspicion’.
> Open letter on website
> Netpol.org
> demonstrations 11 September 2012
> Militant protests over custody deaths in Birmingham and London
> Militant protests over custody deaths in Birmingham and London On Saturday (Aug 18th) hundreds of people marched through Birmingham to support the ongoing campaign for Justice for Kingsley Burrell. (...) Then the following Wednesday the annual commemoration for Sean Rigg took place in Brixton on the fourth anniversary of his death in the local police station.
> Birmingham/Brixton 18 August 2012
> Report on website reelnews
> Reelnews
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Everyone who attended #OWS with a cell phone had their identity logged, says security expert
> private investigator Steven Rambam tells about modern electronic surveillance powers and declares "Privacy Is Dead."
> 22 September 2012
> Article and video on website
> PrivacySOS
> campaigns/open letters 24 September 2012
> A call for financial support for 'NSU-watch'
> The NSU was a violent neofascist group that killed ten persons with migrant background in Germany. Much is still unclear about them, and the roll of the secret service is opaque.
> Website
> apabiz e.V
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Justice for Anthony Grainger
> On 3 March 2012 Anthony Grainger was shot and killed by a police officer from Greater Manchester Police. Anthony was sat behind the wheel of a parked car in Culcheth, Warrington when a squad of armed men surrounded the car, and marksmen shot Anthony in cold blood through the windscreen, killing him immediately. On Fahters Day a commemoration was held where his mother held a speech. The video is now online.
> 17 June 2012
> Video on youtube
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 25 October 2012
> Dutch proposal to search and destroy foreign computers
> On 15 October, the Dutch ministry of Justice and Security proposed powers for the police to break into computers, install spyware, search computers and destroy data. These powers would extend to computers located outside the Netherlands. Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom warns for the unacceptable risks to cybersecurity and calls on other countries to strongly oppose the proposal.
> English article on BOF-websiteSupport for campaign by EFF
> Bits of Freedom
> 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
> demonstrations 25 October 2012
> Refugees on hungerstrike form camp in Berlin
> 20 Refugees have gone into hungerstrike and try to set op tents in front of Brandenburger Tor in Berlin
> Berlin 25 October 2012
> German article
> The Voice
> publications/research 11 November 2012
> Delete Control
> Development organisation Hivos has started a website to help partners escape censorship and persecution on internet
> November 2012
> websiteVideo
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 21 November 2012
> One 'Kameradschaft' too many
> Members of the elite unit SEK from the Berlin police appear to have founded an association under the name 'Kameradschaft' that many associate with the Nazi-era
> German article in daily Tagesspiegel
> Gerd Nowakowski/Tagesspiegel
> 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
> publications/research 28 November 2012
> Police Spies Out of Lives
> Support group for women's legal action against undercover policing
> November 2012
> Website
> Website
> publications/research 10 December 2012
> New global report on discrimination against the nonreligious
> The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has produced the first report focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people. Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious has been published to mark Human Rights Day, Monday 10 December.
> 10 December 2012
> Website IHEU
> 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
> 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
> publications/research 06 January 2013
> Boat Guardia Civil runs over refugees killing 7, survivors start hunger strike
> 16 Survivors from a boat with refugees that was hit by a boat from the Spanish Guardia Civil near Lanzarote on December 13 2012, killing at least 7 refugees, have started a hunger strike
> 06 January 2013
> News (in German) on website FFM
> Forschungsgesellschaft Flucht & Migration
> meetings/conferences 06 January 2013
> Lecture: Big Brother in Europe
> Raf Jespers, writer of the book 'Big Brother in Europe' gives a lecture in ‘Het Huis Happaert’ in Antwerp on February 21 2013
> Antwerpen 21 February 2013
> More informationMore on the book (Dutch)
> Progress Lawyers Network
> 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 15 January 2013
> Schedule 7 terror laws used to interrogate activists
> There is now abundant evidence that the police are using terrorism powers to stop and question activists on their political activities when they pass through UK ports.
> Article on website
> Netpol
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> European Privacy Day 2013
> On January 28, the world celebrates Privacy Day, a day in which events are held around the world to recognize the importance of privacy for our human values and fundamental freedoms. European Privacy Day 2013 is a platform that gives visibility to events, organised by governmental and other institutions and civil society,that draw the attention to the value privacy and data protection have in our societies or engage the citizen in privacy relevant activities.
> website
> europeanprivacyday.org/
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> Me and my Shadow
> This website is created by the Tactical Technology Collective (and is in stable-Beta mode) to help you see which digital shadows you cast and how to make them smaller. Learn how you, your friends and family stay safe and sound in the digital world.
> website
> Tactical Technology Collective
> 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 29 January 2013
> Can Skype eavesdrop on your calls?
> Does Skype let police and authorities spy on users' conversations? That's the question a wide group of advocacy organisations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as Reporters Without Borders, and many activists and journalists, are asking in an open letter published online.
> 28 January 2013
> Article SMH
> Sydney Morning Herald
> campaigns/open letters 29 January 2013
> "Judges deny anti-GMO activists a fair trial"
> Dendermonde/Brussels, 15/01/2013 - In the presence of a huge crowd of supporters from a range of organisations, the court of Dendermonde (Belgium) has denied 11 anti-GMO activists the legal right to a defence in court
> Article on website GM WatchSupport groupVideo about the case
> GM-Watch
> 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
> demonstrations 07 February 2013
> Demonstration against the European Police Conference
> In February 2013 the 16th European Police Congress will be held in Berlin. According to the numbers of the responsible organiser, a publishing company for administration issues, around 1.600 participants coming from more than 50 countries attended the last congress in 2012.
> Berlin 16 February 2013
> Announcement on website More information (German)
> publications/research 07 February 2013
> Capita gets bigger slice of UK immigration cake, chokes on first bites
> Thousands of migrants received threatening text messages over the Christmas holiday telling them they did not have the right to be in the UK and should leave the country immediately. But many of them reportedly had valid visas, leaves to remain or even British passports. The texts were sent on behalf of the immigration authorities by the outsourcing giant Capita under a new £30 million contract to trace and contact 'overstayers'.
> 25 January 2013
> Article on website
> Corporate Watch
> demonstrations 07 February 2013
> Protest against death of Senegalese immigrant in Athens
> Greeks and immigrants unite in protest in central Athens over the death of Enyay Babakar, a Senegalese immigrant who died while fleeing police over selling goods without a permit.
> 05 February 2013
> Pictures
> Marcos Andronicou/Demotix
> 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
> 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
> demonstrations 14 March 2013
> Solidarity gathering for No Border Activists Brussels
> During the week of September 26 to October 1, 2010 was held a No Border camp in Brussels (..) Activists were arrested and convicted in April 2012 respectively to one year and six months suspended sentence (five years !) during a political-like trial they decided to appeal that verdict.
> Brussels 10 March 2013
> Press Release on website
> Indymedia Brussels
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> Protest at Mass Arrest of Trade Unionists in Turkey
> It is with dismay and outrage that once again we learn of yet another round of mass arrests in Turkey. This time the victims of this repressive police action, which has become all too commonplace in the country in recent months, are trade union activists and union officials.
> More on website (pdf)
> Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
> campaigns/open letters 28 March 2013
> Facing teargas
> Facing Tear Gas is a storytelling project of War Resisters League by and for people that have experienced tear gas all over the world.
> Website
> War Resisters League
> publications/research 28 March 2013
> (Nl) Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)-camera’s
> Weblog Sargasso has mapped the 1625 ANPR-camera's on Dutch soil, and reveals what they are capable to
> 21 march 2013
> Dutch article on weblog
> Sargasso.nl
> 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
> 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
> demonstrations 11 April 2013
> Call to demonstration against German Secret Service (Verfassungsschutz)
> Demonstration against the role of the German Secret Service in the so called NSU-scandal, a neo-nazi gang that murdered 10 persons.
> Munic 17 March 2013
> Press release RAW
> publications/research 15 April 2013
> Era of the digital mercenaries
> This year’s “Enemies of the Internet” report is focusing on surveillance – all the monitoring and spying that is carried out in order to control dissidents and prevent the dissemination of sensitive information, activities designed to shore up governments and head off potential destabilization.
> 12 march 2013
> Announcement on website RSFReport Enemies of the Internet (pdf)
> Reporters without Borders
> publications/research 28 April 2013
> Shocking testimony from the Police Station of Drapetsona
> I feel totally obliged to speak about the things I witnessed with my very own eyes at the Police Station of Drapetsona, a close-to- the city- port neighborhood in Piraeus. I really have no idea of how I could possibly help my fellow men and so I expect each one of you to contribute to this by making widely known what I saw:
> 26 April 2013
> Letter on europolice blog
> Europolice
> publications/research 28 April 2013
> Thousands more Tasers issued to police in London
> Police in London are being armed with an increasing number of "less lethal" weapons. Taser guns - electroshock weapons that deliver up to 1,200 volts into the body through metal probes that pierce the skin - are being made available to hundreds more police officers, leading to growing unease amongst politicians and the public. Concerns are being raised over the necessity and likely effectiveness of an increase in the use of the electroshock weapons, and an attempt is underway to have the legality of the decision-making process behind Taser use assessed by the courts.
> Article on Statewatch website
> Statewatch
> publications/research 28 April 2013
> European police to gain access to visa database
> Europol and national law enforcement authorities look likely to obtain access to asylum seekers' and irregular migrants' fingerprints held in the Eurodac database, following approval from the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee. Meanwhile, the Council is also looking to give effect to powers that provide access to the Visa Information System (VIS) for Europol and national law enforcement authorities.
> 26 April 2013
> Article on Statewatch website
> Statewatch News Online
> 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 27 May 2013
> Freedom for the five of Barcelona
> On May 15, Yolanda, Silvia, Juan, Xabier and José were arrested in their homes in the province of Barcelona, by order of the Spanish National Court, in a police operation that resulted as well in the smashing and seizure of material from Catalan anarchists premises.
> Text in English on website
> Solidarity website
> campaigns/open letters 27 May 2013
> Videos on 'less lethal weapons'
> The German video-collective leftvision has put different videos on the website showing the effects of police using so called 'less lethal weapons' (ruber bullets, paintballs, sound grenades)
> Videos and (German) text on website
> leftvision
> publications/research 27 May 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.
> 3 October 2012
> Online video
> Anthony Killick
> campaigns/open letters 27 May 2013
> The Era of the Digital Mercenaries
> Online surveillance is a growing danger for journalists, bloggers, citizen-journalists and human rights defenders. The Spyfiles that WikiLeaks released in 2012 showed the extent of the surveillance market, its worth (more than 5 billion dollars) and the sophistication of its products.
> Report on website
> Reporters Without Borders
> publications/research 13 June 2013
> Naked Citizens – new documentary about surveillance technology
> (...) A new documentary out about surveillance, police using drones, legally extracting information form phones, FinFisher, CCTV, the NSA, Wikileaks and new trends in surveillance technology: Naked Citizens, Journeyman Pictures.
> 28 May 2013
> Review on Blog
> Annalist
> campaigns/open letters 20 June 2013
> New! Facing Tear Gas Campaign Website
> Facing Tear Gas is a campaign to end the US’s role in the business of tear gas in solidarity with global nonviolent uprisings and those facing US-backed repression everywhere, including within the US.
> Announcement on WRL websiteCampaign website
> War Resisters League
> campaigns/open letters 20 June 2013
> Somali communities targeted by UK 'counter-terror' measures: the need for solidarity
> In the mass media Somalia has become a synonym for war, disorder, terrorism and piracy. The country has been a focus for covert US-led 'counter-terror' operations. Even less well known is that many Somalis in the UK have been persecuted under 'anti-terror' powers. Moreover, MI5 has intimidated numerous individuals to act as informers on their community.
> Announcement on websiteBriefing paper (pdf)
> 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 23 July 2013
> The city at a time of crisis: Mapping racist attacks in Athens
> The team behind the research project The City at a Time of Crisis, which aims to "trace and research the effects of the ongoing financial crisis on urban public spaces in Athens," recently launched a map to document racist attacks in the city. Statewatch spoke to Jaya Klara Brekke from the group to find out more.
> Interview with the makers of the projectWebsite
> Statewatch news Online
> publications/research 23 July 2013
> 'Left to Die'-boat case, testimony of Dan heile Gebre
> On April 2011, 63 migrants died in a boat in the waters off the coast of Libya. Military forces of several states were present in Libyan waters at that time. They received migrants' SOS. But no one assisted them. Dan Heile Gebre testifies.
> 11 April 2012
> Online video
> Communication Department FIDH Communication Department FIDH
> 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 23 July 2013
> Political surveillance cannot be justified – Netpol statement on Police Spying.
> Recent revelations about undercover policing have shown that a number of legal and political campaigns and organisations, including the Newham Monitoring Group, a partner organisation in Netpol, have been subject to covert surveillance operations. While the police are keen to dismiss criticism as being merely an historic issue, applying to a bygone era, Netpol sees no reason to believe that things have improved in recent years. The covert policing of dissent still lacks any effective internal accountability mechanism or means of independent/public scrutiny.
> Article on website
> Netpol
> campaigns/open letters 14 August 2013
> Big Brother Awards Netherlands
> on August 29 the annual prices will be awarded to the bigest enemies of privacy
> Announcement (Dutch)
> Bits of Freedom
> demonstrations 14 August 2013
> Callout for Organizing the Non-citizens' Protestmarch to Munich
> After the protest of the hungerstriking NC's at Rindermarkt, the violent eviction by the police and in view of the fact that none of the demands of the protesters were met, the NC's will continue their protests. So, the protesters from Rindermarkt, which are definitely not going to go back to the camps, jointly decided to walk in the form of two protest marches to Munich through Bavaria, to inform as many NC's as possible and to give the opportunity to participate in this protest to those who also want to do something about these conditions.
> 29 July 2013
> Website
> Refugee tent Action
> publications/research 24 August 2013
> Wellcome to Europe
> w2eu.info provides contacts and counselling to refugees and migrants on their way. At the outer borders of Europe, people are refused entry, they are imprisoned and deported. Nevertheless people are coming. w2eu.info is supporting you who come to Europe in your struggle for a better life.
> August 2013
> Website
> W2EU
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2013
> Open letter by the group „Lampedusa in Hamburg“ to the senate of Hamburg and a renewal of our offer for talks
> We, members of the group „Lampedusa in Hamburg“, do not hide our identity, but the European governments themselves are hiding from their responsibility and refuse to face the reality.
> Open letterBackground story at Statewatch News
> Lampedusa in Hamburg
> 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